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I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist interested in how perceptual and attentional capacities underpin complex functioning such as how cognitive control relates to reading abilities. My research focuses on learning difficulties and exceptional development with the aim of contributing to scientific understanding as well as translation for education and intervention. Through understanding everyday behaviours like reading, I investigate the basic workings and evolution of the mind. I conduct these enquiries using behavioural psychophysics and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., electroencephalography, functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound, and functional magnetic resonance imaging).

I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Western Australia, working with Mike Anderson (Honours, 2002: The Attentional Blink and Children: Development of Selective Attention and Automatic Processing), and John Hogben and Jan Fletcher (combined Masters/PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology, 2008: Applying the Attentional Blink). After lecturing at Curtin University, I took up a postdoc fellowship with Dorothy Bishop in Oxford Study of Children’s Communication Impairments (OSCCI). In Oxford my work predominantly examined language lateralisation in adults and toddlers using functional Transcanial Doppler Ultrasound (click the doi for the Bishop et al., 2010 periodical below for a short video of the method). I returned to Australia in 2011 to take up a postdoctoral research fellowship in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, predominantly working with Genevieve McArthur investigating the relationship between cognitive control and reading. We’ve also validating a gaming-EEG system for research and, with Nik Williams, are currently exploring neural indices of academic success.

External positions

Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford

10 Apr 200811 Apr 2011

Lecturer, Curtin University of Technology

1 Jun 200731 Dec 2008

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Projects 2012 2021

Research Outputs 2002 2019

Correlates of externalising and internalising problems in children with dyslexia: an analysis of data from clinical casefiles

Boyes, M. E., Leitão, S., Claessen, M., Badcock, N. A. & Nayton, M., 30 May 2019, In : Australian Psychologist.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Self Concept
Crime Victims

Paired associate learning deficits in poor readers: the contribution of phonological input and output processes

Litt, R., Wang, H-C., Sailah, J., Badcock, N. A. & Castles, A., 2019, In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 72, 3, p. 616-633 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Paired-Associate Learning
Articulation Disorders
Verbal Learning

No meditation-related changes in the auditory N1 during first-time meditation

Barnes, L. J., McArthur, G. M., Biedermann, B. A., de Lissa, P., Polito, V. & Badcock, N. A., May 2018, In : International Journal of Psychophysiology. 127, p. 26-37 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evoked Potentials
Reproducibility of Results

Phonics training for English-speaking poor readers

Mcarthur, G., Sheehan, Y., Badcock, N. A., Francis, D. A., Wang, H. C., Kohnen, S., Banales, E., Anandakumar, T., Marinus, E. & Castles, A., 14 Nov 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018, 11, p. 1-139 139 p., CD009115.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Voice Training
Confidence Intervals
Random Allocation

Relationships between reading ability and child mental health: moderating effects of self-esteem

Boyes, M. E., Tebbutt, B., Preece, K. A. & Badcock, N. A., Apr 2018, In : Australian Psychologist. 53, 2, p. 125-133 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Self Concept
Mental Health

Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Oral presentation

Investigation word recognition with fast periodic visual stimulation using EEG

Bianca De Wit (Speaker), Teresa Schubert (Speaker), Nicholas Ware (Speaker), Hua-Chen Wang (Speaker), Nicholas A. Badcock (Speaker), Sachiko Kinoshita (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

When gaming meets Neuroscience: Unlocking the potential of mind mapping using mobile EEG

Bianca De Wit (Speaker), Nicholas A. Badcock (Speaker), Alexandra Woolgar (Speaker), Peter De Lissa (Speaker)
Dec 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation