• The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 454 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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Our cognitive system is a filter through which we experience the world. The way in which we process the vast amount of information coming from the world around us has an enormous impact on how we feel and act in the present, on how we look towards the future.

This balance between cognition, emotion, and behaviour, particularly in individuals exposed to adversity, represents the focus of Dr Lies Notebaert’s work. When the balance between these processes is right, individuals can show remarkable resilience. However, when this balance falls apart, it can have a devastating impact on emotional wellbeing.

Dr Notebaert examines cognitive processes such as attention, interpretation, memory, and complex planning, to find out how these affect mental health and resilience in people who are dealing with adversity. This adversity can come from a variety of sources, such as the threat of natural disasters (for instance bushfires), declining physical health in older adults, workplace stress, or traumatic experiences. She develops computer-based tasks to measure these cognitive processes, and builds computer-, tablet-, or smartphone-based training tasks to alter maladaptive cognitive processes, with the aim of improving mental health and resilience.

Dr Notebaert obtained her cognitive-experimental research background through a Bachelor and Master of Science in Theoretical and Experimental Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. She holds a PhD from the department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University. In 2011, she joined UWA’s Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion, which she now co-directs.

Funding overview

2018: Trimming, A., Hutchinson, J., Carpini, J., Notebaert, L. From Workplace Stress to Workplace Wellness: Improving Individual, Organizational, and Societal Outcomes in Local Government Administration. Local Government Professionals Western Australia. $15,119 + travel costs

2018: Notebaert L. UWA School of Psychological Science Small Grant Scheme. $3,172

2017: Notebaert L. (PCI), Hirsch C. (CI). The attentional basis of individual differences in clinical versus non-clinical worry. UWA Research Collaboration Award. $21,140

2014: Notebaert L. (PCI), Clarke P. (CI), Van Bockstaele B. (CI), Wiers R. (CI), Salemink E. (CI). The relationship between cognitive bias modification and emotion regulation: The missing link. UWA Research Collaboration Award. $15,000

2014: MacLeod C., Notebaert L., Bell J., Clarke P., Grafton B., Badcock D., Maybery M., Fay N., Visser T. UWA Faculty of Science Small Equipment Fund. $22,055

2012: Notebaert L. (PCI), McNally R. (AI), Koster E. (AI), Rudaizky D. (AI), Enock, P. (AI), Onraedt T. (AI). Resilience building at hand: Increasing adaptive functioning through smartphone delivery of positive cognitive bias modification. UWA Research Collaboration Award. $3,000

2012: Clarke P. (CI), Grafton B. (AI), Browning M. (AI), Holmes E. (AI), Notebaert L. (AI). Cognitive and Neurological Approaches to Enhancing the Modification of Information Processing Biases in Emotional Vulnerability. UWA Research Collaboration Award. $18,473

2012: Bushfire CRC International Travel Support: $2,000

2011: Notebaert L. (CI), Koster E. (AI), MacLeod C. (AI). Facilitating Stress Resilience and Adaptive Behaviour Through Attentional Training. UWA Research Collaboration Award. $10,000

2011: Notebaert L. (CI), McNeill I. (AI). How Individual Differences in Selective Attentional Processing of Melanoma Related Information Contribute to Adaptive Prevention and Early Detection Behaviour. UWA Research Development Award. $12,950

Previous positions

09/2010 - 04/2010: Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium

Teaching overview

Unit coordination:
2016 – present: UWA PSYC4416: Psychological Research and Theory
2014 – 2015: UWA PSYC1101: Psychology: Mind & Brain

2016 – present: UWA PSYC4416: Psychological Research and Theory
2013 – present: UWA PSYC1101: Mind & Brain
2012 – 2015: UWA PSYC3310: Specialized research topic: Cognition, Emotion and the role of information processing biases
2011: Ghent University H000893: Questions on cognition-related processes in health psychology

PhD supervision:

Jessie Georgiades (2017-present). The attentional basis of individual differences in the tendency to experience productive versus unproductive worry.
Matthew Herbert (2016-present). The attentional underpinnings of functional and dysfunctional anxiety.
Henry Austin (2015-present). Biased processing of emotional information, alcohol-related information, or both? Investigating the cognitive mechanisms underpinning drinking in response to valenced information.
Kar Fye Alvin Lee (2015-present). Overactive performance monitoring: A neurocognitive endophenotype for OCD?
Georgina Mann (2014-present). The effects of attentional bias and attentional control on anticipatory and perseverative anxiety.
Ines Pandzic (2013-present). Attentional bias to threat and cognitive intrusions following an acute negative event.
Stephanie Stevens (201-present). Targeted delivery of brief CBM to produce a transient reduction in state anxiety which provides enduring benefits.


  • Ageing
  • Health
  • Attention
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Emotional disorders
  • Mood and cognition
  • Memory and information processing
  • Individual differences
  • Risk perception
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Resilience
  • Anxiety

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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 2007 2018

  • 454 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 29 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/debate

Authors' reply

Grafton, B., MacLeod, C., Rudaizky, D., Salemink, E., Fox, E. & Notebaert, L., 1 Apr 2018, In : British Journal of Psychiatry. 212, 4, p. 246-247 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Can training change attentional breadth? Failure to find transfer effects

Fang, L., Hoorelbeke, K., Bruyneel, L., Notebaert, L., MacLeod, C., de Raedt, R. & Koster, E. H. W., 1 May 2018, In : Psychological Research. 82, 3, p. 520-534 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Training Support
Visual Perception
Bayes Theorem

Inhibitory attentional control in anxiety: Manipulating cognitive load in an antisaccade task

Basanovic, J., Notebaert, L., Clarke, P., MacLeod, C., Jawinski, P. & Chen, N., 10 Dec 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 10, e0205720

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Eye Movements

The therapeutic potential of attentional bias modification training for insomnia: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Akram, U., Milkins, B., Ypsilanti, A., Reidy, J., Lazuras, L., Stevenson, J., Notebaert, L. & Barclay, N. L., 19 Oct 2018, In : Trials. 19, 1, 567

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Randomized Controlled Trials
Attentional Bias
4 Citations

Attentional bias mediates the effect of neurostimulation on emotional vulnerability

Chen, N. T. M., Basanovic, J., Notebaert, L., MacLeod, C. & Clarke, P. J. F., 1 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Psychiatric Research. 93, p. 12-19 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prefrontal Cortex
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Attentional Bias


2018 Prospective memory studies dataset

Notebaert, L. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 2018



Emotion-in-Motion task material

Notebaert, L. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 2018