Troy Visser

Associate Professor, PhD Br.Col.

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

    6009 Crawley



Personal profile


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 2008 2018

1 Citations
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Allelic variation in dopamine D2 receptor gene is associated with attentional impulsiveness on the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11)

Taylor, J. B., Cummins, T. D. R., Fox, A. M., Johnson, B. P., Tong, J. H., Visser, T. A. W., Hawi, Z. & Bellgrove, M. A. 10 Jan 2017 In : The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dopamine D2 Receptors
Impulsive Behavior
Episodic Memory
Task Performance and Analysis
Attentional Blink