Professor Branka   Spehar

Professor Branka Spehar

  • PhD in Experimental Psychology, Rutgers University, NJ, 1994
  • MA in Experimental Psychology, Rutgers University, NJ, 1992
  • MSc in Psychology, University of Zagreb, 1989
  • BSc in Psychology, University of Zagreb, 1986
School of Psychology

I completed my undergraduate degree and M.Sc. in Psychology at Zagreb University, Croatia and went on to obtain my PhD in Experimental Psychology at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. I carried out post-doctoral research at the SUNY School of Optometry in New York before accepting a faculty appointment at UNSW.  My research interests include lightness and color perception, perceptual organisation, attentional capture and, most recently, the perceptual foundations of aesthetic experience. I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying these processes, how are they affected by varying spatial and temporal context, how they develop in infants and children and how are they are tuned to the statistics and characteristics of natural images.

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  • ARC Discovery Grant 2017-2020 From sensation to aesthetic appreciation (Spehar, B & Taylor, R)
  • ARC Discovery Grant 2017-2020 Natural form, aesthetics and the human brain (Watson, T, Spehar, B & Mannion, D)