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Dr Mark Schier

Senior Lecturer in Physiology


Mark is an academic staff member with scholarly interests in Sensory Neurosciences, Vision, Attention, and Driving Performance/Simulation. At work, he divides his time between teaching, researching and administrative responsibilities. Away from work, he spends time with his family, gardening, keeping fit, and an MGB.

Research interests

cognitive neuroscience; sensory systems; perception; visual sensory science; EEG systems; psychophysiology; faces; eye movements

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Examination of body position and tendency to fall asleep: There are some positions that it is known are more conducive to falling asleep (lying down horizontal is the most obvious one). A systematic examination of the sleepiness and body position (lying, sitting, standing) is the aim of this project. Currently there is little experimental literature in this study area. 

Eye movements and detection of attention related changes: Eye movements can be divided into two distinct types: saccades – where gaze jumps from one location to another, and smooth pursuit – where tracking of an object occurs. The scope of the project is to  examine the interaction between the two types of eye movements and how these are affected by external attentional changes.    

Facial recognition: effects of image size, separation ad position: Facial recognition is a widely used technique in our current community. Largely used for processing of identity documents at border control, immigration and extending more into everyday life. This project aims to investigate matching photographs or on-screen images with other similar images. The variables to be explored are the effect of images size/s, separation and location on screen.    

Fields of Research

  • Sensory Systems - 110906
  • Educational Technology And Computing - 130306
  • Biomechanics - 110601

Teaching areas

Biomedical science;Neuroscience;perception;sensory systems

Further information



Also published as: Schier, Mark; Schier, M.; Schier, Mark A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2009: Real-time feature extraction method from Auditory Brainstem Response *; Australian Acoustical Society Education Grant

* Chief Investigator