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Shahd is a Lecturer in Psychology at the College of Health and Human Sciences. She completed a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in 2015 then went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Cognitive and Behavioural Scientist at Defence Science and Technology. Her chief academic work concerns information processing and decision-making. 


Shahd's interest is in uncovering the factors that give rise to flexible control of behaviour; that is, to understand: how do humans seamlessly navigate a world that is constantly bombarding them with new information? Her research concerns the way in which information in the visual world is processed by the visual system then manipulated by the cognitive system to guide decision-making. Shahd's projects ask: What enables humans to know what information should be selected? Can the selection of objects or features occur independently of the selection of spatial locations? If so, do different neural mechanisms underpin each mode of information selection? Shahd is interested in applying this research to understanding failures or changes to information selection as a result of brain injury, disorder or degeneration in, for example, persons with prosopagnosia or mild cognitive impairment. She investigates these research questions using behavioural measures (response latency and accuracy), neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuronal interference/stimulation (TMS).


Recently, Shahd's work has focused on optimising information selection, particularly in dynamic settings, such as in a ground control station, through the use of emerging technologies (e.g., augmented-reality, virtual-reality, artificial intelligence). The aim of this research is to improve the rapidity and accuracy of decision-making (whilst reducing cognitive load). 


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Cues Medicine & Life Sciences
Aptitude Medicine & Life Sciences
Prosopagnosia Medicine & Life Sciences
Meridians Medicine & Life Sciences
Imagery (Psychotherapy) Medicine & Life Sciences
Brain Medicine & Life Sciences
Visual Cortex Medicine & Life Sciences
Immobilization Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 9 Article
  • 4 Meeting Abstract

A novel solution for real-time wireless networks: Telehealth psychological services in rural area

Luitel, P., Alsadoon, A., Prasad, P. W. C., Al-Janabi, S., Chapagain, B., Pham, L. & Hisham Alsadoon, O., 4 Mar 2019, In : Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. 30, 3, 11 p., e3550.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Wireless networks
Packet loss
Signal to noise ratio

Do people have insight into their face recognition abilities?

Palermo, R., Rossion, B., Rhodes, G., Laguesse, R., Tez, T., Hall, B., Albonico, A., Malaspina, M., Daini, R., Irons, J., Al-Janabi, S., Taylor, L. C., Rivolta, D. & McKone, E., 1 Feb 2017, In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 70, 2, p. 218-233 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Facial Recognition
Medical Genetics

Face matching impairment in developmental prosopagnosia

White, D., Rivolta, D., Burton, A. M., Al-Janabi, S. & Palermo, R., 1 Feb 2017, In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 70, 2, p. 287-297 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Object-based attentional selection emerges early in visual cortex for object percepts of varying strength

Al-Janabi, S., Strommer-Davidovich, N., Gabay, S. & Greenberg, A., Aug 2017, In : Journal of Vision. 17, 10, p. 1333-1333 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Visual Cortex
Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Adaptive Motor Imagery: A Multimodal Study of Immobilization-Induced Brain Plasticity

Burianova, H., Sowman, P. F., Marstaller, L., Rich, A. N., Williams, M. A., Savage, G., Al-Janabi, S., De Lissa, P. & Johnson, B. W., Mar 2016, In : Cerebral Cortex. 26, 3, p. 1072-1080 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Imagery (Psychotherapy)