Dr Nicole Thomas

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (327)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology in May 2011. Following this, I received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in Canada. I moved to Australia to undertake this fellowship and work with Professor Mike Nicholls at Flinders University. I am currently employed as an ARC Early Career Research Fellow, working in the Brain and Cognition laboratory.

PhD in Psychology, University of Saskatchewan (CAN)
BA (High Honours) in Psychology, University of Saskatchewan (CAN)
Honours, awards and grants
Feb 2013 - Vice-Chancellor'sAward for Early Career Researchers
Key responsibilities
Mentor undergraduate and postgraduate research students
Supervise and conduct research in psychological and cognitive sciences
Research expertise
Cognitive science
Research interests

I have an overarching interest in the laterality of the brain and how this influences behaviour. My primary research interests fall in cognitive psychology. My research investigates the underlying neural mechanisms that control various cognitive processes, such as attention, and perception. In particular, I am interested in attentional asymmetries and how they influence our perception and behaviours, as well as how individual characteristics and personality traits differentially influence attention.

I focus on left-right, as well as up-down, differences in visual attention and face perception. I am interested in how attention is differentially directed to various areas in space. Further, my research examines how various characteristics, such as cognitive load and emotion, influence how our attention is distributed across space. My recent work focuses on distractibility in attention and the role of cross-modal integration.

I am also interested in the relationship between eye movements and attention. This research focuses on where individuals are looking and what this tells us about where our attention is being directed and how this influences behaviours. I use eye-tracking to further our understanding of visual attention as well as facial emotion.

Supervisory interests
Cognitive psychology
Sensory perception
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Psychology (5)
Expert for media contact
Cognitive science
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  • Attention
  • Laterality

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