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I spent many years researching the hum

I have spent many years researching the human brain and how it generates the reality we ‘see’. I am fascinated by how our brains adapt and learn in different environments.
Following my PhD, I worked at the University of Melbourne as a Postdoctoral Scientist supervised by Professor Jason Mattingley for 2.5 years. Subsequently, I was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellowship to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) supervised by Professor Nancy Kanwisher for 2 years.


​I returned to Australia in September 2007 to complete the NHMRC Fellowship, taking up a research position at Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (MACCS), Macquarie University. In 2009, I was awarded an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship for 5 years.


​​In 2016, I started teaching a new course for 1st year students which is an introduction to cognitive and brain sciences. It has been very a popular course with over 600 students enrolled in 2019. I also started the Neuroscience for Kindy Kids program and got involved in several other outreach programs to primary and high schools.

See https://www.drmarkwilliams.com/ for more details.

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Projects 2005 2021

Research Outputs 2002 2020

Late disruption of central visual field disrupts peripheral perception of form and color

Weldon, K. B., Woolgar, A., Rich, A. N. & Williams, M. A., 30 Jan 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 1, 17 p., e0219725.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Form Perception
Color Perception
Visual Fields

Are we the dumbest devices in the room?

Williams, M., Sep 2019, News Weekly, 3053, p. 13 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

world population
new technology

Implicit violent imagery processing among fans and non-fans of music with violent themes

Sun, Y., Lu, X., Williams, M. & Thompson, W. F., 13 Mar 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 3, p. 1-11 11 p., 181580.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Curious kids: why are we ticklish?

Rich, A. N. & Williams, M., 28 Mar 2018, The Conversation. Academic rigour, journalistic flair.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

Moral violations and the experience of disgust and anger

Oaten, M., Stevenson, R. J., Williams, M. A., Rich, A. N., Butko, M. & Case, T. I., 22 Aug 2018, In : Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 12, p. 1-14 14 p., 179.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Magnetic Resonance Imaging