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Professor Peter Walla

Conjoint Professor

School of Psychology (Psychology)

Career Summary

Biography

Since November 2009 Peter is Professor at the School of Psychology at the Newcastle University providing academic leadership in Neuroscience. His career began with anatomical and physiological work about photo receptor cells in spider eyes (with Prof. F.G.Barth). While most of this work was done at the Yokohama City University in Japan where Peter was trained in the most sophisticated neurophysiology related to single cell recordings he then graduated at the Vienna University, Department of Zoology.

After being introduced to the single neuron level Peter learned all essential skills to enter the world of human brain research. His interests and techniques were formed at the Clinic for Neurology (Prof. Wilfried Lang and Prof. Lueder Deecke) and the Ear-Nose-Throat Clinic (Prof. Ehrenberger) at the General Hospital in Vienna as well as at the St. Andrews University in Scotland under the wings of Michael D. Rugg. Peter's PhD was completed in 1998 with work about human memory functions. At that stage he already collected 9 authorships on peer-reviewed Neuroscience-publications in journals as highly ranked as Nature. He was already author of several successful grant proposals and broadened his mind through further international collaborations. While most of his post-doc time was spent in Vienna he did further trainings at the University of Melbourne, the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne and the National Neuroscience Facility in Melbourne.

In addition, he spent time at the Marta Kutas Lab and the Larry Squire Lab in San Diego. Since 2007 Peter has the honour to be awarded with the highest European academic qualification at two different Universities. He is habilitated in Cognitive Neurobiology at the Medical University in Vienna and also in Biological Psychology at the Vienna University. He became Head of the Biological Psychology Unit at the Faculty of Psychology in Vienna and it did not take long until he was asked to become Deputy Head of the Institute for Clinical, Biological and Differential Psychology at the Vienna University. In 2008, Peter came to Newcastle following an invitation after being short listed regarding the call for a neuroscience-oriented professorship. He convinced the panel of his scientific and social skills and made his way.

Research Expertise
The brain knows more than it admits! Although the spectrum of his previous research is wide there is a clear focus on information processing in the human brain below the level of consciousness (subconscious information processing). In the end, highest cognitive functions are based on subconscious and unconscious information processing. If we understand those we better understand human behaviour. Peter is well experienced in Neuroimaging-related research in fields such as memory, olfaction, cognition and emotion. His expertise spans from designing brain imaging studies over data analysis to the interpretation of results. His neurobiological thinking spreads out a very refreshing atmosphere at the School of Psychology

Collaborations
I am interested in information processing below the level of consciousness. The brain knows more than it admits and I am trying to get access to that knowledge, because I am convinced that it guides human behaviour to a great extent. For this endeavor I am using objective methodology such as EEG, MEG, fMRI, startle reflex modulation and traditional psychophysiology while at the same time measuring explicit responses too. A comparison of behavioural outputs with underlying physiological processes often reveals interesting discrepancies. Humans do not always do what they say. Collaborative activities with: A.Prof. Stefan Chalup (Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment) Prof. Michael Ostwald (Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment) Prof. Chris Levi (School of Medicine and Public Health, Neurology) Prof. Jaak Panksepp (Washington State University, USA) Prof. Georg Northoff (University of Ottawa, Canada) Prof. Lueder Deecke (Vienna Medical University, Austria) A.Prof. Cornelia Herbert (University of Wuerzburg, Germany) Dr. Monika Koller (University of Innsbruck, Austria)


Qualifications

  • Habilitation (European Equiv to Doctor of Sc), Medical University of Vienna - Austria
  • Habilitation (European Equiv to Doctor of Sc), University of Vienna

Keywords

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Dynamic Olfaction
  • Emotion
  • Memory
  • Subconscious processing

