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My research focuses primarily on two different aspects of sensory processing: the mechanisms and influences of selective attention, and the way in which the brain integrates information, including unusual occurrences of integration such as Synaesthesia.

My research explores the way in which selective attention works. I am particularly interested in the way the brain maintains the delicate balance between voluntary deployments of attention towards a goal and the involuntary shifts of attention caused by events in the environment. My attention work focuses in three main domains: the cognitive processes underpinning visual search, in both abstract displays and within more applied displays such as medical images; sustained attention and the challenges involved in maintaining vigilance; and the neural underpinnings of attention. I am exploring these aspects of visual attention using psychophysics and neuroimaging. I am also interested in the way in which the brain changes and adapts to injury or modified input.

My second major stream of research focuses on multisensory integration, including research on synaesthesia, an unusual condition in which stimulation in one sensory modality generates an additional experience. For example, in 'sound-colour' synaesthesia, a sound elicits a colour experience; in 'grapheme-colour' synaesthesia, letters, digits and words each generate particular involuntary colours. Although unusual, synaesthesia is not a disorder; it can provide us with a unique view of the integration that underlies perception. We are currently conducting studies on grapheme-colour, sound-colour, and olfactory-colour synaesthesia.

As always, I am happy to hear from people who think they might have synaesthesia - check out our Synaesthesia Research page for more information.

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Projects 2008 2021

Research Outputs 2001 2019

Do target detection and target localization always go together? Extracting information from briefly presented displays

Carrigan, A. J., Wardle, S. G. & Rich, A. N., Nov 2019, In : Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. 81, 8, p. 2685–2699 15 p.

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Open Access
Open Access
Visual Cortex

Seeing versus knowing: the temporal dynamics of real and implied colour processing in the human brain

Teichmann, L., Grootswagers, T., Carlson, T. A. & Rich, A. N., 15 Oct 2019, In : NeuroImage. 200, p. 373-381 9 p.

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Color Perception
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The structure of illusory conjunctions reveals hierarchical binding of multipart objects

Vul, E., Rieth, C. A., Lew, T. F. & Rich, A. N., 24 Oct 2019, In : Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.

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Focus of Attention

Activities 2015 2015

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Global Young Academy (External organisation)

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Press / Media

When Helen reads a sentence, the words each have their own colour

Anina Rich


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Episode 8: "The smell" with Jo Burzynska & Anina Rich

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Synesthesia: seeing sounds, hearing colours

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2018, Public lecture: The Taste of Purple – The Power Institute (University of Sydney)

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