School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Associate Professor Anna Ma-Wyatt
I studied perception and behavioural neuroscience because I wanted to understand the mechanisms underlying human behaviour. Over time, I realised that I was most interested in vision. During my PhD, I studied apparent motion and also was involved in other projects in motion and spatial vision, as well as working on a dyslexia project. As a postdoc, I became interested in how vision is used actively to interact with the world. I work mainly on problems related to active vision, but I continue to do a little bit of work in motion psychophysics as well.
After joining the University of Adelaide as a lecturer in 2007, I established the Active Vision Lab. Please have a look under research interests to see what we’re working on now. I also teach undergraduate courses in Perception, programming for behavioural scientists and a graduate course in Human Factors
As we go about our daily lives, we make reaching movements to interact with the world. We pick up a cup of coffee, we reach for a door knob and we might even try and swat a fly. While these visually guided actions are critical for daily living, the mechanisms underlying these actions are not yet understood. I am interested in how we use representations of visual space to plan and update these movements, and how these representations change with visual field loss and healthy ageing.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Professor University of Adelaide 2014 - 2020 Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2011 - 2013 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2006 - 2010 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2003 - 2006 Rachel C. Atkinson Fellow Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute 2001 - 2003 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Western Australia
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2001 Award Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis of Exceptional merit Macquarie University Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 1997 - 2000 Macquarie University Australia PhD 1993 - 1996 University of Sydney Australia BA (Hons)
Year Citation 2020 Liu, P., McKendrick, A., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Turpin, A. (2020). A depth-dependent integrated VF simulation for analysis and visualization of glaucomatous VF defects. Translational Vision Science and Technology, 9(3), 15 pages.
2020 O'Rielly, J., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2020). Saccade dynamics during an online updating task change with healthy aging.. J Vis, 20(13), 2.
2019 Stewart, E. E., Verghese, P., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2019). The spatial and temporal properties of attentional selectivity for saccades and reaches. JOURNAL OF VISION, 19(9), 19 pages.
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2019 O'Rielly, J. L., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2019). The effect of age and perturbation time on online control during rapid pointing.. PloS one, 14(9), e0222219.
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2018 O'Rielly, J., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2018). Changes to online control and eye-hand coordination with healthy ageing. Human Movement Science, 59, 244-257.
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2018 Benjamin, A., Wailes-Newson, K., Ma-Wyatt, A., Baker, D., & Wade, A. (2018). The effect of locomotion on early visual contrast processing in humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(12), 3050-3059.
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2017 Stewart, E., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2017). The profile of attention differs between locations orthogonal to and in line with reach direction. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 79(8), 2412-2423.
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2016 Gökaydin, D., Navarro, D., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Perfors, A. (2016). The Structure of Sequential Effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(1), 110-123.
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2015 Stewart, E., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2015). The spatiotemporal characteristics of the attentional shift relative to a reach. Journal of Vision, 15(5), 10.
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2014 Long, H., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2014). The distribution of spatial attention changes with task demands during goal-directed reaching. Experimental Brain Research, 232(6), 1883-1893.
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2014 Rubinstein, N., Anderson, A., Ma-Wyatt, A., Walland, M., & McKendrick, A. (2014). The effects of ageing and visual field loss on pointing to visual targets. PLoS One, 9(5), e97190-1-e97190-9.
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2011 Kane, A., Wade, A., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2011). Delays in using chromatic and luminance information to correct rapid reaches. Journal of Vision, 11(10), 3-1-3-18.
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2010 Ma-Wyatt, A., Stritzke, M., & Trommershauser, J. (2010). Eye-hand coordination while pointing rapidly under risk. Experimental Brain Research, 203(1), 131-145.
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2007 McKee, S., Verghese, P., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Petrov, Y. (2007). The wallpaper illusion explained. Journal of Vision, 7(14), 1-11.
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2007 Ma-Wyatt, A., & McKee, S. (2007). Visual information throughout a reach determines endpoint precision. Experimental Brain Research, 179(1), 55-64.
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2007 Ma-Wyatt, A. (2007). Using vision to update a movement plan during rapid pointing. PERCEPTION, 36, 223-224. 2006 Ma-Wyatt, A., & McKee, S. (2006). Initial visual information determines endpoint precision for rapid pointing. Vision Research, 46(28), 4675-4683.
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2005 Ma-Wyatt, A., Clifford, C., & Wenderoth, P. (2005). Contrast configuration influences grouping in apparent motion. Perception, 34(6), 669-685.
