Dr. Michelle G. Hall (lab alumnus)

Former PhD Student (2018)

Email: michelle.hall@uqconnect.edu.au

Personal webpage: http://psy.uq.edu.au/mhall


Current research

Michelle’s research investigates how the human brain adapts to patterns and predictabilities in the world around us. These patterns might be consistent co-occurrences between different objects, such as the groups of familiar faces we encounter at work, or consistent locations of certain objects that we encounter, such as a surfboard at the beach but not at the park. Michelle’s work explores the behavioural and neural mechanisms that support this regularity learning, as well as the consequences for perception and cognition. In another line of work, Michelle is investigating whether confidence in perceptual decisions is amenable to training.


Research interests

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Visual perception and attention
  • Regularity learning
  • Confidence


Published papers

Hall, M. G., Naughtin, C. K., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (2018). Distributed and opposing effects of incidental learning in the human brain. NeuroImage. 173, 351–360

Hall, M. G., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., 2018). Electrophysiological correlates of incidentally learned expectations in human vision. Journal of Neurophysiology. 119, 1461–1470

Hall, M. G., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (2015). Distinct contributions of attention and working memory to visual statistical learning and ensemble processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 1112-1123.

Laurent, P. A., Hall, M. G., Anderson, B. A., & Yantis, S., (2015). Valuable orientations capture attention. Visual Cognition, 23, 133-146.

Anderson, B. A., Leal, S. L., Hall, M. G., Yassa, M. A., & Yantis, S., (2014). The attribution of value-based attentional priority in individuals with depressive symptoms. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 1221-1227.

Kamke, M. R., Hall, M. G., Lye, H. F., Sale, M. V., Fenlon, L. R., Carroll, T. J., Riek, S., & Mattingley, J. B., (2012). Visual attentional load influences plasticity in the human motor cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 7001-7008.


Conference presentations

Hall, M. G., Naughtin, C. K., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (Nov 2017). Distributed and opposing effects of incidental learning on visual processing in the human brain. Talk presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, Adelaide, Australia.

Hall, M. G., Naughtin, C. K., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (2016, June). The influence of expectation on visual processing in the human brain. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, Switzerland.

Hall, M. G. Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (2014, November). Attention modulates the relationship between summary statistics and incidental learning of regularities. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Anderson, B. A., Leal, S. L., Hall, M. G., Yassa, M. A., & Yantis, S., (2014, November). The attribution of value-based attentional priority in individuals with depressive symptoms. Paper presented at Object Perception, Attention, and Memory annual meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Hall, M. G., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (2014, August). Estimating ensemble statistics impairs statistical learning. Poster presented at Science of Learning Research Centre Big Day Out, Adelaide, Australia.

Hall, M. G., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (2014, May). Statistical processing in perception and cognition. Paper presented at the QBI-MCN Autumn School and Workshop, Heron Island, Australia.

Hall, M. G., Mattingley, J. B., & Dux, P. E., (2014, April). Estimating ensemble statistics impairs statistical learning. Poster presented at the annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Laurent, P. A., Anderson, B. A., Hall, M. G., & Yantis, S., (2012, May). Value-driven attentional capture by rewarded orientations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL.