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Biography

Since earning my PhD in 2002, I have focussed on applying mathematical modelling techniques to the understanding of higher-order cognitive processes (mostly memory and decision-making). I spent four years as an Assistant Professor at UC Irvine, and then took up a position at the University of Newcastle. I have been supported in research-only positions by the Australian Research Council from 2008-2016 (a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, then a Future Fellowship). I share a lab with a strong group of math-psych researchers - see http://newcl.org/brown for details.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Psychology), University of Newcastle, 02/05/2003
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Psychology), University of Newcastle, 02/05/2003
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle, 01/05/1998
  • Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, 01/05/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • cognition
  • mathematical psychology
  • memory
  • quantitative modelling

Research expertise

Since earning my PhD in 2002, I have focussed on applying mathematical modelling techniques to the understanding of higher-order cognitive processes (mostly memory and decision-making). In that time, I have co-authored over 20 papers in international journals, and have another four under review. My work can be loosely divided into the products of several collaborations. In one, I work with Associate Professor Mark Steyvers (UCalifornia, Irvine) and with Dr. Eric-Jan Wagenmakers (UAmsterdam). This is the work on which the current proposal is partially based. We have developed generative Bayesian models as well as simple psychological process models of cognitive dynamics in tasks requiring change detection. The research with Steyvers was supported by a USD$380,000 grant from the US Air Force between 2004-2007 (FA9550-04-1-0317).

Since my PhD I have continuously collaborated with Associate Professor Andrew Heathcote (UNewcastle), as well as Professor Emeritus Tony Marley (University of Victoria, Canada) on two research strands. Firstly, Heathcote and I have published around ten articles on the topics of estimating RT distributions and curve fitting. This methodological knowledge has formed an important contribution to the field, and informs many of the experiments and analyses proposed herein (e.g. th use of individual-subject model analyses only). Secondly, Heathcote and I have co-authored four papers in major international journals on the development of mathematical models of decision-making, culminating in the recent development of a ballistic accumulator model of RT. This model represents a substantial advance on the previous 40 years of RT research, which have focussed exclusively stochastic accumulation. The new model is currently used as the core for a new model of absolute identification, which we are developing in collaboration with Marley this modelling work is currently in the review process at Psychological Review.

Finally, I have collaborated separately with several groups, to provide statistical, mathematical and computational expertise. These collaborations include several international researchers prominent in their fields (Roger Ratcliff, Ohio State U; Jane Taylor, Yale; Philip Smith, Melbourne; Karen Francis, U San Francisco).

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
170200Cognitive Science65
170100Psychology30
179900Other Psychology And Cognitive Sciences5

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Fellow - Psychonomic Association
  • Fellow - Society for Mathematical Psychology

Appointments

ARC - Aust Research Fellowship (level B C)
ARC (Australia)
01/01/2006
Fellowship QE-II
Australian Research Council (Australia)
01/06/2008
Review Panelist - Dynamic Systems Grants
National Science Foundation (United States)
01/05/2005

Awards

Research Award.

2008New Investigator Award
Society for Mathematical Psychology (United States)
I won the New Investigator Award for the (international) Math-Psych society. The award is quite prestigious, past winners have generally impressive career trajectories at prestigious international institutions.
2006New Investigator Award
American Psychological Assocation (Division of Experimental Psychology) (United States)

Invitations

International Workshop on Diffusion Models
Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2006

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I have actively shared the load of campus administration at UC Irvine and at Newcastle. At Irvine, I served three years on a campus-wide committee (Undergraduate Admissions) and six months as the Irvine representative on the corresponding California-wide board. I also served on many promotion and tenure case committees, as well as helping to oversee the honours program.

Even though I have been at Newcastle for only six months, I am already actively involved in course co-ordination (PSYC 2000 and 4815B) and in long-range planning of the statistics curriculum.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • cognition
  • memory
  • modelling
  • statistics

Teaching expertise

At both UC Irvine and UNewcastle, have taught the advanced statistics and experimental methodology sequence. In both locations, I have received very high student review ratings (and a faculty award for excellence in teaching while at UCI). I re-developed the curriculum to a large extent while at UCI, and at Newcastle I am currently working with the statistics faculty to improve delivery of statistical knowledge to Psychology majors.

