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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
030199Analytical Chemistry not elsewhere classified25
170101Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)50
179999Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 31/08/2014ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2012 - Editorial Board - International Journal of Brain and Cognitive SciencesInternational Journal of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Australia
1/01/2012 - Editorial Board - WebmedCentralWebmedCentral
Australia
1/01/2012 - Editorial Board - Journal of Biological MedicineJournal of Biological Medicine
Australia
1/01/2012 - Editorial Board - Brain SciencesBrain Sciences
Australia
1/01/2012 - Membership - Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and NeuropsychoanalysisFrontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis
Australia
1/01/2011 - Editorial Board - Applied SciencesApplied Sciences
Australia
1/10/2008 - 1/10/2009Deputy HeadUniversity of Vienna
Institute for Clinical, Biological and Differential Psychology
Austria
1/01/2008 - 1/10/2009HeadUniversity of Vienna
Unit for Biological Psychology
Austria
1/01/2007 - 1/10/2009Speaker of Faculty Research FocusUniversity 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)

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

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Walla 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]
DOI10.5772/51761
2013Walla 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]
DOI10.5772/51042
2011Walla PH, 'Non-conscious brain processes revealed by magnetoencephalography (MEG)', Magnetoencephalography, Intech, Rijeka 235-252 (2011) [B1]
DOI10.5772/28211
2000Lehrner 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Walla 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)
2015Walla 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)
DOI10.1080/23311908.2015.1019236
2014Kunaharan 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]
DOI10.4236/psych.2014.518199
2014Walla PH, 'The Future of Psychology as an Open Access Journal Welcoming Applied Neuroscience', Psychology, 5 1-1 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.4236/psych.2014.59110
2014Walla 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]
DOI10.1080/23311908.2014.980557
2014Walla 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]
DOI10.3389/fnhum.2014.00304
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013Lyons 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]
DOI10.3109/17518423.2012.737039Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsMichael Arthur-Kelly, Gordon Lyons
2013Mavratzakis A, Molloy E, Walla P, 'Modulation of the Startle Reflex during Brief and Sustained Exposure to Emotional Pictures', Psychology, 04 389-395 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.4236/psych.2013.44056
2013Walla 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]
DOI10.4236/psych.2013.43A032
2012Grahl A, Greiner U, Walla PH, 'Bottle shape elicits gender-specific emotion: A startle reflex modulation study', Psychology, 3 548-554 (2012) [C1]
2011Walla 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]
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0026782
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2011Geiser M, Walla PH, 'Objective measures of emotion during virtual walks through urban environments', Applied Sciences, 1 1-11 (2011) [C1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 4
2011Walla 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]
2011Heereman J, Walla PH, 'Stress, uncertainty and decision confidence', Applied Psychophysiology Biofeedback, 36 273-279 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2011Walla PH, Deecke L, 'Odours influence visually induced emotion: Behavior and neuroimaging', Sensors, 10 8185-8197 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2010Walla 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]
DOI10.1027/0269-8803/a000003
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2010Mathes 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]
DOI10.1016/j.neulet.2010.04.057
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2009Walla 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]
DOI10.1007/s00702-009-0258-1
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2009Khittl 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]
DOI10.1007/s00702-008-0125-5
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2008Walla 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]
DOI10.1007/s00702-008-0035-6
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2008Walla PH, 'Olfaction and its dynamic influence on word and face processing: Cross-modal integration', Progress in Neurobiology, 84 192-209 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.pneurobio.2007.10.005
CitationsScopus - 22Web of Science - 17
2007Duregger 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]
DOI10.1007/s00702-006-0568-5Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2007Brondel 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]
DOI10.1038/sj.ijo.0803504Author URL
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2007Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.08.017Author URL
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 11
2005Walla 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]
DOI10.1007/s00702-004-0215-yAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2005Walla P, Mayer D, Deecke L, Lang W, 'How chemical information processing interferes with face processing: a magnetoencephalographic study', NEUROIMAGE, 24 111-117 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.09.030Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2005Staresina BP, Bauer H, Deecke L, Walla P, 'Neurocognitive correlates of incidental verbal memory encoding: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study', NEUROIMAGE, 25 430-443 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.11.035Author URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2005Staresina BP, Bauer H, Deecke L, Walla P, 'Magnetoencephalographic correlates of different levels in subjective recognition memory', NEUROIMAGE, 27 83-94 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.02.051Author URL
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2004Walla 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)
DOI10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.03.029Author URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2004Walla P, Mayer D, Deecke L, Thurner S, 'The lack of focused anticipation of verbal information in stutterers. (2004) [C1]
2003Walla 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]
DOI10.1007/s00702-002-0806-4Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2003Thurner 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]
DOI10.1016/S0378-4371(03)00279-6Author URL
CitationsScopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2003Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/S0926-6410(02)00144-1Author URL
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2003Walla 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]
DOI10.1006/nimg.2002.1324Author URL
CitationsScopus - 15Web of Science - 14
2002Pueregger 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]
Author URL
2002Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/S0926-6410(02)00121-0Author URL
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 10
2001Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/S0926-6410(00)00079-3Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2001Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/S0926-6410(01)00028-3Author URL
CitationsScopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2001Walla 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]
DOI10.1006/nimg.2000.0694Author URL
CitationsScopus - 24Web of Science - 22
2001Cunnington 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]
DOI10.1016/S1388-2457(01)00467-9Author URL
CitationsScopus - 22Web of Science - 17
2000Lehrner 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)
DOI10.1016/S0031-9384(00)00308-5Author URL
CitationsScopus - 97Web of Science - 62
2000Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/S0926-6410(99)00041-5Author URL
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 9
2000Lehrner 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]
1999Endl 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]
DOI10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00217-7Author URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
1999Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00430-9Author URL
CitationsScopus - 16Web of Science - 16
1999Lehrner JP, Walla P, Laska M, Deecke L, 'Different forms of human odor memory: a developmental study', NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, 272 17-20 (1999)
DOI10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00566-2Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 32
1999Lehrner 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. 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.

DOI10.1016/S0304-3940(99)00567-4
CitationsScopus - 22
1999Walla 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]
DOI10.1016/S1388-2457(99)00097-8Author URL
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 8
1999Lehrner JP, Walla P, Laska M, Deecke L, 'Different forms of human odour memory. (1999) [C1]
1998Rugg 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]
DOI10.1038/33396Author URL
CitationsScopus - 420Web of Science - 404
1998Endl 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]
DOI10.1016/S0304-3940(97)00920-8Author URL
CitationsScopus - 23Web of Science - 22
1998Rugg 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]
1996Walla P, Barth FG, Eguchi E, 'Spectral Sensitivity of Single Photoreceptor Cells in the Eyes of the Ctenid Spider Cupiennius salei Keys. (1996) [C1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 18
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Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Koller 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Walla 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)
2014Walla PH, Koller M, Bosshard S, 'Truth detection: Unbiased brain responses reflecting brand attitude', NeuroIS Proceedings 2014, Gmunden in Austria (2014) [E3]
2014Bosshard 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]
2013Kunaharan 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]
2013Bosshard S, Walla P, 'Objective Measures Within Consumer Neuroscience', ACNS-2013 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013Mavratzakis 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]
DOI10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00177
2013Walla 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]
DOI10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00033
2013Walla 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]
DOI10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00043
Co-authorsSirous Mobini
2013Mavratzakis 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]
DOI10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00018
2013Mavratzakis 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]
DOI10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00048
2013Mavratzakis A, Herbert C, Walla P, 'The neural correlates of emotion ownership using biologically relevant emotional stimuli', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Wollongong, Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00049
2013Wong 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]
DOI10.1109/CICAC.2013.6595215
Co-authorsStephan Chalup
2012Chalup 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-authorsMichael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2012Koller 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]
2012Mavratzakis 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]
2012Walla 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]
2012Koller M, Walla PH, 'Startle reflex modulation enriches the methodological spectrum in consumer neuroscience', 2012 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference Proceedings, Rotterdam (2012) [E3]
2012Herbert 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]
2011Mavratzakis 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]
2010Walla PH, 'Multiple aspects of self awareness', Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2003Puregger E, Walla P, Deecke L, Dal-Bianco P, 'Magnetoencephalographic - Features related to mild cognitive impairment', NEUROIMAGE (2003) [E3]
DOI10.1016/j.neuroimage.2003.08.015Author URL
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 11
1998Rugg 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)
DOI10.1007/s002210050540Author URL
CitationsScopus - 51Web of Science - 49
1998Endl 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]
Author URL
1998Walla 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)

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

Summary

Number of grants17
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 bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamDoctor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor Peter Walla, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301431
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

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
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

Faces in buildings$16,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Sirous Mobini, Professor Peter Walla
SchemeStrategic Small Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1401069
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Neurophysiology of compulsivity and impulsivity$10,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20121 grants / $5,860

Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2012$5,860

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamProfessor Peter Walla
SchemeVisiting Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1401132
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $15,000

Emotion Ownership$15,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team
SchemePilot Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $40,000

Non-conscious processing$40,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemePilot Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $50,000

Olfaction in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment$50,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding bodyIndustry
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20063 grants / $161,000

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

Funding body: Industry

Funding bodyIndustry
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

The influence of olfaction on emotion$50,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding bodyIndustry
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

The effect of colors$38,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding bodyIndustry
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20051 grants / $66,000

Neuroimaging and Emotion$66,000

Funding body: Industry

Funding bodyIndustry
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20021 grants / $230,000

Neural correlates of Self Awareness$230,000

Funding body: Austrian Science Fund

Funding bodyAustrian Science Fund
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

19992 grants / $355,000

Smelling and memory for words and faces$322,000

Funding body: Austrian Science Fund

Funding bodyAustrian Science Fund
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish2002
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

The unconscious memory$33,000

Funding body: Austrian National Bank

Funding bodyAustrian National Bank
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

19961 grants / $167,000

Neurophysiology of memory functions$167,000

Funding body: Austrian Science Fund

Funding bodyAustrian Science Fund
Project Team
SchemeResearch
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1998
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Objective Measures Within Consumer Neuroscience
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2012Implicit 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
2011Perceptual Mechanisms Underlying the Embodimen of Emotion
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2007Individual 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

Emailpeter.walla@newcastle.edu.au
Phone02 49217260
Fax02 49216980

Office

Room206
BuildingBehavioral Sciences
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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