Troy Visser

Associate Professor, PhD Br.Col.

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

    6009 Perth


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My research is at the interface between key human cognitive abilities, like attention and multi-tasking, and human behaviours across a variety of situations.

Over a century of "basic" experimental research has taught us a lot about human cognition and perception, as well as their underlying neural mechanisms. However, we know much less about how these abilities differ across individuals and groups, or how these abilities influence everyday behaviours, like driving, or performance in specialized jobs, like the military or or air-traffic control.

The goal of our work is to answer these questions by breaking through traditional divides between basic and applied research, and to focus instead on building a reciprocal relationship, in which basic research can guide practical questions, and practical outcomes can give new insights into basic processes.

Roles and responsibilities

Head, Attention and Human Behaviour Laboratory (UWA Psychological Science).
A/Prof Visser's laboratory is equipped with a medium-fidelity vehicle simulator, tDCS neural stimulators, eye-tracking equipment, and behavioural testing computers (Presentation, Matlab). He also has access to School-based ERP and physiological recording (GSR, heart-rate monitoring) equipment.

Editorial Board Member

1. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human, Perception & Performance
2. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics

multi-tasking, simulation, perception, human factors

Funding overview

Australian Research Council
Neurotrauma Research Program (Harry Perkins Institute)
Defence Science and Technology Group

Teaching overview

PSYC 2203 (Research Methods and Statistics) - Unit Coordinator
PSYC 1101 (Psychology: Mind & Brain)
PSYC 2217/3317 (Cognitive Neuroscience)
PSYC 3310 (Specialist Report Topics)


Please contact A/Prof Visser for updates on the latest projects and see our recent publications on the website


  • Visual attention
  • Reading
  • Consciousness
  • Stereotypes
  • Distraction and cognitive control
  • Visual perception

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Research Output 1999 2018

Automaticity of social cues: The influence of limiting cognitive resources on head orientation cueing

Visser, T. A. W. & Roberts, A., 1 Dec 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 10288

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Using Situation Awareness and Workload to Predict Performance in Submarine Track Management: A Multilevel Approach

Loft, S., Jooste, L., Li, Y. R., Ballard, T., Huf, S., Lipp, O. V. & Visser, T. A. W., 1 Nov 2018, In : Human Factors. 60, 7, p. 978-991 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human engineering