Apart from statistics teaching, I have taught cognition classes from first year to graduate level, including some advanced cognitive modelling seminar classes. I have also supervised graduate students at both universities (one has already graduated). In addition, I have supervised numerous honours theses and independent research projects for undergraduate students. Two undergraduate research projects have even produced work that ultimately appeared in high profile international journals (C. Lehmann for task switching, P. Hemmer for change detection).

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Publications

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Journal article (80 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Cassey P, Heathcote A, Brown SD, 'Brain and behavior in decision-making.', PLoS Comput Biol, 10 e1003700 (2014) [C1]
2014Trueblood JS, Brown SD, Heathcote A, 'The multiattribute linear ballistic accumulator model of context effects in multialternative choice.', Psychol Rev, 121 179-205 (2014) [C1]
2014Ester EF, Ho TC, Brown SD, Serences JT, 'Variability in visual working memory ability limits the efficiency of perceptual decision making', JOURNAL OF VISION, 14 (2014) [C1]
2014Ho TC, Yang G, Wu J, Cassey P, Brown SD, Hoang N, et al., 'Functional connectivity of negative emotional processing in adolescent depression', JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS, 155 65-74 (2014) [C1]
2014Hawkins GE, Marley AAJ, Heathcote A, Flynn TN, Louviere JJ, Brown SD, 'Integrating Cognitive Process and Descriptive Models of Attitudes and Preferences', COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 38 701-735 (2014) [C1]
2014Rae B, Heathcote A, Donkin C, Averell L, Brown S, 'The hare and the tortoise: emphasizing speed can change the evidence used to make decisions.', J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn, 40 1226-1243 (2014)
2014Forstmann BU, Brown S, Dutilh G, Neumann J, von Cramon DY, Ridderinkhof KR, Wagenmakers EJ, 'Does the Basal Ganglia Regulate Probabilistic Expectations?', -, - (2014)
2014Hawkins G, Camilleri AR, Newell BR, Brown SD, 'Modeling Probability Estimates and Choice in Decisions from Experience', Psychological Review, - (2014)
2013Matzke D, Love J, Wiecki TV, Brown SD, Logan GD, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Release the BEESTS: Bayesian Estimation of Ex-Gaussian STop-Signal reaction time distributions', Frontiers in Psychology, 4 (2013) [C1]
2013Turner BM, Sederberg PB, Brown SD, Steyvers M, 'A Method for Efficiently Sampling From Distributions With Correlated Dimensions', PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS, 18 368-384 (2013) [C1]
2013Provost A, Johnson B, Karayanidis F, Brown SD, Heathcote A, 'Two Routes to Expertise in Mental Rotation', COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 37 1321-1342 (2013) [C1]
2013Sinderberry B, Brown SD, Hammond P, Stevens AF, Schall UA, Murphy DGM, et al., 'Subtypes in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome associated with behaviour and neurofacial morphology', Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 116-125 (2013) [C1]
2013Turner BM, Forstmann BU, Wagenmakers E-J, Brown SD, Sederberg PB, Steyvers M, 'A Bayesian framework for simultaneously modeling neural and behavioral data', NEUROIMAGE, 72 193-206 (2013) [C1]
2013Hawkins GE, Rae B, Nesbitt KV, Brown SD, 'Gamelike features might not improve data', BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS, 45 301-318 (2013) [C1]
2013Friedman J, Brown S, Finkbeiner M, 'Linking cognitive and reaching trajectories via intermittent movement control', JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 57 140-151 (2013) [C1]
2013Trueblood JS, Brown SD, Heathcote A, Busemeyer JR, 'Not Just for Consumers: Context Effects Are Fundamental to Decision Making', PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 24 901-908 (2013) [C1]
2013Matzke D, Dolan CV, Logan GD, Brown SD, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Bayesian Parametric Estimation of Stop-Signal Reaction Time Distributions', JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL, 142 1047-1073 (2013) [C1]
2012Van Maanen L, Grasman RPPP, Forstmann BU, Keuken MC, Brown SD, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Similarity and number of alternatives in the random-dot motion paradigm', Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 74 739-753 (2012) [C1]
2012Hawkins GE, Nesbitt KV, Brown SD, 'Dynamic difficulty balancing for cautious players and risk takers', International Journal of Computer Games Technology, 2012 1-10 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Keith Nesbitt

2012Hawkins GE, Brown SD, Steyvers M, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Decision speed induces context effects in choice', Experimental Psychology, 59 206-215 (2012) [C1]
2012Ho TC, Brown SD, Abuyo NA, Ku E-HJ, Serences JT, 'Perceptual consequences of feature-based attentional enhancement and suppression', Journal of Vision, 12 1-17 (2012) [C1]
2012Hawkins GE, Brown SD, Steyvers M, Wagenmakers EJ, 'An optimal adjustment procedure to minimize experiment time in decisions with multiple alternatives', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19 339-348 (2012) [C1]
2012Prince MA, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'The design and analysis of state-trace experiments', Psychological Methods, 17 78-99 (2012) [C1]
2012White CN, Brown SD, Ratcliff R, 'A test of Bayesian observer models of processing in the Eriksen flanker task', Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 38 489-497 (2012) [C1]
2012Dodds PM-J, Rae BP, Brown SD, 'Perhaps unidimensional Is not unidimensional', Cognitive Science, 36 1542-1555 (2012) [C1]
2012Parris BA, Bate S, Brown SD, Hodgson TL, 'Facilitating goal-oriented behaviour in the stroop task: when executive control is influenced by automatic processing', PLOS One, 7 1-4 (2012) [C1]
2012Brown SD, 'Common ground for behavioural and neuroimaging research', Australian Journal of Psychology, 64 4-10 (2012) [C1]
2012Hawkins GE, Brown SD, Steyvers M, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Context effects in multi-alternative decision making: Empirical data and a Bayesian model', Cognitive Science, 36 498-516 (2012) [C1]
2012Ho T, Brown SD, Van Maanen L, Forstmann BU, Wagenmakers E-J, Serences JT, 'The optimality of sensory processing during the speed-accuracy tradeoff', Journal of Neuroscience, 32 7992-8003 (2012) [C1]
2011Forstmann BU, Wagenmakers E-J, Eichele T, Brown SD, Serences JT, 'Reciprocal relations between cognitive neuroscience and formal cognitive models: Opposites attract?', Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15 272-279 (2011) [C1]
2011Karayanidis F, Provost AL, Brown SD, Paton BK, Heathcote AJ, 'Switch-specific and general preparation map onto different ERP components in a task-switching paradigm', Psychophysiology, 48 559-568 (2011) [C1]
2011Dodds PM-J, Donkin C, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, Marley AAJ, 'Stimulus-specific learning: Disrupting the bow effect in absolute identification', Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 73 1977-1986 (2011) [C1]
2011Van Maanen L, Brown SD, Eichele T, Wagenmakers E-J, Ho T, Serences J, Forstmann BU, 'Neural correlates of trial-to-trial fluctuations in response caution', Journal of Neuroscience, 31 17488-17495 (2011) [C1]
2011Forstmann BU, Tittgemeyer M, Wagenmakers E-J, Derrfuss J, Imperati D, Brown SD, 'The speed-accuracy tradeoff in the elderly brain: A structural model-based approach', Journal of Neuroscience, 31 17242-17249 (2011) [C1]
2011Donkin C, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Drawing conclusions from choice response time models: A tutorial using the linear ballistic accumulator', Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 55 140-151 (2011) [C1]
2011Donkin C, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Diffusion versus linear ballistic accumulation: Different models but the same conclusions about psychological processes?', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18 61-69 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2011Dodds PM-J, Donkin C, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Increasing capacity: Practice effects in absolute identification', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 37 477-492 (2011) [C1]
2011Van Ravenzwaaij D, Brown SD, Wagenmakers E-J, 'An integrated perspective on the relation between response speed and intelligence', Cognition, 119 381-393 (2011) [C1]
2011Turner BM, Van Zandt T, Brown SD, 'A dynamic stimulus-driven model of signal detection', Psychological Review, 118 583-613 (2011) [C1]
2010Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, Wagenmakers EJ, Eidels A, 'Distribution-free tests of stochastic dominance for small samples', Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 54 454-463 (2010) [C1]
2010Eidels A, Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Converging measures of workload capacity', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17 763-771 (2010) [C1]
2010Forstmann BU, Brown SD, Dutilh G, Neumann J, Wagenmakers E-J, 'The neural substrate of prior information in perceptual decision making: A model-based analysis', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4 1-12 (2010) [C1]
2010Forstmann BU, Anwander A, Schafer A, Neumann J, Brown SD, Wagenmakers E-J, et al., 'Cortico-striatal connections predict control over speed and accuracy in perceptual decision making', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107 15916-15920 (2010) [C1]
2009Brown SD, Steyvers M, 'Detecting and predicting changes', Cognitive Psychology, 58 49-67 (2009) [C1]
2009Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'The overconstraint of response time models: Rethinking the scaling problem', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 16 1129-1135 (2009) [C1]
2009Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, Marley AAJ, 'Dissociating speed and accuracy in absolute identification: The effect of unequal stimulus spacing', Psychological Research-Psychologische Forschung, 73 308-316 (2009) [C1]
2009Donkin CM, Averell LA, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Getting more from accuracy and response time data: Methods for fitting the linear ballistic accumulator', Behavior Research Methods, 41 1095-1110 (2009) [C1]
2009Brown SD, Marley AAJ, Dodds PM-J, Heathcote AJ, 'Purely relative models cannot provide a general account of absolute identification', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16 583-593 (2009) [C1]
2009Ho TC, Brown SD, Serences JT, 'Domain general mechanisms of perceptual decision making in human cortex', Journal of Neuroscience, 29 8675-8687 (2009) [C1]
2009Brown SD, Steyvers M, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Observing evidence accumulation during multi-alternative decisions', Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 56 453-462 (2009) [C1]
2009Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'ChoiceKey: A real-time speech recognition program for psychology experiments with a small response set', Behavior Research Methods, 41 154-162 (2009) [C1]
2008Brown SD, Marley AAJ, Donkin CM, Heathcote AJ, 'An integrated model of choices and response times in absolute identification', Psychological Review, 115 396-425 (2008) [C1]
2008Forstmann BU, Dutilh G, Brown SD, Neumann J, Von Cramon DY, Ridderinkhof KR, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Striatum and pre-SMA facilitate decision-making under time pressure', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105 17538-17542 (2008) [C1]
2008Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'The simplest complete model of choice response time: Linear ballistic accumulation', Cognitive Psychology, 57 153-178 (2008) [C1]
2007Wagenmakers EJ, Brown SD, 'On the linear relation between the mean and the standard deviation of a response time distribution', Psychological Review, 114 830-841 (2007) [C1]
2007Brown S, Lacouture Y, 'Is absolute identification always relative? Comment on Stewart, Brown, and Chater (2005)', PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW, 114 528-532 (2007) [C1]
2007Brown SD, Steyvers M, Hemmer P, 'Modeling experimentally induced strategy shifts', Psychological Science, 18 40-45 (2007) [C1]
2006Brown S, Lehmann C, Poboka DM, 'A critical test of the failure-to-engage theory of task switching', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13 152-159 (2006) [C1]
2006Brown SD, Ratcliff R, Smith PL, 'Evaluating methods for approximating stochastic differential equations', JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 50 402-410 (2006) [C1]
2006Bogacz R, Brown E, Moehlis J, Holmes P, Cohen JD, 'The Physics of Optimal Decision Making: A Formal Analysis of Models of Performance in Two┬┐alternative Forced Choice Tasks', Psychological Review, 113 700-765 (2006)
2005Chambers RA, Jones RM, Brown SD, Taylor JR, 'Natural reward-related learning in rats with neonatal ventral hippocampal lesions and prior cocaine exposure', Psychopharmacology, 179 470-478 (2005) [C1]
2005Brown SD, Steyvers M, 'The dynamics of experimentally induced criterion shifts', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 31 587-599 (2005) [C1]
2005Brown S, Heathcote AJ, 'Practice increases the efficiency of evidence accumulation in perceptual choice', Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 31 289-298 (2005) [C1]
2005Brown S, Heathcote AJ, 'A ballistic model of choice response time', Psychological Review, 112 117-128 (2005) [C1]
2005Stewart N, Brown GDA, Chater N, 'Absolute identification by relative judgment.', Psychological Review, 112 881-911 (2005)
2005Brown E, Gao J, Holmes P, Bogacz R, Gilzenrat M, Cohen JD, 'Simple Neural Networks that Optimize Decisions', International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 15 803-826 (2005)
2004Heathcote AJ, Brown S, Cousineau D, 'QMPE: Estimating Lognormal, Wald, and Weibull RT distributions with a parameter-dependent lower bound', Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers, 36 277-290 (2004) [C1]
2004Heathcote AJ, Brown S, 'Beyond curve fitting? Comment on Liu, Mayer-Kress, and Newell (2003)', Journal of Motor Behavior, 36 225-232 (2004) [C1]
2004Cousineau D, Brown SD, Heathcote A, 'Methods and packages for fitting RT distributions', Behavior Research Methods, 36 277-290 (2004) [C1]
2004Heathcote A, Brown S, 'Reply to Speckman and Rouder: A theoretical basis for QML', PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW, 11 577-578 (2004)
2004Brown JW, Bullock D, Grossberg S, 'How Laminar Frontal Cortex and Basal Ganglia Circuits Interact to Control Planned and Reactive Saccades', Neural Networks, 17 (2004)
2003Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Averaging learning curves across and within participants', Behaviour Research Methods, Instruments and Computers, 35 11-21 (2003) [C1]
2003Brown S, Heathcote A, 'QMLE: Fast, robust, and efficient estimation of distribution functions based on quantiles', BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS INSTRUMENTS & COMPUTERS, 35 485-492 (2003) [C1]
2003Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Bias in exponential and power function fits due to noise: Comment on Myung, Kim and Pitt', Memory and Cognition, 31 656-661 (2003) [C1]
2002Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, 'SEEXC: A model of response time in skill acquisition', Noetica: a cognitive science forum, online online (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2002Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'On the use of nonparametric regression in assessing parametric regression models', Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 46 661-796 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2002Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, 'Quantile maximum likelihood estimation of response time distributions', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 9 394-401 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2002Brown LD, Cai TT, DasGupta A, 'Confidence Intervals For a Binomial Proportion and Asymptotic Expansions', The Annals of Statistics, 30 (2002)
2000Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, 'The Law of practice and localist neural network models', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23 479-480 (2000) [C1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2000Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, Mewhort D, 'The power law repealed: The case for an expotential law of practice', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 7 185-207 (2000) [C1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

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Conference (42 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Alexander P, Bryan P, Frini K, Scott B, Andrew H, ' Using Orthogonal Polynomial Trend Analysis and Wavelet decomposition (WOPTA) to investigate learning in a Mental Rotation task', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2013) [E3]
2012Provost AL, Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, Jamadar S, Karayanidis F, 'Sustained target-driven interference under optimal preparation in a cued task switching paradigm using orthogonal polynomial trend analysis (OPTA)', Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012Brown SD, Van Maanen L, Forstmann B, Wagenmakers EJ, 'Neural correlates and a mathematical model of trial-to-trial changes in decision-making', Combined Abstracts of 2012 Australian Psychology Conferences, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Provost AL, Johnson B, Karayanidis F, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Converging behavioural and psychophysiological evidence of two routes to expertise in mental rotation', Psychophysiology, New Orleans, Louisiana (2012) [E3]
2012Paton B, Heathcote AJ, Karayanidis F, Brown SD, 'Orthogonal polynomial trend analysis using wavelet decomposition (WOPTA)', Combined Abstracts of 2012 Australian Psychology Conferences, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Hawkins GE, Rae BP, Nesbitt KV, Brown SD, 'To game or not to game, perhaps there is no question: Game-like features might not improve data', Combined Abstracts of 2012 Australian Psychology Conferences, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Keith Nesbitt

