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Dr Jason Bell

BA UWA, PhD UWA.

Jason Bell

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +61 8 6488 3231
email : jason.bell@uwa.edu.au

External Address

School of Psychological Science
The University of Western Australia

Profile

i) Psychophysical research
My psychophysical research considers how the human visual system processes shapes and objects for recognition. Recognition is accomplished through the coordinated activation of distinct brain regions. My recent published work and my current research is advancing our understanding of how visual perception is achieved.
More recently, I have also become interested in hemispheric specialization. Current students are examining how attributes such as symmetry are processed differently by the left and right hemispheres.

ii) Clinical research
I am interested in studying abnormalities of perception within particular groups. Together with Associate Professors Elizabeth Rieger (ANU) and Sue Byrne (UWA) I am undertaking research to understand the attentional biases associated with eating disorders.

iii) Sensory neuroscience
Understanding functional specialization in the brain is a fundamental goal of Neuroscience and Psychology. My lab currently offers opportunities to study the effects of non-invasive cortical stimulation on perception, and behaviour. Current research projects and collaborations are utilising neuroscience techniques such as: transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS; transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS to make significant advances in our understanding of perception and behaviour.

Recent External Appointments

  • Chair, External Relations Committee, School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia. (2014 continuing)
  • External Research Associate, School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia. (2009 - 2013)

Awards

  • National Award for Excellence (2009), Bell, J. Australian Psychological Society (APS).
  • Best student presentation (2007), Bell, J. Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Australian National University (ANU).
  • Best oral presentation (joint winner) (2006), Bell, J. University of Western Australia (UWA) School of Psychology Conference.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC Linkage Project [LP130100181] (2013 - 2016) "Attention and hazard perception while driving: How experts see the scene". Pammer, K., Bell, J., Beanland, V., Symmons, M., Cooke, L., Smith, K., & Brook, C. ($151,066)
  • ARC Discovery Project and Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship (APD) Award [DP110101511] (2011 - 2014) “Decoding the process of holistic shape encoding in the human visual system.” Bell, J. ($254,138)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Dondzilo, L., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (2017). The mediating role of rumination in the relation between attentional bias towards thin female bodies and eating disorder symptomatology. PLoS ONE, 12(5), e0177870. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0177870
  • Dondzilo, L., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (2016). Association between rumination factors and eating disorder behaviours in young women. Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice, 4(1), 84-98. doi:10.1080/21662630.2015.1118642
  • Apthorp, D., & Bell, J. (2015). Symmetry is less than meets the eye. Current Biology, 25(7), R267-R268. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.017
  • Bell, J., Manson, A., Edwards, M., & Meso, A.I. (2015). Numerosity and density judgments: Biases for area but not for volume. Journal of Vision, 15(2), 1-14.
  • Carters, M.A., Rieger, E., & Bell, J. (2015). Reduced inhibition of return to food images in obese individuals. PLoS One, 10(9), e0137821. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137821
  • Goodhew, S., Edwards, M., Boal, H., & Bell, J. (2015). Two objects or one? Similarity rather than complexity determines objecthood when resolving dynamic input. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41(1), 102-110. doi:10.1037/xhp0000022
  • Kingdom, F.A.A., Bell, J., Haddad, C., & Bartsch, A. (2015). Perceptual scales for chromatic and luminance blur in noise textures. Journal of Vision, 15(9), 6-6. doi:10.1167/15.9.6
  • Pammer, K., Korrel, H., & Bell, J. (2015). Visual distraction increases the detection of an unexpected object in inattentional blindness. Visual Cognition, 22(9-10), 1173-1183. doi:10.1080/13506285.2014.987859
  • Rhodes, G., Pond, S., Burton, N., Kloth, N., Jeffery, L., Bell, J., Ewing, L., Calder, A.J., & Palermo, R. (2015). How distinct is the coding of face identity and expression? Evidence for some common dimensions in face space. Cognition, 142, 123-137. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.012
  • Bell, J., Forsyth, M., Badcock, D.R., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2014). Global shape processing involves feature-selective and feature-agnostic coding mechanisms. Journal of Vision, 14(11), 12. doi:10.1167/14.11.12
  • Bell, J., Sampasivam, S., McGovern, D., Meso, A.I., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2014). Contour inflections are adaptable features. Journal of Vision, 14(7), 2. doi:10.1167/14.7.2
  • Kingdom, F.A.A., Kardous, N., Curran, L., Gheorghiu, E., & Bell, J. (2014). Saliency interactions between the 'L-M' and 'S' cardinal colour directions. Vision Research, 95, 36-42. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2013.12.004
  • White, C., Edwards, M., Brown, J., & Bell, J. (2014). The impact of recreational MDMA “Ecstasy” use on global form processing. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 28(11), 1018-1029. doi:10.1177/0269881114546709
  • Bell, J., Dickinson, E., Badcock, D.R., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2013). Measuring sensitivity to viewpoint change with and without stereoscopic cues. Journal of Visualised Experiments, 82, e50877. doi:10.3791/50877
  • Bell, J., Kanji, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2013). Discrimination of rotated-in-depth curves is facilitated by stereoscopic cues, but curvature is not tuned for stereoscopic rotation-in-depth. Vision Research, 77(1), 14-20.
  • Dickinson, J.E., Bell, J., & Badcock, D.R. (2013). Near their thresholds for detection, shapes are discriminated by the angular separation of their corners. PLoS ONE, 8, e66015. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066015
  • Gheorghiu, E., Bell, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2013). Line orientation adaptation: Local or global? PLoS ONE, 8, e73307. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073307
  • Dickinson, J.E., Mighall, H.K., Almeida, R.A., Bell, J., & Badcock, D.R. (2012). Rapidly acquired shape and face aftereffects are retinotopic and local in origin. Vision Research, 65(1), 1-11.
  • Bell, J., Gheorghiu, E., Hess, R.F., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2011). Global shape processing involves a hierarchy of integration stages. Vision Research, 51(15), 1760-1766.
  • Gheorghiu, E., Kingdom, F.A.A., Bell, J., & Gurnsey, R. (2011). Why do shape aftereffects increase with eccentricity? Journal of Vision, 11(14), 18.
  • Bell, J., Hancock, S., Kingdom, F.A.A., & Peirce, J.W. (2010). Global shape processing: Which parts form the whole? Journal of Vision, 10(6), 16.
  • Dickinson, J.E., Almeida, R.A., Bell, J., & Badcock, D.R. (2010). Global shape aftereffects have a local substrate: A tilt aftereffect field. Journal of Vision, 10(13), 1-5.
  • Kingdom, F.A.A., Bell, J., Gheorghiu, E., & Malkoc, G. (2010). Chromatic variations suppress suprathreshold brightness variations. Journal of Vision, 10(10), 13.

Published Abstracts

  • Bell, J., Wentworth-Perry, A., Meso, A.W., & Thompson , B. (2013). Hemispheric specialisation for symmetry processing is complexity dependant [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 13(9), 74.
  • Gheorghiu, E., Bell, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A (2013). Why is the tilt after-effect selective to local but not global luminance-contrast polarity? [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 13(9), 712.
  • Bell, J., Forsyth, M., Badcock, D., & Kingdom, F. (2012). Global shape processing involves feature selective and feature agnostic shape mechanisms [Abstract]. Perception, 41, 43.
  • Ouhnana, M., Bell, J., Solomon, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2011). After-effect of perceived regularity [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 11(11), 1084.
  • Bell, J., Sampasivam, S., McGovern, D., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2010). More than a simple curve: Evidence for mechanisms which are selective for curves containing inflections [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 1163.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Badcock, D.R., Dickinson, J.E., Almeida, R.A., Bell, J., Cribb, S.J., Panton, K.R., & Green, R. (2017, April). Processing of shape really can be global! Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Bell, J., Bell, K., & Meso, A.I. (2017, April). Number estimation requires distinct groups not separate surfaces. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Alexi, J., Palermo, R., Kloth, N., Byrne, S., Cleary, D., Dommisse, K., & Bell, J. (2016, July). Misperceiving size: Serial dependence in female body perception. Poster session presented at the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2016), Fremantle.
  • Dondzilo, L., Wong, P., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (2016, July). The effect of rumination on attentional bias to body imagery. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2016), Fremantle.
  • Dondzilo, L., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (2016, May). The association between attentional bias towards female body shapes and eating disorder symptoms in young women. Poster session presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), San Francisco, USA.
  • Bell, J., & Apthorp, D. (2015, November). Symmetry is less than meets the eye. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Dondzilo, L., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (2015, April). The effect of eating disorder-related rumination on approach and avoidance of female body shapes. Poster session presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Palermo, R. Pond, S., Burton, N., Kloth, N., Jeffery, L., Bell, J., Ewing, L., Calder, A.J., & Rhodes, G. (2015, April). How distinct is the coding of face identity and expression? Evidence for some common dimensions in face space. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Apthorp, D., & Bell, J. (2014, May). Symmetry: Less than meets the eye. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Edwards, M., Ransley, K., Bell, J., & Goodhew, S. (2014, May). Perception at isoluminance: Role of spatial resolution and background colour. Poster session presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Gheorghiu, E., Bell, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A (2014, May). Visual adaptation to symmetry. Poster session presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Schmidtmann, G., Jennings, B., Bell, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A (2014, May). Spatial integration of orientation defined features. Poster session presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Bell, J., & Corke, M. (2014, April). The temporal envelope of global shape processing. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Bell, J., Wentworth-Perry, A., Meso, A.W., & Thompson , B. (2013, May). Hemispheric specialization for symmetry processing is complexity dependant. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Gheorghiu, E., Bell, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A (2013, May). Why is the tilt after-effect selective to local but not global luminance-contrast polarity? Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, USA.
  • Bell, J., Wentworth-Perry, A., Meso, A.W., & Thompson , B. (2013, April). Hemispheric specialization for symmetry processing is complexity dependant. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Bell, J. (2013, January). Hemispheric specialization for symmetry processing is complexity dependant. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychology, The University of Western Australia, Perth.
  • Bell, J. (2012, September). Cues to global shape coding. Invited colloquium at the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium.
  • Bell, J., Forsyth, M., Badcock, D.R., & Kingdom, F.A.A (2012, September). Global shape processing involves feature selective and feature agnostic shape mechanisms. Paper presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception, Alghero, Italy.
  • Ouhnana, M., Bell, J., Solomon, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A (2012, May). The regularity after-effect: First or second order? Poster session presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, USA.
  • Bell, J., Kingdom, F.A.A., Forsyth, M., & Badcock, D.R. (2012, April). Global shape coding involves feature agnostic and feature specific coding mechanisms. Poster session presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Ouhnana, M., Bell, J., Morgan, M., Solomon, J., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2011, May). After-effect of perceived regularity. Poster session presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, USA.
  • Badcock, D.R., Dickinson, E., Bell, J., & Renita, A. (2011, April). Rapid retino-topic adaptation to shapes and faces is consistent with the application of a tilt aftereffect field. Paper presented at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Bell, J., Sampasivam, S., McGovern, D., & Kingdom, F.A.A. (2010, May). More than a simple curve: Evidence for mechanisms which are selective for curves containing inflections. Poster session presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, USA.
  • Bell, J. (2009, December). Which parts are used to represent global shapes and what does this tell us about the underlying mechanisms. Colloquium at the Psychology department, University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth.
  • Bell, J. (2008, November). An analysis of global shape processing using radial frequency contours. Colloquium at the Nottingham Visual Neuroscience, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
  • Bell, J. (2008, October). An analysis of global shape processing using radial frequency contours. Colloquium at the Centre for Vision Research (CVR), York University, Toronto, Canada.

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