Lies Notebaert


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

    6009 Crawley


  • 385 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

Personal profile


I obtained my PhD in Psychology in 2010 at Ghent University, Belgium, in the department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology. My PhD research was embedded in a broader research program investigating how cognitive processes (i.e., attention, interpretation, memory) contribute to emotional dysfunction, with my specific area of focus being in the allocation of attention to threatening information. My PhD research led me to pursue research with the Bushfire CRC, based at UWA, where I investigated the potentially adaptive role of cognitive processes operating in situations where individuals are exposed to genuine danger (bushfire threat). Since the conclusion of the Bushfire CRC project, the research I conduct at the Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion in the School of Psychology at UWA represent the union of the two lines of research I pursued previously. Specifically, my research centers on the alignment between cognitive and emotional processes, and contextual demands. I specialize in examining individual differences in the flexibility of adjusting cognitive and emotional processes to varying contextual demands. This alignment between cognition, emotion, and context is crucial to many areas of Psychology including clinical psychology and health psychology, as adaptive functioning requires proper alignment between these processes, and improper alignment can lead to maladaptive emotional and behavioral functioning.

Funding overview

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.


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

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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 2007 2018

  • 385 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 27 Article
  • 1 Chapter

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
1 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

Attentional control predicts change in bias in response to attentional bias modification

Basanovic, J., Notebaert, L., Grafton, B., Hirsch, C. R. & Clarke, P. J. F. 1 Dec 2017 In : Behaviour Research and Therapy. 99, p. 47-56 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Attentional Bias
Individual Differences
1 Citations

Attention bias modification training under working memory load increases the magnitude of change in attentional bias

Clarke, P. J. F., Branson, S., Chen, N. T. M., Van Bockstaele, B., Salemink, E., MacLeod, C. & Notebaert, L. 1 Dec 2017 In : Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 57, p. 25-31 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Short-Term Memory
Attentional Bias
Working Memory
8 Citations

Confusing procedures with process when appraising the impact of cognitive bias modification on emotional vulnerability

Grafton, B., MacLeod, C., Rudaizky, D., Holmes, E. A., Salemink, E., Fox, E. & Notebaert, L. 1 Nov 2017 In : British Journal of Psychiatry. 211, 5, p. 266-271 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Personnel


2018 Prospective memory studies dataset

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