2012Rae BP, Brown SD, Dodds PM-J, 'Perhaps unidimensional is not unidimensional', Combined Abstracts of 2012 Australian Psychology Conferences, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2011Matzke D, Dolan CV, Logan GD, Brown SD, Wagenmakers E-J, 'A Bayesian parametric approach for the estimation of stop-signal reaction time distributions', Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society 52nd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (2011) [E3]
2011Dodds PM-J, Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Absolute identification: Modality specific learning', Abstracts of the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2011Heathcote AJ, Eidels A, Brown SD, Watson J, 'Measuring cross modal workload capacity', The Abstracts of the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland (2011) [E3]
2011Brown SD, Forstmann B, Wagenmakers EJ, 'The speed-accuracy tradeoff in the elderly brain: Imaging data and a mathematical model', Abstracts of the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland (2011) [E3]
2011Hawkins GE, Brown SD, Steyvers M, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Leave the experiment as quickly as possible, without looking stupid: An optimal adjustment procedure to explain context effects in mulit-alternative choice', Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society 52nd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (2011) [E3]
2011Forstmann BU, Tittgemeyer M, Wagenmakers E-J, Derrfuss J, Imperati D, Brown SD, 'Aging and the speed-accuracy tradeoff: A model-based analysis of neuroanatomical data', Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society 52nd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (2011) [E3]
2010Donkin C, Shiffrin RM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Does micro-variability make models more complex? A comparison between diffusive and linear evidence accumulation', Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, Oregon (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2010Dodds PM-J, Donkin C, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Multidimensional scaling methods for absolute identification data', Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, Oregon (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2010Hawkins GE, Prince MA, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Designing state-trace expeiments to assess the number of latent psychological variables underlying binary choices', Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, Oregon (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2010Brown SD, 'All neuroscience is not bad science and all bad science is not neuroscience', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Donkin CM, Shiffrin RM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, Wagenmakers E-J, 'Diffusion versus linear ballistic accumulation: Different models for response time, same conclusions about psychological mechanisms?', Abstracts of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, Missouri (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2010Camilleri A, Newell B, Hawkins GE, Dodds PM-J, Brown SD, 'Judgment and choice in a sequential sampling paradigm', Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference 2010 (AMPC 2010), Margaret River, WA (2010) [E3]
2010Brown SD, 'The pervasive problem of criterion setting', Abstracts of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, Missouri (2010) [E3]
2010Karayanidis F, Provost AL, Brown SD, Paton B, Heathcote AJ, 'Using variability in RT distribution to identify functional significance of ERP components in taskswitching paradigm', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Hawkins GE, Brown SD, Steyvers M, Wagenmakers EJ, 'Hick's Law: How high can it go?', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Prince MA, Hawkins GE, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Bayesian ordinal analysis of state-trace data', Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference 2010 (AMPC 2010), Margaret River, WA (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2010Hawkins GE, Prince MA, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'State-trace analysis of recognition memory data: A Bayes Factor approach', Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference 2010 (AMPC 2010), Margaret River, WA (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2010Hawkins GE, Dodds PM-J, Camilleri A, Brown SD, Newell B, 'A particle filter account for the estimation of probability', Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference 2010 (AMPC 2010), Margaret River, WA (2010) [E3]
2010Karayanidis F, Provost AL, Jamadar S, Brown SD, Paton BK, Heathcote AJ, 'Identification of ERP components underlying task-switching performance using variation across the RT distribution', Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Provost AL, Johnson B, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Brain acitivity associated with extensive practice in a mental rotation task', Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2010Heathcote AJ, Eidels A, Donkin CM, Brown SD, 'Converging measures of workload capacity', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Dodds PM-J, Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Practice effects in absolute identification', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Brown SD, Forstmann B, Wagenmakers E-J, Serences J, 'Modelling decision bias', Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference 2010 (AMPC 2010), Margaret River, WA (2010) [E3]
2010Provost AL, Johnson B, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Activity associated with extensive practice in a mental rotation task: Evidence for different strategies', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2009Donkin CM, Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, Andrews S, 'Non-decision time effects in the lexical decision task', CogSci 2009 Proceedings, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2009Dodds PM-J, Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Revising the limits of learning in absolute identification', CogSci 2009 Proceedings, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2009Heathcote AJ, Eidels A, Brown SD, 'A nonparametric Bayesian test for stochastic dominance', 53rd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathemetical Society Conference Booklet, Adelaide (2009) [E3]
2009Heathcote AJ, Eidels A, Brown SD, 'Testing the Architecture of Cognition', Abstracts of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA (2009) [E3]
2008Provost AL, Heathcote AJ, Brown SD, Paton BK, Karayanidis F, 'Integrating RT distribution analysis and ERPs associated with task switching', Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, Brisbane, QLD (2008) [E3]
2008Dodds P, Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Practice effects in absolute identification: Breaking Miller's limit', Australian Journal of Psychology, Perth, WA (2008) [E3]
2008Donkin CM, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Why both response latency and choice are important in absolute identification', Australian Journal of Psychology, Perth, WA (2008) [E3]
2007Bohlscheid EE, Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'Learning with practice: To speed up, or not to speed up?', Abstracts of the of the Psychonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2007Brown SD, Steyvers M, 'How do people detect change?', Australian Journal of Psychology, Canberra (2007) [E3]
2007Brown SD, Heathcote AJ, 'The simplest model of choice and reaction time', Abstracts of the of the Psychonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2005Steyvers M, Brown S, 'Prediction and change detection', Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 18 - Proceedings of the 2005 Conference, Vancouver (2005) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants21
Total funding$2,249,756

