Professor Lucy Johnston
Dean of Graduate Research
- Phone:(02) 4985 4975
Professor Johnston is currently the Dean of Graduate Research at the University of Newcastle. As part of this position, Professor Johnston plays a key leadership role in driving growth and improvements in research training across the University of Newcastle.
Professor Johnston joined the University of Newcastle from the University of Canterbury, where she was Dean of Postgraduate Research and Professor of Psychology. She is a recognised experimental social psychologist, whose research is concerned with understanding, predicting and modifying the behaviour of individuals in social interactions, with two distinct foci of social perception and social information processing.
Professor Johnston completed her BA (Hons) in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, UK and PhD in Social Psychology at the University Bristol, UK and has more recently completed a MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Staffordshire, UK. She lectured at the University of Cardiff before joining the University of Canterbury in 1994. Professor Johnston was a member of the inaugural management team of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, leading the Language and Social Cognition theme and following the Christchurch earthquake in 2011, was appointed to the Psychosocial Recovery Advisory Group for the Joint Centre for Disaster Research. In 2004, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut, US and has published extensively in the fields of social psychology, and learning and teaching.
Recognised for her engagement with postgraduate research, Professor Johnston was the Chair of the New Zealand Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (NZ DDOGS) between 2012 and 2016 and was actively involved in the development of the Australian Best Practice Guidelines for Higher Degree Research. She was Convenor of the Universities New Zealand Scholarship Committee from 2011 to 2016 term and has been an invited participant to a number of Council of Graduate Schools Global Summits.
Lucy was awarded Oxford Blues and full colours at the University of Bristol for basketball and played for the British Universities. She rowed for her Oxford College and City of Bristol and played soccer for the University of Bristol. She recently retired from 10 seasons completing in road cycling and triathlons.
- PhD (Social Psychology), University of Bristol
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Experimental Psychology), University of Oxford - UK
- Master of Arts, University of Oxford - UK
- Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Psychology), Staffordshire University, UK
- Adaptive person construal
- Behavioural mimicry and interpersonal synchrony
- Facial expressions of emotion
- Nonverbal behaviour
- Postgraduate thesis supervision
- Social perception
- Social psychology
- Sport psychology
- Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
Fields of Research
|130303||Education Assessment and Evaluation||30|
|170113||Social and Community Psychology||35|
|170112||Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance||35|
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Dean of Graduate Research||University of Newcastle
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/07/2010 - 24/01/2016||Dean of Postgraduate Research||University of Canterbury
Vice Chancellor's Office
|6/01/1994 - 22/01/2016||Lecturer to Professor of Psychology||University of Canterbury
|1/01/1992 - 31/12/1993||Lecturer||University of Wales, Cardiff
School of Psychology
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Chapter (7 outputs)
Beaven S, Wilson T, Johnston LC, Johnston D, Smith R, 'Learning from Earthquake Disasters', Encyclopaedia of Earthquake Engineering, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg (2015)
Johnston L, 'It's the Way You Walk: Kinematic Specification of Vulnerability to Attack', People Watching: Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception (2013)
Â© Oxford University Press 2013. All rights reserved. This chapter considers whether human gait conveys information to observers about one's vulnerability to attack. Specific... [more]
Â© Oxford University Press 2013. All rights reserved. This chapter considers whether human gait conveys information to observers about one's vulnerability to attack. Specifically, it describes a program of research in which the "kinematic fingerprint" of physical vulnerability is assessed. Observers of point-lightdefined body motions form impressions of physical vulnerability that achieve a high level of consensus. Additionally, the authors examine factors that contribute to these perceptions (e.g., manner of dress) and that can mitigate these perceptions (e.g., changing gait).
