Shahd Al-Janabi

Shahd is a Cognitive Neuroscientist with a particular interest in visual cognition. She completed a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in 2014 then went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist within the Neuroscience Group at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her primary research interest is in examining the neural and cognitive factors that give rise to flexible control of behaviour. In particular, her research concerns the way in which information about the visual world is processed by the visual system then manipulated by the cognitive system to guide behaviour. Specifically, her projects ask questions such as: What factors enable us to reflexively vs. voluntarily select information in space? Can the selection of objects occur independently of the selection of spatial locations? If so, are the neural mechanisms underpinning the selection of objects separate to those underpinning the selection of spatial locations? Finally, is there a similarity in the evolutionary trajectory of both information selection modes? Shahd investigates these research questions, and others concerning face processing and response modification, using behavioural measures (response latency), neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuronal interference/stimulation (TMS).

Recently, Shahd has moved on to work as a Human Factors Scientist, wherein she will be applying her understanding of information processing to examining optimal modalities for human-robot communication, and ways in which to enhance an operator’s processing of the multi-modal information received by robotic sensors whilst completing concurrent tasks. She will use immersive technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, and field trials for these investigations. 

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