Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Hwy
Crawley WA 6009
Phone: +61 (0)8 6488 3249
Email: mark.hurlstone@uwa.edu.au

Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Leicester before completing a Master's degree in Reading, Language, and Cognition followed by a PhD on short-term memory (supervisors: Graham Hitch and Alan Baddeley), both at the University of York. After a brief post-doctoral stint at Cardiff University working on auditory distraction (with Rob Hughes and Dylan Jones), I moved to the University of Western Australia, where I am currently an Assistant Professor.

Research interests

Auditory distraction: testing a duplex mechanism account of auditory distraction and attentional selectivity in which some forms of distraction are resistible and others are ineluctable.

Behavioural economics: applying insights from laboratory experiments and psychology to economics, particularly the economics of climate change and other ecosystem issues.

Cognitive modelling: computational and mathematical modelling of cognitive processes; model evaluation and selection issues; models of choice behaviour and response time.

Human memory: short-term and long-term memory; serial recall memory; free recall memory; sequence learning; relationship between time and memory.

Psychology and climate change: using principles of cognitive and social psychology to facilitate the communication of climate science.