Nicolette Waschl

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts


I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Psychology, supervised by Professor Nick Burns, Professor Ted Nettelbeck and Dr Irina Baetu.

My research focuses on understanding which abilities are measures by the Raven's Progressive Matrices, particularly the role of visuospatial abilities in addition to reasoning.  Further, I am interested in how the involvement of visuospatial abilities in performance on this test may relate to sex differences in performance or strategies used to solve test items. Ultimately, I am to understand more about the relationship between fluid and visuospatial abilities and the implications of this relationship for the meaning of scores on commonly used tests of fluid ability such as the Raven's Progressive Matrices.

My broad interests include:

  • Cognitive abilities
  • Psychometrics
  • Visuospatial ability and sex differences
  • Cognitive styles and strategies
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  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2013 University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
    2010 - 2012 Monash University Australia Bachelor of Psychological Sciences
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2015 Waschl, N. A., Nettelbeck, T., Jackson, S. A. & Burns, N. R. (2015). Dimensionality of the Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices: Sex differences and visuospatial ability. Personality and Individual Differences, Online, 1-10.
    10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.008

Tutor for third year Individual Differences, Personality and Assessment course in 2015 & 2016


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