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2005 Morrone, M., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Ross, J. (2005). Seeing and ballistic pointing at perisaccadic targets. Journal of Vision, 5(9), 741-754.
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2004 Ross, J., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2004). Saccades actively maintain perceptual continuity. Nature Neuroscience, 7(1), 65-69.
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2003 Badcock, D., McKendrick, A., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2003). Pattern cues disambiguate perceived direction in simple moving stimuli. Vision Research, 43(22), 2291-2301.
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2003 Ziegler, J., Perry, C., Ma-Wyatt, A., Ladner, D., & Schulte-Korne, G. (2003). Developmental dyslexia in different languages: Language-specific or universal?. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 86(3), 169-193.
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2003 Ross, J., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2003). Opposite effects of saccades on short-term and long-term visual memory. PERCEPTION, 32, 6. 2003 Ma-Wyatt, A., & McGraw, P. V. (2003). Illusory positional shifts affect both perception and action. Journal of Vision, 3(9), 122.
2002 Badcock, D. R., McKendrick, A. M., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2002). Are pattern cues used to precisely specify motion direction?. PERCEPTION, 31, 84. 2002 Ma-Wyatt, A., Concetta Morrone, M., & Ross, J. (2002). A blinding flash increases saccadic compression. Journal of Vision, 2(7), 569.
2002 Ma-Wyatt, A. (2002). Size affects grouping in apparent motion. PERCEPTION, 31, 83.
2002 Ma-Wyatt, A., Ditchfield, J., Badcock, D. R., & McKendrick, A. M. (2002). Effect of edge cues on global speed perception. PERCEPTION, 31, 82-83. 2001 Clifford, C., Ma-Wyatt, A., Arnold, D., Smith, S., & Wenderoth, P. (2001). Orthogonal adaptation improves orientation discrimination. Vision Research, 41(2), 151-159.
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2001 Wenderoth, P., Clifford, C., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2001). Hierarchy of spatial interactions in the processing of contrast-defined contours. Journal of the Optical Society of America A-Optics Image Science and Vision, 18(9), 2190-2196.
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2001 Wyatt, A. M., Clifford, C. W. G., & Wenderoth, P. (2001). Motion grouping: Spatial manipulations of contrast in the ternus display. Journal of Vision, 1(3), 374.
Year Citation 2013 Ma-Wyatt, A. M. (2013). Human factors: Human information processing. In Aspa Sarris and Neil Kirby (Ed.), Organisational Psychology: Research and Professional Practice. Tilde University Press.
Year Citation 2021 O'Rielly, J. L., & Ma-Wyatt, A. M. (2021). Age-related changes to online control of reaching may be due to longer saccade latencies. In PERCEPTION Vol. 50 (pp. 9-10). SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 2018 Ma-Wyatt, A., Johnstone, D., Fidock, J., & Hill, S. (2018). Cognitive Implications of HMIs for Tele-operation and Supervisory Control of Robotic Ground Vehicles. In ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 189-190). online: ACM/IEEE.
2018 Ma-Wyatt, A., Fidock, J., & Abbass, H. (2018). Quantifying and Predicting Human Performance for Effective Human-Autonomy Teaming. In International Conference on Science and Innovation for Land Power, ICSILP 2018 (pp. 1-4). online: Australian Government. 2017 Semmler, C. A., Hendrickson, A., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Heyer, R. (2017). Using response time models to understand unfamiliar face matching expertise. In Australian Mathematical Psychology Conference. Brisbane Queensland. 2017 Semmler, C., Heyer, R. L., Hendrickson, D., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2017). Modelling expertise in unfamiliar face matching. In Unfamiliar Facial Identification Group Conference. Sydney. 2015 Tyson, T. L., Walker, L., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Fletcher, D. C. (2015). Eye-hand reference frames misalign after central field loss. In INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE Vol. 56 (pp. 2 pages). Denver, CO: ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2013 Semmler, C., Heyer, R. L., Ma-Wyatt, A., & MacLeod, V. (2013). Understanding expertise in unfamiliar face matching. In Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Adelaide. 2012 Semmler, C., Heyer, R. L., Ma-Wyatt, A., & MacLeod, V. (2012). Impact of Individual Differences and Eye Movements on Facial Comparison Performance. In International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences (ANZFSS’12). Hobart. 2011 Heyer, R. L., Semmler, C., MacLeod, V., Calic, D., Ma-Wyatt, A., McLindin, B., & Hopley, L. (2011). Towards an Understanding of Facial Identification Practitioners in Australia: the Human Operator Capability Project. In 12th Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference. Sydney. 2011 Gokaydin, D., Ma-Wyatt, A., Navarro, D., & Perfors, A. (2011). Humans use different statistics for sequence analysis depending on the task. In L. Carlson, C. Hoelscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Expanding the Space of Cognitive Science, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 543-548). Boston, USA: Cognitive Science Society. 2009 Ma-Wyatt, A., & Navarro, D. (2009). Using sequential structure to improve visuomotor control. In Proceedings of COGSCI 2009 (pp. 1424-1429). Netherlands: Cognitive Science Society. 2003 Ma-Wyatt, A., Morrone, M., & Ross, J. (2003). Saccadic compression of visual space is significantly influenced by retinal illumination. In INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE Vol. 44 (pp. U443). FT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA: ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC.
Year Citation 2013 Ma-Wyatt, A., Kane, A., & Yates, M. (2013). Perceptual latencies for chromatic versus achromatic stimuli. Poster session presented at the meeting of PERCEPTION. PION LTD. 2013 Yates, M., Nemeh, F., Loetscher, T., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Nicholls, M. E. (2013). Numerosity is represented spatially: evidence from a 'SNARC' task. Poster session presented at the meeting of PERCEPTION. PION LTD.
2013 Voigt, K., Yates, M., Loetscher, T., Ma-Wyatt, A., & Nicholls, M. E. (2013). Eye Movements Influence the Magnitude of Randomly Generated Numbers. Poster session presented at the meeting of PERCEPTION. PION LTD. 2013 Dewar, G., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2013). Rapid pointing to targets cued with auditory or visual information. Poster session presented at the meeting of http://www.asep.com.au/Abstracts/abstracts_EPC2013.pdf. Adelaide. 2012 Ma-Wyatt, A., & Huang, X. (2012). Attentional modulation of target location significantly affects pointing performance. Poster session presented at the meeting of PERCEPTION. PION LTD. 2012 Rubinstein, N., Anderson, A., Ma-Wyatt, A., Walland, M., & McKendrick, A. (2012). The effect of visual field loss on non-foveal visual localisation and pointing precision. Poster session presented at the meeting of PERCEPTION. PION LTD. 2011 Ma-Wyatt, A., & Laura, R. (2011). Spatial and temporal correlations between eye and hand vary as a function of target visibility during rapid pointing. Poster session presented at the meeting of PERCEPTION. PION LTD.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2019 Ma-Wyatt, A. M., Fidock, J., & Hill, S. (2019). An investigation of alternative HMIs for tele-operation and supervisory control of robotic land vehicles - Final report. 2018 Ma-Wyatt, A. M., O'Rielly, J., Jerram, C., & Webb, M. (2018). Task analyses for Phase 6. 2017 Heyer, R., MacLeod, V., Carter, L., Semmler, C. A., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2017). Profiling the Facial Comparison Practitioner in Australia (DST-Group-DG-xxxx). 2012 Ma-Wyatt, A., Semmler, C., Heyer, R., & Macleod, V. (2012). Improving human operator performance for face biometric identification: Final report. 2011 Ma-Wyatt, A. M., Semmler, C., Heyer, R., & Macleod, V. (2011). Improving human operator performance for face biometric identification: Milestone 3 Report. 2011 Ma-Wyatt, A. M., Semmler, C., Heyer, R., & Macleod, V. (2011). Improving human operator performance for face biometric identification: Milestone 2 Report. 2010 Ma-Wyatt, A. M., Semmler, C., Macleod, V., & Heyer, R. (2010). Improving human operator performance for face biometric identification: Milestone 1 Report.
Year Citation Ma-Wyatt, A., & O'Rielly, J. (n.d.). The effect of age and perturbation time on online updating.
1. Ma-Wyatt, A. Fidock, J., Badcock, D., Nicholls, M., McKendrick, A., Banks, S. (2018-2019): Realising the benefit of augmented reality devices in military applications. Defence Innovation Partnership Collaborative Research Grant $150 000
2. Ma-Wyatt, A, Webb, M and Jerram, C. (2018-2022): Human factors assessment BAE Systems approx. $350 000
3. Ma-Wyatt, A, Coppin, G, White, L., Shi, J., Ramasinghe, D., Garg, R and Latif, Y., Wiederman, S. (2017-2018): Human and robotic vision: from scene understanding to augmentation University of Adelaide Brittany Scholarships $67 000
4. Coppin, G and Ma-Wyatt, A (2018) Human and robotic vision: from scene understanding to augmentation workshop French-Australia Science and Innovation collaboration Grant $31 000
This funding was for a workshop between the University of Adelaide and Lab STICC. We received an additional $18 000 funding from the State Government of South Australia and Brittany region to support travel costs.
