Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle
Professor Kristen Pammer is the Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. She holds qualifications in science, psychology and neuroanatomy from the University of Wollongong and the University of New South Wales. Her expertise is in applied cognitive psychology, particularly applied aspects of visual attention, such as attentional allocation in driving, reading and dyslexia. In these research contexts, she also do brain imaging research – specifically magnetoencephalographic (MEG) imaging.
The long term theme of her research has been in understanding the brain mechanisms and visual-attention processes that are involved in reading, particularly in dyslexia. Specifically she has used behavioural and brain imaging technology to understand how very fast visual signals in the brain can guide attention and synchronise to support complex cognition. Since 2010 her research has shifted to include understanding the visual-attentional mechanisms that are involved in identifying hazards when driving, particularly how failures of visual attention can cause crashes. In this context she has also been looking at autonomous vehicles and how psychological factors can impact situation awareness and take-over capacity.
She is also passionate about teaching and learning; She was an ANU University Education Scholar, a founding Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, developed the Peer Partnerships in Teaching, and Tutor Training program, a member of the University Education Committee, and the Deputy Director of Science Education (Psychology), and the Associate Dean Science (teaching and learning).
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