Languages

  • German (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
030199 Analytical Chemistry not elsewhere classified 25
170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) 50
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Editorial Board - International Journal of Brain and Cognitive Sciences International Journal of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Editorial Board - WebmedCentral WebmedCentral
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Editorial Board - Journal of Biological Medicine Journal of Biological Medicine
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Editorial Board - Brain Sciences Brain Sciences
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Membership - Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis
Australia
1/01/2011 -  Editorial Board - Applied Sciences Applied Sciences
Australia
1/10/2008 - 1/10/2009 Deputy Head University of Vienna
Institute for Clinical, Biological and Differential Psychology
Austria
1/01/2008 - 1/10/2009 Head University of Vienna
Unit for Biological Psychology
Austria
1/01/2007 - 1/10/2009 Speaker of Faculty Research Focus University of Vienna
Faculty of Psychology
Austria
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Dal-Bianco P, Walla PH, Verruckt was unser Gehirn alles kann selbst wenn es versagt, Galileo Press, Bonn, Germany, 219 (2010) [A1]

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Walla PH, Panksepp J, 'Neuroimaging Helps to Clarify Brain Affective Processing Without Necessarily Clarifying Emotions', Novel Frontiers of Advanced Neuroimaging, Intech, Rijeka, Croatia 93-118 (2013) [B1]
DOI 10.5772/51761
2013 Walla P, Mavratzakis A, Bosshard S, 'Neuroimaging for the Affective Brain Sciences, and Its Role in Advancing Consumer Neuroscience', Novel Frontiers of Advanced Neuroimaging, Intech, Rijeka, Croatia 119-140 (2013) [B1]
DOI 10.5772/51042
2011 Walla PH, 'Non-conscious brain processes revealed by magnetoencephalography (MEG)', Magnetoencephalography, Intech, Rijeka 235-252 (2011) [B1]
DOI 10.5772/28211
2000 Lehrner J, Walla PH, 'Development of odour naming and odour memory from childhood to young adulthood.', Olfaction, Taste and Cognition, Cambridge University Press, england, england 278-289 (2000) [B1]
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Journal article (53 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Walla PH, Herbert CH, 'Hierarchy and dynamics of self-referential processing: The non-personal Me1 and the personal Me2 elicited via single words', Cogent Psychology, 1-10 (2015)
2015 Walla P, Herbert C, Mobini S, 'Hierarchy and dynamics of self-referential processing: The non-personal Me1 and the personal Me2 elicited via single words', Cogent Psychology, 2 1019236-1019236 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/23311908.2015.1019236
2014 Kunaharan S, Walla PH, 'Clinical Neuroscience - Towards a Better Understanding of Non-Conscious versus Conscious Processes Involved in Impulsive Aggressive Behaviours and Pornography Viewership', Psychology, 5 1963-1966 (2014) [C2]
DOI 10.4236/psych.2014.518199
2014 Walla PH, 'The Future of Psychology as an Open Access Journal Welcoming Applied Neuroscience', Psychology, 5 1-1 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.4236/psych.2014.59110
2014 Walla PH, 'The human mind and the behavior it generates are relevant to everything that is important: Psychology is more crucial than ever before', Cogent Psychology, 1 1-2 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/23311908.2014.980557
2014 Walla P, Koller M, Meier JL, 'Consumer neuroscience to inform consumers-physiological methods to identify attitude formation related to over-consumption and environmental damage', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00304
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 Lyons GS, Walla P, Arthur-Kelly M, 'Towards improved ways of knowing children with profound multiple disabilities: Introducing startle reflex modulation', DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROREHABILITATION, 16 340-344 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2012.737039
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Michael Arthur-Kelly, Gordon Lyons
2013 Mavratzakis A, Molloy E, Walla P, 'Modulation of the Startle Reflex during Brief and Sustained Exposure to Emotional Pictures', Psychology, 04 389-395 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.4236/psych.2013.44056
2013 Walla PH, Rosser L, Scharfenberger J, Duregger C, Bosshard S, 'Emotion Ownership: Different Effects on Explicit Ratings and Implicit Responses', Psychology, 4 213-216 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.4236/psych.2013.43A032
2012 Grahl A, Greiner U, Walla PH, 'Bottle shape elicits gender-specific emotion: A startle reflex modulation study', Psychology, 3 548-554 (2012) [C1]
2011 Walla PH, Brenner G, Koller M, 'Objective measures of emotion related to brand attitude: A new way to quantify emotion-related aspects relevant to marketing', PLoS ONE, 6 e26782 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0026782
