Clinical Psychophysics Unit


Research Overview

Our research aims to better understand normal visual processing and damage due to disease. The laboratory has specific interests in the study of glaucoma, migraine, and the process of normal aging. We are also interested in how the brain combines information from multiple senses (for example, vision and hearing) and how aging and sensory damage influence these processes. Our applied aims include developing better clinical tests for the assessment of vision loss (in particular perimetry and ocular imaging), and improving understanding of the consequences of vision loss on performance in natural visual environments and day-to-day tasks. Our current studies use a variety of methods including visual psychophysics, human electrophysiology and human brain and ocular imaging.

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  • Dr Bao Nguyen
  • Ms Janet Chan

Research Higher Degree Students

  • Mr Kabilan Pitchaimuthu (PhD)
  • Ms Nikki Rubinstein (PhD)
  • Ms Menaka Malavita (PhD)
  • Ms Cassandra Brooks (MPhil)


  • A/Prof Andrew Turpin, Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor David Badcock, Psychology, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Anna Ma-Wyatt, Psychology, University of Adelaide
  • Prof Jonathan Crowston, Dr Zhichao Wu, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Olivia Carter, Dr Stefan Bode, Psychology, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Andrew Anderson, Dr Michael Pianta, Prof Algis Vingrys, Prof Trichur Vidyasagar, University of Melbourne
  • Prof Gary Egan, Dr Qhizu Wu, Monash University
  • Prof Chota Matsumota, Dr Fumi Tanabe, Ophthalmology, Kinki  University, Japan
  • Prof Paul Artes, Optometry, Plymouth University, UK
  • Dr Jonathan Denniss, Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Stefan Zysset, Haag-Streit International AG, Switzerland
  • Dr Gerhard Zinser, Heidelberg Engineering GmBH, Germany


  • ARC
  • Industry consulting and contracts