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Miss Angela Renton

Position: PhD Student, Former Research Assistant (2016-2017), Summer Scholar (2015-2016) and Honours Student (2015)


Professor Jason Mattingley (primary)

Current research

I work on a number of projects using behavioural and physiological measures as well as measures of neural activity (EEG, fNIRS). Some of my recent projects include:
  • BCI: Developing a fast and flexible frequency tagging based brain computer interface spelling device using a high accuracy classifier to distinguish between 40 frequencies.
  • Joint Action: Investigating how the brain coordinates joint actions from the perspective of visual attention and testing the neural synchrony hypothesis.
  • Approach and Avoidance: Investigating whether differing behavioural goals effect the allocation of selective attention to behaviourally relevant objects in dynamic interactive environments.
  • Working Memory: Investigating whether the contralateral delay activity tracks the number of objects of the number of unique identities held in working memory.
  • Attentional Load: Contrasting well established electrophysiological effects of attentional load measured with EEG with the BOLD response measured with fNIRS.

Research interests

  • Brain Computer Interfaces
  • Frequency tagging/ steady-state visual-evoked potentials (SSVEPs)
  • Machine learning and pattern classification in EEG
  • Hyperscanning


Gilson N.D., Hall C., Renton A.I., Ng N. & von Hippel W. (2017). Do sitting, standing or treadmill desks impact psychobiological indicators of work productivity? Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

Conference presentations

Renton, A.I., Mattingley, J.B. & Painter, D.R. (2017, December). Translating thoughts into text: Rapid communication with a brain computer interface virtual keyboard. Poster presentation at Systems and Computational Neuroscience Down Under, Brisbane.

Renton, A.I., Painter, D.R. & Mattingley, J.B. (2017, August). Differential mobilization of visual selective attention during dynamic approach and avoidance behaviour
Poster presentation at the 13th International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience, Amsterdam.

Painter, D.R., Renton, A.I. & Mattingley, J.B. (2017, August). Are two brains better than one? Evidence for neural synchrony across co-actors in a visually guided movement task
Poster presentation at the 13th International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience, Amsterdam.

Renton, A.I., Painter, D. R., Kim, J. J., & Mattingley, J. B. (2016, November). Are two brains better than one? Evidence of neural synchrony across co-actors in a visually guided movement task. Talk at  the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Conference, Shoal Bay, Australia.

Gilson, N.D., Hall, C., Becker, L., Renton, A.I., Ng, N. & von Hippel, B. (2016, October). Do sitting, standing or walking desks impact attentional resources and stress response in office work?. In: ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (e6-e6) 

Renton, A.I., Painter, D.R., & Mattingley, J.B. (2015, November). Neural Correlates of Selective Visual Attention for Interactive Approach and AvoidancePoster presentation at the Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Auckland.

Renton, A.I. (2015, September). Using evoked brain oscillations to track approach and avoidance behaviour during video-game play. Talk at the University of Queensland Undergraduate Research Conference, Brisbane.