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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

Appearance-based trust processing in schizophrenia

Sutherland, C. A. M., Rhodes, G., Williams, N., Connaughton, E., Ewing, L., Caruana, N. & Langdon, R., 6 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Experimental Games
Decision Making
Interpersonal Relations

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

Theory of Mind
Unconscious (Psychology)
Interpersonal Relations
Psychotic Disorders

No influence of eye gaze on emotional face processing in the absence of conscious awareness

Caruana, N., Inkley, C., Zein, M. E. & Seymour, K., 7 Nov 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 8 p., 16198.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Expressed Emotion
Facial Expression

Responding to joint attention bids in schizophrenia: an interactive eye-tracking study

Caruana, N., Seymour, K., Brock, J. & Langdon, R., 1 Aug 2019, In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 72, 8, p. 2068-2083 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Video Games
Reaction Time

Should I trust you? Autistic traits predict reduced appearance-based trust decisions

Hooper, J. J., Sutherland, C. A. M., Ewing, L., Langdon, R., Caruana, N., Connaughton, E., Williams, N., Greenwell-Barnden, J. & Rhodes, G., Nov 2019, In : British Journal of Psychology. 110, 4, p. 617-634 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Autistic Disorder
Theory of Mind


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Postgraduate Research Grant - Commendation

Nathan Caruana (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Honorary award

Postgraduate Research Grant - Commendation

Nathan Caruana (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Honorary award

Press / Media

Virtual Reality May Reveal New Clues about Autism Social Difficulties

Nathan Caruana & Jonathan Brock


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism

Nathan Caruana & Jonathan Brock


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research