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2011 Geiser M, Walla PH, 'Objective measures of emotion during virtual walks through urban environments', Applied Sciences, 1 1-11 (2011) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 5
2011 Walla PH, Duregger C, Deecke L, Dal-Bianco P, 'Dysfunctional incidental olfaction in mild cognitive impairment (MCI): An electroencephalography (EEG) study', Brain Sciences, 1 3-15 (2011) [C1]
2011 Heereman J, Walla PH, 'Stress, uncertainty and decision confidence', Applied Psychophysiology Biofeedback, 36 273-279 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2011 Walla PH, Deecke L, 'Odours influence visually induced emotion: Behavior and neuroimaging', Sensors, 10 8185-8197 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2010 Walla PH, Richter M, Farber S, Leodolter U, Bauer H, 'Food-evoked changes in humans: Startle response modulation and event-related brain potentials (ERPs)', Journal of Psychophysiology, 24 25-32 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1027/0269-8803/a000003
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2010 Mathes B, Pomper U, Walla PH, Basar-Eroglu C, 'Dissociation of reversal- and motor-related delta- and alpha-band responses during visual multistable perception', Neuroscience Letters, 478 14-18 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.neulet.2010.04.057
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2009 Walla P, Imhof H, Lang W, 'A gender difference related to the effect of a background odor: A Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study.', Journal of Neural Transmission, 116 1227-1236 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00702-009-0258-1
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2009 Khittl B, Bauer H, Walla P, 'Change detection related to peripheral facial expression: an electroencephalography (EEG) study.', Journal of Neural Transmission, 116 67-70 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00702-008-0125-5
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2008 Walla P, Duregger C, Greiner K, Thurner S, Ehrenberger K, 'Multiple aspects related to self awareness and the awareness of others: an Electroencephalography (EEG) study.', Journal of Neural Transmission, 115 983-992 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00702-008-0035-6
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2008 Walla PH, 'Olfaction and its dynamic influence on word and face processing: Cross-modal integration', Progress in Neurobiology, 84 192-209 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2007.10.005
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 18
2007 Duregger C, Bauer H, Cunnington R, Lindinger G, Deecke L, Lang W, et al., 'EEG evidence of gender differences in a motor related CNV study', JOURNAL OF NEURAL TRANSMISSION, 114 359-366 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00702-006-0568-5
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2007 Brondel L, Romer M, Van Wymelbeke V, Walla P, Jiang T, Deecke L, Rigaud D, 'Sensory-specific satiety with simple foods in humans: no influence of BMI?', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY, 31 987-995 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803504
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2007 Walla P, Greiner K, Duregger C, Deecke L, Thurner S, 'Self-awareness and the subconscious effect of personal pronouns on word encoding: A magnetoencephalography (MEG) study', NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA, 45 796-809 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.08.017
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
2005 Walla P, Puregger E, Lehrner J, Mayer D, Deecke L, Dal Bianco P, 'Depth of word processing in Alzheimer patients and normal controls: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study', JOURNAL OF NEURAL TRANSMISSION, 112 713-730 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00702-004-0215-y
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2005 Walla P, Mayer D, Deecke L, Lang W, 'How chemical information processing interferes with face processing: a magnetoencephalographic study', NEUROIMAGE, 24 111-117 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.09.030
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2005 Staresina BP, Bauer H, Deecke L, Walla P, 'Neurocognitive correlates of incidental verbal memory encoding: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study', NEUROIMAGE, 25 430-443 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.11.035
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2005 Staresina BP, Bauer H, Deecke L, Walla P, 'Magnetoencephalographic correlates of different levels in subjective recognition memory', NEUROIMAGE, 27 83-94 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.02.051
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2004 Walla P, Mayer D, Deecke U, Thurner S, 'The lack of focused anticipation of verbal information in stutterers: a magnetoencephalographic study', NEUROIMAGE, 22 1321-1327 (2004)
DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.03.029
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2004 Walla P, Mayer D, Deecke L, Thurner S, 'The lack of focused anticipation of verbal information in stutterers. (2004) [C1]
2003 Walla P, Lehrner JP, Nasel C, Baumgartner C, Deecke L, Lang W, 'Preserved memory traces within diencephalic amnesia', JOURNAL OF NEURAL TRANSMISSION, 110 537-543 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00702-002-0806-4
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2003 Thurner S, Windischberger C, Moser E, Walla P, Barth M, 'Scaling laws and persistence in human brain activity', PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS, 326 511-521 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0378-4371(03)00279-6
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2003 Walla P, Hufnagl B, Lehrner J, Mayer D, Lindinger G, Imhof H, et al., 'Olfaction and face encoding in humans: a magnetoencephalographic study', COGNITIVE BRAIN RESEARCH, 15 105-115 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0926-6410(02)00144-1
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2003 Walla P, Hufhagl B, Lehrner J, Mayer D, Lindinger G, Imhof H, et al., 'Olfaction and depth of word processing: A magnetoencephalographic study', NEUROIMAGE, 18 104-116 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1006/nimg.2002.1324
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14
2002 Pueregger E, Walla P, Deecke L, Dal-Bianco P, 'Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) features relate to mild cognitive impairment (MCI)', NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING, 23 S471-S471 (2002) [C1]
2002 Walla P, Hufnagl B, Lehrner J, Mayer D, Lindinger G, Deecke L, Lang W, 'Evidence of conscious and subconscious olfactory information processing during word encoding: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study', COGNITIVE BRAIN RESEARCH, 14 309-316 (2002) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0926-6410(02)00121-0
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 10
2001 Walla P, Hufnagl B, Lindinger G, Deecke L, Imhof H, Lang W, 'False recognition depends on depth of prior word processing: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study', COGNITIVE BRAIN RESEARCH, 11 249-257 (2001) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0926-6410(00)00079-3
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2001 Walla P, Hufnagl B, Lindinger G, Deecke D, Lang W, 'Physiological evidence of gender differences in word recognition: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study', COGNITIVE BRAIN RESEARCH, 12 49-54 (2001) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0926-6410(01)00028-3
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2001 Walla P, Hufnagl B, Lindinger G, Imhof H, Deecke L, Lang W, 'Left-temporal and temporoparietal brain activity depends on depth of word encoding: A magnetoencephalographic study in healthy young subjects', NEUROIMAGE, 13 402-409 (2001) [C1]
DOI 10.1006/nimg.2000.0694
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 22
2001 Cunnington R, Lalouschek W, Dirnberger G, Walla P, Lindinger G, Asenbaum S, et al., 'A medial to lateral shift in pre-movement cortical activity in hemi-Parkinson's disease', CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 112 608-618 (2001) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S1388-2457(01)00467-9
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 17
2000 Lehrner J, Eckersberger C, Walla P, Potsch G, Deecke L, 'Ambient odor of orange in a dental office reduces anxiety and improves mood in female patients', PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, 71 83-86 (2000)
DOI 10.1016/S0031-9384(00)00308-5
Citations Scopus - 98Web of Science - 62
2000 Walla P, Endl W, Lindinger G, Deecke L, Lang WF, 'False recognition in a verbal memory task: an event-related potential study', COGNITIVE BRAIN RESEARCH, 9 41-44 (2000) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0926-6410(99)00041-5
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9
2000 Lehrner JP, Eckersberger C, Walla P, Potsch G, Deecke L, 'Ambient odour of orange reduces anxiety and improves mood in female patients waiting for dental treatment. (2000) [C1]
1999 Endl W, Walla P, Lindinger G, Deecke L, Lang W, 'Event-related potential correlates of false recognitions of faces', NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, 265 115-118 (1999) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00217-7
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
1999 Walla P, Endl W, Lindinger G, Deecke L, Lang W, 'Implicit memory within a word recognition task: an event-related potential study in human subjects', NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, 269 129-132 (1999) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00430-9
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16
1999 Lehrner JP, Walla P, Laska M, Deecke L, 'Different forms of human odor memory: a developmental study', NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, 272 17-20 (1999)
DOI 10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00566-2
Citations Web of Science - 32
1999 Lehrner JP, Walla P, Laska M, Deecke L, 'Comparison of the effects of cholinesterase inhibitors on [3H]MK-801 binding in rat cerebral cortex', Neuroscience Letters, 272 21-24 (1999)

Huperzine A, a selective inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase, was recently demonstrated to exert an antagonist effect on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in rat cerebral cortex.... [more]

Huperzine A, a selective inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase, was recently demonstrated to exert an antagonist effect on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in rat cerebral cortex. In the present study, the effects of six cholinesterase inhibitors, e.g. huperzine A, huperzine B, tacrine, donepezil (E2020), physostigmine and galanthamine on [3H]dizocilpine (MK-801) binding to synaptic membrane of rat cerebral cortex were compared. Their IC50 values (mean ± SD) were 36.9±12.1, 316.8±93.2, 33.2±3.7, 135.0±15.1, 50.4±7.4, and 3344±295 µM, respectively. The rank order of potency is tacrine ~ huperzine A>physostigmine>donepezil>huperzine B>>galanthamine. There is no correlation between their activities to inhibit [3H]MK-801 binding and to inhibit acetylcholinesterase (r=+0.563, P=0.245). The results suggest that most cholinesterase inhibitors available exhibit an antagonist effect on NMDA receptor in rat cerebral cortex in addition to their inhibitory effect on acetylcholinesterase. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00567-4
Citations Scopus - 22
1999 Walla P, Endl W, Lindinger G, Lalouschek W, Deecke L, Lang W, 'Early occipito-parietal activity in a word recognition task: an EEG and MEG study', CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 110 1378-1387 (1999) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S1388-2457(99)00097-8
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
1999 Lehrner JP, Walla P, Laska M, Deecke L, 'Different forms of human odour memory. (1999) [C1]
1998 Rugg MD, Mark RE, Walla P, Schloerscheidt AM, Birch CS, Allan K, 'Dissociation of the neural correlates of implicit and explicit memory', NATURE, 392 595-598 (1998) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/33396
Citations Scopus - 422Web of Science - 409
1998 Endl W, Walla P, Lindinger G, Lalouschek W, Barth FG, Deecke L, Lang W, 'Early cortical activation indicates preparation for retrieval of memory for faces: an event-related potential study', NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, 240 58-60 (1998) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0304-3940(97)00920-8
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 22
1998 Rugg MD, Walla P, Schloerscheidt AM, Fletcher PC, Frith CD, Dolan RJ, 'Neural correlates of depth of processing effects on recollection: evidence from brain potentials and PET. (1998) [C1]
1996 Walla P, Barth FG, Eguchi E, 'Spectral Sensitivity of Single Photoreceptor Cells in the Eyes of the Ctenid Spider Cupiennius salei Keys. (1996) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 18
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Koller M, Salzberger T, Brenner G, Walla PH, 'Broadening the range of applications of eye-tracking in business research', Broadening the range of applications of eye-tracking in business research (2012) [D1]

Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Walla PH, Koller MK, 'Emotion is not what you think it is: Startle Reflex Modulation (SRM) as a measure of affective processing in NeuroIS', NeuroIS proceedings (Elsevier), Gmunden (2015)
2014 Walla PH, Koller M, Bosshard S, 'Truth detection: Unbiased brain responses reflecting brand attitude', NeuroIS Proceedings 2014, Gmunden in Austria (2014) [E3]
2014 Bosshard S, Bourke J, Koller M, Meier J, Walla PH, 'Like it or not: physiological correlates of brand attitudes', 2014 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference Proceedings, Munich (2014) [E3]
2013 Kunaharan S, Walla P, 'Implicit versus explicit measures of emotion processing in people with aggressive and impulsive tendencies and those who use pornography', ACNS-2013 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013 Bosshard S, Walla P, 'Objective Measures Within Consumer Neuroscience', ACNS-2013 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013 Mavratzakis A, Herbert C, Walla P, 'We can't help but think of ourselves: A simultaneous EEG and EMG study on the automaticity of Self-referential emotion processing', ACNS-2013 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00177
2013 Walla PH, 'What is an emotion in the first place? Time to sort things out.', ASP2013 - 23rd Annual meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Wollongong (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00033
2013 Walla PH, Beath NB, Mobini SM, 'When compulsive and impulsive people make financial decisions their brain activity differs.', Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2013 - 23rd Annual meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Wollongong (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00043
Co-authors Sirous Mobini
2013 Mavratzakis A, Herbert C, Walla P, 'Biologically relevant emotion processing does not interfere with Self- versus Other- referenced emotion discrimination: An Electroencephalography study', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00018
2013 Mavratzakis A, Herbert C, Walla P, 'Behavioural correlates of brain activity during Self- versus Other- referential emotion processing depend on emotion awareness', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Wollongong, Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00048
2013 Mavratzakis A, Herbert C, Walla P, 'The neural correlates of emotion ownership using biologically relevant emotional stimuli', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Wollongong, Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00049
2013 Wong ASW, Nicklin S, Hong K, Chalup SK, Walla P, 'Robot emotions generated and modulated by visual features of the environment', IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing (CICAC), Singapore, SINGAPORE (2013) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CICAC.2013.6595215
Co-authors Stephan Chalup
2012 Chalup SK, Ostwald M, Walla PH, 'Simulating mechanisms of emotion associated with visual perception of urban space: An artificial agents perspective', Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture 2012 Annual Conference, La Jolla, CA (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2012 Koller M, Walla PH, 'Measuring affective information processing in information systems and consumer research - Introducing startle reflex modulation', Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2012, Orlando, FL (2012) [E1]
2012 Mavratzakis AL, Walla PH, 'Modulation of spontaneous emotional facial expressions during modality-specific emotion processing: A simultaneous EG and EMG study', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Abstracts: ACNS 2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2012 Walla PH, Mavratzakis AL, 'Faces and scenes elicit qualitatively different emotions: An electroencephlography (EEG) study', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Abstracts: ACNS 2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2012 Koller M, Walla PH, 'Startle reflex modulation enriches the methodological spectrum in consumer neuroscience', 2012 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference Proceedings, Rotterdam (2012) [E3]
2012 Herbert C, Walla PH, 'Inferring interactions between emotions and the self during reading of self-related words by means of EEG and fMRI', ASSC 16 Proceedings, Brighton, UK (2012) [E3]
2011 Mavratzakis AL, Molloy E, Walla PH, 'Does emotion equal emotion? Subjective report and objective physiology don't always add up', Journal of Clinical EEG & Neuroscience: Abstracts of peer-reviewed presentations at the Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Conference, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
2010 Walla PH, 'Multiple aspects of self awareness', Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2003 Puregger E, Walla P, Deecke L, Dal-Bianco P, 'Magnetoencephalographic - Features related to mild cognitive impairment', NEUROIMAGE (2003) [E3]
DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2003.08.015
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 11
1998 Rugg MD, Walla P, Schloerscheidt AM, Fletcher PC, Frith CD, Dolan RJ, 'Neural correlates of depth of processing effects on recollection: evidence from brain potentials and positron emission tomography', EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, TUTZING, GERMANY (1998)
DOI 10.1007/s002210050540
Citations Scopus - 51Web of Science - 49
1998 Endl W, Walla P, Lindinger G, Lalouschek W, Lang W, 'Event related brain potentials in a recognition memory task for faces', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE (1998) [E3]
1998 Walla P, Endl W, Lindinger G, Lalouschek W, Lang W, 'A new study about recognition memory for words: Same responses but different event-related potentials.', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE (1998) [E3]
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Thesis / Dissertation (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2007 Walla P, Subconscious information procesing, University of Vienna (2007) [T4]
2003 Walla P, Human Memory Functions, Medical University of Vienna (2003) [T4]
1998 Walla P, Neurophysiologie menschlicher Gedächtnisfunktionen., University of Vienna (1998) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 17
Total funding $1,176,352

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20141 grants / $25,000

Combining startle reflex modulation with serious gaming technologies to determine engagement and impact on depression and binge drinking in young people: The SHADoW Study$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor Peter Walla, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301431
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20134 grants / $61,492

Combining startle reflex modulation with serious gaming technologies to determine engagement and impact on depression and binge drinking in young people: The SHADoW Study$25,000

Depression and binge drinking represent significant community problems, particularly for young people. Despite the high prevalence of these problems and the consequent need for treatment, rates of treatment access among young people remain the lowest of any age group. Internet-based treatments have the potential to meet this challenge. Previous research conducted by Kay-Lambkin has revealed that the SHADE program, a web-based psychological treatment for depression and binge drinking, was as effective in reducing alcohol use and improving mood as a face-to-face psychological treatment among 371 participants across two randomised controlled trials. There was some evidence to suggest that improved engagement (sessions attended) in people aged 30 years and younger was associated with randomisation to the SHADE intemet treatment program, and that this in turn led to better outcomes for depression and binge drinking. Young people are extensive consumers of digital media, including gaming, with international data indicating approximately 93% of adolescents play computer games in a 12-month period, with 63% playing at least once a week. With the success of the SHADE web-based treatment among young people, and the Penetration of gaming and related technologies into the everyday lives of young people, the SHADOW program was developed by Nesbitt, Hookham and Kay-Lambkin; a serious game for young people with depression and binge drinking concerns. New technologies, especially ones that target behaviour change, are designed to elicit an emotional response. In clinical research, behavioural methods, such as self-report questionnaires and interviews, are used to understand the nature and intensity of this emotional response. Researchers use this data to infer domains such as technology acceptance and relate this to behaviour modification. However, behavioural methods do not capture the entire picture. There may, for example be an incongruence between what a person using the SHADOW program tells us (or wants to tell us) and their actual experienced feelings in response to the resource. Recent research conducted by Walla has indicated that startle reflex modulation is a valid indicator of affective information processing in various applied settings, and is now seen as an accurate objective measure of related deep neurological processes. Combining startle reflex modulation with self-report behavioural and attitudinal measures holds promise as an approach to more accurately testing acceptability and efficacy of technology-based programs and applications. This project will, for the first time, combine behavioural methods with startle reflex modulation to evaluate the usefulness, "engageability" and efficacy of the SHADOW program for depression and binge drinking concerns among young people.

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

Faces in buildings$16,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

An exploratory comparative investigation of underlying cognitive, behavioural and neural bases of compulsivity and impulsivity in a non-clinical population$10,492

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Doctor Sirous Mobini, Professor Peter Walla
Scheme Strategic Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1401069
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Neurophysiology of compulsivity and impulsivity$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $5,860

Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2012$5,860

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Professor Peter Walla
Scheme Visiting Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1401132
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $15,000

Emotion Ownership$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $40,000

Non-conscious processing$40,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $50,000

Olfaction in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment$50,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding body Industry
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20063 grants / $161,000

Word processing in patients with Alzheimer's disease$73,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding body Industry
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

The influence of olfaction on emotion$50,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding body Industry
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

The effect of colors$38,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding body Industry
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $66,000

Neuroimaging and Emotion$66,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding body Industry
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $230,000

Neural correlates of Self Awareness$230,000

Funding body: Austrian Science Fund

Funding body Austrian Science Fund
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

19992 grants / $355,000

Smelling and memory for words and faces$322,000

Funding body: Austrian Science Fund

Funding body Austrian Science Fund
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

The unconscious memory$33,000

Funding body: Austrian National Bank

Funding body Austrian National Bank
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

19961 grants / $167,000

Neurophysiology of memory functions$167,000

Funding body: Austrian Science Fund

Funding body Austrian Science Fund
Project Team
Scheme Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1998
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.55

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Objective Measures Within Consumer Neuroscience
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2012 Implicit Versus Explicit Measures of Emotion Processing in People With Aggressive and Impulsive Tendencies and Those Who Use Pornography
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2011 Perceptual Mechanisms Underlying the Embodimen of Emotion
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2007 Individual Differences in Substance Use & Emotion
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Professor Peter Walla

Position

Conjoint Professor
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Psychology

Contact Details

Email peter.walla@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 49217260
Fax 02 49216980

Office

Room 206
Building Behavioral Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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