Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

In progress.

Research centre


Dr Naohide Yamamoto
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


Our everyday environment contains lots of objects, but we need to find what we are looking for out of the cluttered environment, and we often need to do so quickly. If you miss an obstacle on the road while driving, for example, its consequence can be grave.

Luckily, our visual system (or, more generally, attentional system) can use various cues to facilitate this search.

This project will investigate what cues the visual and attentional system uses, and how they affect behavioural and neural responses to visual displays.

Research activities

This project will involve developing and running lab experiments on visual search. This will include some or all of the following:

  • creating visual stimuli for experiments
  • programming experiments using specialised software or programming languages such as Python and Matlab
  • recruiting and testing research participants.

The testing will be mostly behavioural - i.e., participants will view the visual stimuli and make behavioural responses (e.g., pressing a button when they find a target).

If the project progresses well, we may be able to do some EEG (electroencephalography) recording too.

All of these resources (software, lab space and computer, and EEG) will be provided. The supervisor will be available for regular meetings, and you will be provided with detailed instructions for each of the tasks.

Skills and experience

You must have:

  • a strong interest in cognitive psychology and neuroscience
  • completed undergraduate units related to cognitive psychology and neuroscience (e.g., at QUT, PYB102, PYB204, and PYB304), commensurate with your current progress in their course.

We would prefer you to have:

  • an interest in pursuing a PhD in cognitive psychology and neuroscience in the future
  • experience with computer programming (in any language, but Python and/or Matlab will be most relevant).



Contact the supervisor for more information.