Welcome to my laboratory website

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the Bathurst campus of Charles Sturt University, Australia.

This is my lab website. Although my research is best described as comparative cognition, it spans traditional psychology core topics (such as cognition, learning, perception, biopsychology and social psychology), as well as behavioural ecology, human ethology and evolutionary psychology.
I work with both human and animal subjects.

The central questions of all my research concern the function and evolutionary significance of psychological mechanisms.

Understanding how psychological mechanisms operate within the environment in which they evolved (whether that be the ecological environment, social environment, visual environment, etc.) is critical to understanding why humans and animals behave the way they do.
Current research projects are investigating the cognition that supports foraging behaviour in birds (noisy miners in particular), face recognition and signalling in humans, mate attraction and sexual behaviour in humans, visual attention and psychopathy.

For more detail about some of these research projects visit my Research page.

If you are a prospective honours student or post-graduate research student and you would like to be a part of one of these projects, or you have an idea for a project of your own that you think I might be interested in supervising, please get in touch.

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