5. Ma-Wyatt, A. (2017-2019): An investigation of alternative HMIs for teleoperation and supervisory control of robotic land vehicles under simulated motion ITC-PAC RDECOM program, United States Department of Defense USD $108 000 (approx $154 000)
6. Renninger, L, Ma-Wyatt, A and Fletcher, D (2013-2016): Reaching with central field loss National Eye Institute RO1 grant, National Institutes of Health $USD 1 036 363
7. Ma-Wyatt, A & Semmler, C (2010) Improving human operator capability for face biometric identification and recognition. Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Research Support for National Security $70 000
8. M Ridding, J Pitcher, N Burns, R Casson, V Clifton, G Dekker, J Dodd, J Kennedy, M Makrides, M Nordstrom, A Ma-Wyatt, T Nettlebeck, P Rolan, J Semmler, M Stark, G Wittert. (2010) A fully integrated EEG, EMG, evoked potentials and transcranial magnetic stimulation neuronavigation system for comprehensive neurodevelopmental follow-up, neuroplasticity and neurocognitive studies in humans. NH & MRC Equipment grant $135 000
9. Ma-Wyatt, A, Avolio, A Lim and S Schumack (2009). The effect of image characteristics on diagnostic outcome in teledermatology. F. & E. Bauer Research Award, Australasian College of Dermatologists $10 000
10. Brewer, N., Young, R., Weber, N., Ma-Wyatt, A., Semmler, C., McKinnon, R. (2008) A multi-function eye-tracking facility ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant $120 000
11. Ma-Wyatt, A (2008): Windows on Science Award. United States Airforce Research Laboratory. 1 of approximately 12 awarded in Australia across all disciplines $USD 5 000
12. Ma-Wyatt, A. (2003-2006): Rachel C. Atkinson Fellowship at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, USA $USD 150 000
Foundations of Perception and Cognition - 2nd year. Lecturer
Perception and Cognition - 3rd year. Lecturer.
Human Factors - Masters . Course coordinator and lecturer
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Information Displays and Associated Latencies on Aspects of Human Performance Including Cognition, Perception, and Locomotion Biomechanics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Lucy Jane Turner 2021 Principal Supervisor How do we use visual information while walking? Implications for the use of virtual
and augmented reality devices for training and deployment.
Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Marlon Blencowe 2018 Principal Supervisor Functional Aspects of Binocular Vision Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adam James Georgiou 2018 Co-Supervisor Biometrics and Virtual Reality (VR) for Situation Awareness (SA) Assessment and Training Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Steven Alan Cook
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor From Simple to Complex Categories: How Structure and Label Information Guides the Acquisition of Category Knowledge Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Wai Keen Vong 2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The importance of incorporating researcher beliefs into statistical models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Lauren Ashlee Kennedy 2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The Online Control of Visually Guided Movement across the Lifespan Doctor of Philosophy with Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Doctorate Full Time Jessica Lee O'Rielly 2010 - 2016 Principal Supervisor A Journey Through Time and Space: The Spatiotemporal Profile of Attention Relative to Saccade and Reach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Emma Elizabeth Marshall Stewart 2009 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Structure of Sequential Effects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dinis Sequeira Do Couto Gokaydin 2009 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Task Parameters Shape Goal Directed Movement Performance Under Dual Task Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Heidi Dorothy Long 2008 - 2014 Co-Supervisor State-Trace Analysis of Associative Recognition:
Comparing Single-Process and Dual-Process Models
Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Nicholas Francis Hamm 2007 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Response latencies to chromatic and achromatic visual stimuli Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adam Kane 2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor A Graded-Embodied Theory Account for the Processing of Emotional Stimuli. The Case of Sentences, Images, and Faces Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fernando Marmolejo Ramos 2007 - 2013 Co-Supervisor From the Laboratory to the Real World: Evaluating the Impact of Impostors, Expertise and Individual Differences on Human Face Matching Performance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Dragana Calic
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Age-related changes to sensorimotor control The University of Adelaide Masters of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors)/PhD Doctorate Full Time Jessica O'Rielly
Date Role Membership Country 2006 - ongoing Member Vision Sciences Society United States
Date Office Name Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Co-Director CNRS IRL CROSSING France 2014 - ongoing Convenor Brain and Cognition Unit, School of Psychology Australia 2013 - 2013 President Australian Experimental Psychology Society Australia
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