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Biography

I completed my Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2011 at Macquarie University working with Dr Jon Brock. For my honours project, I used eye-tracking to investigate the ability to integrate context during reading. Specifically, I was interested in the relationship between this ability and subclinical autistic traits.

I commenced my PhD in 2012 under the supervision of A/Prof Genevieve McArthur, Dr Jon Brock, and Dr Alexandra Woolgar.

During my PhD, I developed new virtual reality paradigms to investigate the cognitive and neural mechanisms of joint attention and social interaction in typical development and in adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In my research, I use a range of techniques, including, eye tracking, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). 

I completed my PhD in 2015 and began a 2-year joint postdoctoral fellowship with the Perception in Action Research Centre and the ARC Centre for Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie, where I worked on a number of eye-tracking and fMRI projects investigating the neural mechanisms of gaze processing and gaze-based communication in adults with schizophrenia and typical development.

Aside from my research in social cognition and neuroscience, I am also involved in a number of literacy research projects investigating reading and spelling in adults and adolescents.

External positions

Reviewer, Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience

2018 → …

Reviewer, Social Cognition and Affective Neuroscience

2015 → …

Reviewer, NeuroImage

2014 → …

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Projects 2017 2021

Research Outputs 2012 2019

Intact prioritisation of unconscious face processing in schizophrenia

Caruana, N., Stein, T., Watson, T., Williams, N. & Seymour, K., 2019, In : Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. 24, 2, p. 135-151 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Schizophrenia
Theory of Mind
Unconscious (Psychology)
Interpersonal Relations
Psychotic Disorders

The association between poor reading and internalising problems: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Francis, D. A., Caruana, N., Hudson, J. & McArthur, G., Feb 2019, In : Clinical Psychology Review. 67, p. 45-60 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Meta-Analysis
Reading
Anxiety
Depression
Learning Disorders

Adaptive sensory coding of gaze direction in schizophrenia

Palmer, C. J., Caruana, N., Clifford, C. W. G. & Seymour, K. J., 1 Dec 2018, In : Royal Society Open Science. 5, 12, p. 1-13 13 p., 180886.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Schizophrenia
Sensory Receptor Cells
Social Adjustment
Low Vision
History

Joint attention difficulties in autistic adults: an interactive eye-tracking study

Caruana, N., Stieglitz Ham, H., Brock, J., Woolgar, A., Kloth, N., Palermo, R. & McArthur, G., May 2018, In : Autism. 22, 4, p. 502-512 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Aptitude
Autistic Disorder
Intelligence
Cues
Communication

Perceptual integration of head and eye cues to gaze direction in schizophrenia

Palmer, C. J., Caruana, N., Clifford, C. W. G. & Seymour, K. J., 12 Dec 2018, In : Royal Society Open Science. 5, 12, p. 1-12 12 p., 180885.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Cues
Schizophrenia
Head
Theory of Mind
Low Vision

Prizes

Publications
Students
Research
human being

Postgraduate Research Grant - Commendation

Nathan Caruana (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Honorary award

Postgraduate Research Grant - Commendation

Nathan Caruana (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Honorary award

Press / Media

Virtual Reality May Reveal New Clues about Autism Social Difficulties

Nathan Caruana & Jonathan Brock

24/05/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism

Nathan Caruana & Jonathan Brock

16/05/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research