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Biography

I graduated from the University of Tasmania with B.Sc. majoring in Physics and Psychology in 1983 and obtained a 1st Class Honours in Psychology in 1984. After commencing a PhD at University of Tasmania with Professor Don McNicol in 1985 I was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Fellowship. This took me to Queen’s University in Canada to work with Professor Doug Mewhort, where I graduated with a PhD in Psychology in 1990. During 1991 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Roger Ratcliff at Northwestern University in Chicago, and in 1992 I returned to Australia to take up a faculty position at the University of Newcastle. Over the next decade I have held a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects grants and from 2002-2006 I was Deputy Head and then Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle.  Subsequently I returned to a teaching, administration and research role, became a full Professor, and founded the Newcastle Cognition Laboratory (www.newcl.org">www.newcl.org</a>). In 2011 I was awarded a five-year Professorial Fellowship by the ARC, enabling me to pursue my research full time and in 2012 I was elected to the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. My research focuses on human memory and skill acquisition, and on the neural and cognitive processes that enable people to make rapid choices. 

Qualifications

  • PhD, Queens University, 24/05/1991
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Tasmania

Research

Research keywords

  • Memory
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Speeded Choice

Research expertise

My research interests span a number of fields in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science, including attention, skill acquisition and memory. In all of these domains I have focused on understanding something that humans do frequently every day, making rapid choices. With Scott Brown I have proposed and applied the Ballistic Accumulator (BA) and Linear Ballistic Accumulator (LBA) models. The LBA has excellent psychometric properties that have lead to it being widely applied across domains ranging from eye movements to higher level decisions about memory and linguistic knowledge. My most recent work has focused on developing even more easily applied models and using them as building blocks to understand difficult decisions (e.g., due to conflicting information), decisions about complex information (e.g., about objects with multiple attributes) and complex decisions (e.g., rating confidence in decisions).

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
170200Cognitive Science50
170100Psychology50

Memberships

Learned Academy.

  • Member - Psychonomic Society
  • Member - Society for Mathematical Psychology

Appointments

Consulting Editor
Behavior Research Methods (United States)
01/01/1997 - 01/12/1999
Editorial Board
Psychonomic Bulletin and Review (United States)
01/01/2003
Head, School of Psychology
University of Newcastle (Australia)
01/01/2004 - 01/12/2005

Awards

Distinction.

1990Andrew McGhie Memorial Prize for a PhD Thesis in Psychology
Queens Univeristy, Canada (Canada)

Research Award.

1986Commonwealth Graduate Fellowship
Commonwealth of Nations (Canada)
Since its inception in 1959, the Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Plan has grown to be one of the most prestigious schemes for international study and professional development in the world.

Invitations

Invited Keynote Speaker
Univeristy of Adelaide, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2004

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I have been Deputy Head and Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle, organised several Australasian Mathematical Psychology and Cognitive Science Conferences. I am presently a member of the Executive of the International Society for Mathematical Psychology.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Cognition
  • Research Design
  • Statistics

Teaching expertise

From 1992 to 2010 I taught courses in statistics and methodology and cognitive psychology across all undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since 2011 I have been a research fellow with no teaching load, but I continue to supervise research students at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Recently I have developed an increasing interest in how to teach the Bayesian approach that I believe is the future of statistics for the behavioural sciences and neuroscience.

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants47
Total funding$2,775,584

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2015 (1 grants)

Developing a Unified Theory of Episodic Memory$757,800
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Simon Dennis, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor Vladimir Sloutsky
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$757,80020152019
GNo:G1400159

2014 (1 grants)

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1401194

2013 (1 grants)

Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2013$3,768
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Visiting FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,76820132013
GNo:G1401141

2012 (3 grants)

Rapid Decisions: From Neuroscience to Complex Cognitions$134,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown, Doctor Ami Eidels, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor John Serences, Professor Todd Braver, Associate Professor Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, Associate Professor Birte Forstmann
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$134,00020122014
GNo:G1100343

Response threshold adjustments during task switching: a model-based magnetic resonance spectroscopy study$12,000
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor Peter Stanwell
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020122012
GNo:G1201244

GIBI, a general purpose graphical user interface for Bayesian analysis$5,000
Funding Body: University of Groningen

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:G1200148

2011 (2 grants)

Choice Models for Learning and Memory$544,155
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Professor Anthony Marley, Assistant Professor Richard Morey, Professor Jeffrey Rouder
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$544,15520112015
GNo:G1000172

Accumulating Evidence on Applied Cognitive Control$12,000
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020112011
GNo:G1101145

2009 (1 grants)

An evidence accumulation model of choice and response time in recognition memory$1,800
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Mr Christopher Donkin
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,80020092010
GNo:G0900167

2008 (5 grants)

Absolute identification and beyond: A comprehensive, integrated architecture for speeded choice$120,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$120,00020082010
GNo:G0187468

Modulation of cognitive control: integrating behavioural and ERP analyses of experimental and participant levels of control$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Emeritus Professor Patricia Michie, Dr Rebecca Nicholson
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020082008
GNo:G0188410

Acquiring expertise in the mental manipulation of visual images: Effects on brain and behaviour$17,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor Scott Brown, Doctor Ken Sutton
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$17,00020082008
GNo:G0189040

Finding the simplest comprehensive model of speeded choice$6,750
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor Scott Brown, Mr Christopher Donkin, Mr Lee Averell
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,75020082008
GNo:G0189621

Accounting for old item variability in recognition memory for words$6,000
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Miss MELISSA Prince
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020082008
GNo:G0189729

2007 (5 grants)

Modulation of cognitive control: Comparing experimental and participant levels of control$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020072007
GNo:G0187190

Is the triad relationship of intelligence in working memory and processing speed psychometrically detectable during childhood developmental stages?$6,402
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,40220072007
GNo:G0188389

Testing a truism: people cannot learn absolute identification$6,000
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020072007
GNo:G0188391

The time course of forgetting: the utility of asymptotic modeling and its implications for Jost's second law$5,300
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,30020072008
GNo:G0188390

48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach California, 15/11/2007 - 18/11/2007$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020072007
GNo:G0188288

2006 (3 grants)

PRC - Priority Research Centre for Brain & Mental Health Research (CBMHR)$524,282
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Professor Amanda Baker, Professor Mike Calford, Professor Trevor Day, Emeritus Professor Peter Dunkley, Professor Michael Hazelton, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Professor Brian Kelly, Conjoint Professor Vaughan Carr, Emeritus Professor Patricia Michie, Professor David Pow, Emeritus Professor John Rostas, Professor Ulli Schall, Professor Alistair Sim, Professor Mike Startup
SchemeRole
Priority Research CentreInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$524,28220062013
GNo:G0186947

Fractionating cognitive control processes in task switching$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Emeritus Professor Patricia Michie, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020062006
GNo:G0186076

Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, 16/11/2006 - 19/11/2006$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020062006
GNo:G0186985

2005 (3 grants)

Are two processes one too many?$80,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$80,00020052007
GNo:G0185431

2005 RIBG allocation$9,094
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,09420052005
GNo:G0185827

46th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, 10-13 November 2005$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020052005
GNo:G0185921

2004 (4 grants)

Studies of lexical contagion: Interaction between lexical and episodic memory$105,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Professor W Hockley
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$105,00020042006
GNo:G0182825

A law of tails for response time distribution$9,156
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,15620042004
GNo:G0183876

Visit of A/Prof Scott Brown, 5 August 2004 to 29 September 2004$3,075
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,07520042004
GNo:G0183868

45th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, 18-21 November 2004, USA$2,230
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,23020042004
GNo:G0184850

2003 (1 grants)

44th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society 6 to 9 November 2003$1,800
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,80020032003
GNo:G0183681

2002 (2 grants)

The Development of Speed Skill$149,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Dr Brett Hayes, Professor D Mewhort
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$149,00020022004
GNo:G0181076

Visit of Prof Doug Mewhort, from 25 February 2002 to 8 April 2002$5,380
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,38020022002
GNo:G0181743

2001 (2 grants)

Tenth Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference (AMPC), from 1 December 2001 to 2 December 2001$3,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Conference Establishment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00020012001
GNo:G0181236

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, USA 26-29 July 2001$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020012001
GNo:G0181167

2000 (2 grants)

Testing detailed models of visual word identification: Decision and response contributions to performance.$47,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$47,00020002002
GNo:G0179364

A/Prof Ching-Fan Sheu - 20 March 2000 - 15 May 2000$4,677
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,67720002000
GNo:G0179214

1999 (1 grants)

Nonlinear Analysis of Human Decision Making in Prediction and Choice Tasks$9,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Rachel Heath, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,00019991999
GNo:G0178027

1998 (1 grants)

Psychonomics, USA 19-22 November 1998$1,028
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,02819981998
GNo:G0179805

1997 (4 grants)

Quantitative Measurement and Modeling of Short and Long Term Memory.$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00019971997
GNo:G0176187

Quantitative Measurement of Skill Acquisition and Verbal Memory.$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00019971997
GNo:G0176637

Heathcote - Prof Mewhort 1/8/97-31/9/97$4,333
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Professor D Mewhort
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,33319971997
GNo:G0177506

30th Annual Mathematical Psychology Conference, Indiana University, 31 July - 3 August 1997$1,529
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,52919971997
GNo:G0179480

1995 (2 grants)

95APP.RENEWAL. An analysis of human cognition using dynamic nonlinear models.$32,748
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Rachel Heath, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Large GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$32,74819951995
GNo:G0174496

Society for Computers in Psychology, Psychonomics & Judgement and Decision Making (3 annual society mtgs.) - LA, USA - 8-13/11/95$1,077
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,07719951995
GNo:G0176032

1994 (1 grants)

94 GRANT. An analysis of human cognition using dynamic nonlinear models.$34,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Rachel Heath, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Large GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$34,00019941994
GNo:G0172946

1993 (2 grants)

93 GRANT. An Analysis of Human Cognition using Dynamic Nonlinear Models.$32,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Rachel Heath, Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Large GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$32,00019931993
GNo:G0173059

'World Conf on Neural Networks (Annual, International Neural Network Soc.)', Portland, Oregon, 11 - 15 July 1993$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50019931993
GNo:G0174443
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions15
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL5.48

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorHow do our Past Decisions Affect our Present Decisions? An Innovative Model
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorCognition in Schizophrenia and Aging: A Cognitive Model Analysis of the Underlying Mechanisms of Cognitive Deficits
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorTesting the Dimensionality and Processes of Choice Confidence
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorAn Automatic Processing View of Working Memory Training and the Relationship between the N-back and Complex Span Tasks
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorEvidence Accumulation Models of Rodent Behaviour
20132015PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorVisual Processing in Early-Onset Cannabis Users under Normal and Low Light Conditions
20132015PhD (Clinical Psychology)Co-SupervisorThe Hot Hand: When and How Success and Failure Influence Human Performance
20112015PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorAbsolute Identification: A closer look at the relationship between performance and the complexity of psychological representation of stimuli
20102014PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorRecognition Memory: Accuracy, Confidence, and Decision Time
20092013PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorThe Development and Application of Quantitative Approaches to Investigate Spatial Processing Improvement and Cognitive Control
20092010PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorFluid intelligence and its role in the 21st Century
20072011PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorForgetting and Retrieval Failure
20072010PhD (Clinical Psychology)Principal SupervisorLong-Term Memory Performance in Schizophrenia
20072012PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorCognitive Mechanisms of Broad Principles and Specific Rules in Contract Law
20042008PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorTo be advised

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorQuantitative Approaches to Multi-Alternative Choice
2013PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorAssessing Latent Dimensionality in Psychological Research
2012PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorSource Monitoring for Pictures: An Exploration of Factors which Affect Performance
2012PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorRevisiting Miller's Limit: Studies in Absolute Identification
2011PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorDevelopment of an Online Psychometric Test of Spatial Ability
2010PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorThe Importance of Choice and Response Times
2010PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorWhen Less is Sometimes More: Investigating the Interplay Between Meta-Cognition and Member-to-Group Generalisation
2009PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorRegularities of Recognition Memory: An Examination of the Pseudoword Effect, the Structural Regularity Hypothesis, and the Neighbourhood Density Mirror Effect
2007M Sc (Psychology) [R]Sole SupervisorSequence Effects in Estimation
2005M Psychology (Clinical) [R]Principal SupervisorPsychologist burnout: An examination of relationships with emotional labour, individual traits and organisational factors
2003PhD (Psychology - Science)Sole SupervisorQuantitative Approaches to Skill Acquisition in Choice Tasks
2002M Psychology (Clinical) [R]Sole SupervisorThe Contribution of Automatic and Intentional Processes in Childrens' Eyewitness Suggestibility: A developmental study
2002M Psychology (Clinical) [R]Sole SupervisorImplicit Memory in Ageing and Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type: A Study of Word Stem Completion Priming
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Professor Andrew Heathcote

Work Phone(02) 4921 6778
Fax(02) 4921 6906
Email
PositionAustralian Professorial Fellow
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPsychology
Office
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Aviation,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/andrew-heathcote