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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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Research Output

  • 10 Article
  • 4 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Conference Paper published in Proceedings

A novel enhanced intensity-based automatic registration: Augmented reality for visualization and localization cancer tumors

Tan, W., Alsadoon, A., Prasad, P. W. C., Al-Janabi, S., Haddad, S., Venkata, H. S. & Alrubaie, A., Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. 16, 2, p. 1-15 15 p., e2043.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Customising human factors information for better australian army soldier equipment design and acquisition

    Care, S., Al-Janabi, S., Simpson, A., Coleman, J. & Davis, S., 2020, Advances in Ergonomics in Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conference on Ergonomics in Design. Rebelo, F. & Soares, M. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 17-23 7 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 1203 AISC).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in Proceedings

  • 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 journalArticle

  • 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 journalArticle

  • 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 journalArticle