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2013 (2 grants)

DVC(R) Research Support for Future Fellow (FT12)$60,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00020132016
GNo:G1201103

A new approach to understanding decision making$57,250
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Dr Christopher Donkin, Associate Professor Scott Brown, Professor Gordon Logan
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$57,25020132015
GNo:G1300341

2012 (3 grants)

Cognitive Models are like Toothbrushes: Everyone has their own, and Nobody wants to use Someone Else's$623,485
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Future FellowshipsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$623,48520122016
GNo:G1101076

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 ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$134,00020122014
GNo:G1100343

Faculty ECR Visiting Felllowship 2012$4,130
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
ECR Visiting FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,13020122012
GNo:G1401113

2011 (1 grants)

Do tonal language speakers have an advantage in absolute pitch perception?$9,150
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Ms Babette Rae, Associate Professor Scott Brown, Conjoint Associate Professor Shuguang Wang
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,15020112011
GNo:G1101146

2009 (3 grants)

Pushing the limits of Hick's Law: Evidence accumulation during multi-alternative decisions$3,350
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown, Mr Guy Hawkins
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,35020092009
GNo:G0900112

2008 FS&IT Research Excellence Award $2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Award for Research ExcellenceChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020092009
GNo:G0189940

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 GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,80020092010
GNo:G0900167

2008 (6 grants)

A new kind of dynamics for psychology$657,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$657,00020082012
GNo:G0187529

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 ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$120,00020082010
GNo:G0187468

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 GrantInvestigator
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 GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,75020082008
GNo:G0189621

An integrated approach to absolute identification$6,000
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020082008
GNo:G0189872

41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, Fairmont Hotel, Washington DC USA, 26/7/2008 - 29/7/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189294

2007 (4 grants)

Absolute identification - setup grant$20,000
Funding Body: Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research

SchemeRole
Priority Research CentreChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020072007
GNo:4717202

Human decision making in a dynamic environment$9,941
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,94120072007
GNo:G0187335

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 GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020072007
GNo:G0188391

Society for Mathematical Psychology (Annual Meeting), Wyndam Hotel, Orange County CA, USA, 25/7/2007 - 28/7/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0188084

2006 (1 grants)

SciP & Psychomic Societies Annual Meetings, Houston, TX, USA, 16/11/2006 - 19/11/2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Scott Brown
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0187053

2004 (1 grants)

Inference in Dynamic Environments$507,000
Funding Body: US Airforce, Office of Scientific Research

SchemeRole
Basic Science ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$507,00020042007
GNo:4717196
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions9
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.4

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-SupervisorTesting the Dimensionality and Processes of Choice Confidence
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorAn Automatic Processing View of Working Memory Training and the Relationship between the N-back and Complex Span Tasks
20122016PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorTesting Bayesian Models of Cognition
20112015M Philosophy (Music)Co-SupervisorMicro Manipulations, Macro Affect: Extending the Paradigm of Emphasis Nuance Beyond Score and Nomenclature
20112015PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorAbsolute Identification: A closer look at the relationship between performance and the complexity of psychological representation of stimuli
20072007Honours Psychology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorLearning in absolute identification
20072007Honours Psychology
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorSequence effects in absolute identification
20072017Honours Psychology
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorPayoff matrix manipulation of decision thresholds
20072011PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorForgetting and Retrieval Failure

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorQuantitative Approaches to Multi-Alternative Choice
2012PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorRevisiting Miller's Limit: Studies in Absolute Identification
2010PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorThe Importance of Choice and Response Times
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Associate Professor Scott Brown

Work Phone(02) 4921 5760
Email
PositionARC Future Fellow
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPsychology
Office
AVLG11a,
Aviation,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/scott-brown
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/psychology/our_staff/brown_scott.html