Johnston L, Miles L, Macrae CN, 'Male or female? An investigation of factors that modulate the visual perception of another's sex', Social Psychology of Visual Perception 103-122 (2010)
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Journal article (91 outputs)
Groves SJ, Pitcher TL, Melzer TR, Jordan J, Carter JD, Malhi GS, et al., 'Brain activation during processing of genuine facial emotion in depression: Preliminary findings', Journal of Affective Disorders, 225 91-96 (2018) [C1]
Â© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Objective The current study aimed to examine the neural correlates of processing genuine compared with posed emotional expressions, in depressed and healthy ... [more]
Â© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Objective The current study aimed to examine the neural correlates of processing genuine compared with posed emotional expressions, in depressed and healthy subjects using a novel functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) paradigm Method During fMRI scanning, sixteen depressed patients and ten healthy controls performed an Emotion Categorisation Task, whereby participants were asked to distinguish between genuine and non-genuine (posed or neutral) facial displays of happiness and sadness. Results Compared to controls, the depressed group showed greater activation whilst processing genuine versus posed facial displays of sadness, in the left medial orbitofrontal cortex, caudate and putamen. The depressed group also showed greater activation whilst processing genuine facial displays of sadness relative to neutral displays, in the bilateral medial frontal/orbitofrontal cortex, left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, right dorsal anterior cingulate, bilateral posterior cingulate, right superior parietal lobe, left lingual gyrus and cuneus. No differences were found between the two groups for happy facial displays. Limitations Relatively small sample sizes and due to the exploratory nature of the study, no correction was made for multiple comparisons. Conclusion The findings of this exploratory study suggest that depressed individuals may show a different pattern of brain activation in response to genuine versus posed facial displays of sadness, compared to healthy individuals. This may have important implications for future studies that wish to examine the neural correlates of facial emotion processing in depression.
Beaven S, Wilson T, Johnston L, Johnston D, Smith R, 'Role of Boundary Organization after a Disaster: New Zealand's Natural Hazards Research Platform and the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence', Natural Hazards Review, 18 (2017)
Â© 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers. The boundary organization concept has been used to establish that collaborative arrangements and outputs across science and policy dom... [more]
Â© 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers. The boundary organization concept has been used to establish that collaborative arrangements and outputs across science and policy domain boundaries need to be credible, relevant, and legitimate in order to be to be effective. Although widely accepted in other issue-driven fields, this concept does not have equivalent currency in the natural hazard and disaster risk reduction context. This paper uses the development of the New Zealand Natural Hazards Research Platform during a recent earthquake disaster to assess the utility of the concept in this topic area. Lessons are also identified concerning the use of larger consortium organizations to increase policy and other end-user involvement in the management and coordination of research funding, and the impact of a major disaster on this research-funding initiative. Mapping the Platform's collaborative arrangements in relation to boundary tensions over time makes it possible to distinguish disaster effects from preexisting and ongoing structural effects and incentive regimes. Largely based in the research domain, this organization was well placed to resist the negative pressure of postdisaster time compression on research quality. The lack of balancing policy input at all levels made it difficult to resist the effect of this pressure on the networking required to integrate disciplinary, organizational, and higher-level science/policy domains, and thus build the legitimacy of the larger collaboration. The utility of the boundary organization concept stemmed from the emphasis on balance across domains and scales. The focus on effects, trends, and patterns serves as a counterweight to the blame attribution common after high-profile disasters.
Collings D, Garrill A, Johnston L, 'Student application for special consideration for examination performance following a natural disaster', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 1-12 (2017)
Â© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Universities have a long-established tradition of granting students special consideration when circumstances be... [more]
Â© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Universities have a long-established tradition of granting students special consideration when circumstances beyond their control negatively affect performance in assessments. Typically, such situations affect only one student (e.g. medical emergencies) but we consider the impact of a natural disaster that led to all students being eligible for special consideration on a single assessment. Students did not have to get applications for special consideration endorsed by a qualified professional but were able to rate their own level of impairment. Our findings indicated that students were impaired in their performance and accordingly application for special consideration was warranted. Those few students who did not submit an application were disadvantaged relative to their peers. There was little relationship between the studentsÂ¿ self-reported levels of impairment and their performance, but those who considered themselves seriously impaired were disproportionately unlikely to complete the assessment. Those with poorer grades leading into the final assessment were no more likely to request special consideration. Although our observations were with an unusual example, our overall findings support the need for a special consideration policy, and indicate that students can treat such a policy appropriately and not exploit the opportunity to obtain unmerited advantage.
