Lucy Ford

Research Assistant, Former Honours Student (2017)



Professor Jason Mattingley (primary)

Dr. Matthew Tang

Honours research

The aim of my Honours theses is to investigate the neural correlates of spatial attention. We will measure steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs) and evaluate patterns of brain activity when humans attend to one side of space and ignore the other side of space. We also aim to examine how attention modulates orientation tuning curves. Specifically, we are asking the question: Do neurons fire more selectively for a preferred orientation when attention is increased, or does attention just create a larger overall response?

Research interests

  • The impact of attention and suppression on visual processing
  • Attentional modulation of orientation-selective responses
  • Self-harm behaviours and suicide: Gender differences and neural correlates