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Dr Mark Schier

Associate Professor in Health


Mark is an adjunct academic staff member with scholarly interests in Sensory Neurosciences, Vision, Attention, and Driving Performance/Simulation. 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

Detection of human thresholds to light perception: In the dark and light adapted huan eye, there are different levels of minimum intensity that is required for perception. The aim of this project is to systematically measure these under varying conditions of illumination and type of light source

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 Processes, Perception And Performance - 520406
  • Sensory Systems - 320907
  • Educational Technology And Computing - 390405

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

  • 2019: Flash threshold detection at low light levels during dark adaption *; Photometric Solutions International

* Chief Investigator