Johnston L, Schluter PJ, 'And the winner is Â¿ : inter-rater reliability among scholarship assessors', Studies in Higher Education, 42 1736-1749 (2017)
Â© 2015 Society for Research into Higher Education. With increasing competition for postgraduate research scholarships, awarding processes demand attention and scrutiny. We examin... [more]
Â© 2015 Society for Research into Higher Education. With increasing competition for postgraduate research scholarships, awarding processes demand attention and scrutiny. We examine inter-rater reliability for two prestigious New Zealand scholarships, the Shirtcliffe Fellowship and the Gordon Watson Scholarship. For each scholarship, five assessors (three academic; two non-academic) independently evaluate all applicants over three domains: Academic Merit, Quality of Study Plans and Character/Leadership. Data from years 2009 to 2014 were extracted, comprising 12 separate assessment rounds. Good to excellent agreement was observed for each scholarship in each year. Agreement was significantly higher for the Academic Merit domain compared to the other domains. Moreover, agreement among academics was higher and less variable than non-academics for this Academic Merit domain. No such differences were noted in the other domains. While resource efficiencies could be made, reductions in committee size resulted in poorer applicant selection performance. Applicants and donors alike can be confident that the awardee for these scholarships is a top applicant.
Rudge AD, Chase JG, Shaw GM, Lee D, Wake GC, Hudson IL, Johnston L, 'Impact of control on agitation-sedation dynamics', CONTROL ENGINEERING PRACTICE, 13 1139-1149 (2005) [C1]
Chase JG, Rudge AD, Shaw GM, Wake GC, Lee D, Hudson IL, Johnston L, 'Modeling and control of the agitation-sedation cycle for critical care patients', MEDICAL ENGINEERING & PHYSICS, 26 459-471 (2004) [C1]
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Conference (3 outputs)
Zakharov K, Mitrovic A, Johnston L, 'Towards emotionally-intelligent pedagogical agents', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2008)
Research shows that emotions play an important role in learning. Human tutors are capable of identifying and responding to the affective states of their students; therefore, for I... [more]
Research shows that emotions play an important role in learning. Human tutors are capable of identifying and responding to the affective states of their students; therefore, for ITSs to be truly affective, they should also be capable of tracking and appropriately responding to the emotional state of their users. We report on a project aimed at developing an affect-aware pedagogical agent persona for an ITS for teaching database design skills. We use the dimensional approach to affective modeling, and track the users' affective state along the valence dimension as identified from tracking the users' facial features. We describe the facial-feature tracking application we developed, as well as the set of rules that control the agent's behavior. The agent's response to the student's action depends on the student's cognitive state (as determined from the session history) as well as on the student's affective state. The experimental study of the agent shows the general preference towards the affective agent over the non-affective agent. Â© 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Zakharov K, Mitrovic A, Johnston L, 'Intelligent Tutoring Systems respecting human nature', Proceedings of NZCSRSC 2007, the 5th New Zealand Computer Science Research Student Conference (2007)
The current level of development in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) ensures successful cognitive support. However, a number of studies suggest that learning outcomes are signif... [more]
The current level of development in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) ensures successful cognitive support. However, a number of studies suggest that learning outcomes are significantly influenced by a complex interaction between cognitive and affective states of learners. Little research has been done to investigate the effectiveness of learning with the help of affect-aware ITSs. Recently used approaches to affect recognition rely on facial feature tracking and physiological signal processing, but there is no clear winner among them because of the complexity and ambiguity associated with the task and the low-level data interpretation. The goal of our project is to develop a robust way of affect recognition for creating affect-aware pedagogical agents with the view to improve learners' engagement, motivation and learning outcomes.
|2003||Rudge AD, Chase JG, Shaw GM, Johnston LC, Wake GC, 'Modelling And Control Of The Agitation-Sedation Cycle', Melbourne, Australia (2003)|
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Professor Lucy Johnston
Dean of Graduate Research
UON Graduate Research
Research and Innovation Division
|Phone||(02) 4985 4975|
Callaghan, NSW 2308