In the Motivated Attention & Perception Lab, directed by
Dr. Steve Most, our research probes relationships between motivation, emotion, and attentional control, as well as how each of these factors influences basic cognitive processes such as perception and memory. We investigate how goal-related priorities and emotional responses to the environment help to determine what we see and remember, as well as the consequences of such interactions for psychological and physical health.

If you are a student interested in working in our lab, please contact us about possible openings. Students and research staff from our lab have gone on to graduate school, postdoctoral positions, internships, and research positions at institutions such as Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, and Vanderbilt Universities, among others.

To learn more about what we do and about the people in our lab, please take some time to explore this website.
School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
+61 (02) 9385 3827 (office), +61 (02) 9385 3641 (fax), s.most @ unsw.edu.au

Recent News

June 2014
New paper!
Check out our new ERP paper on the neural correlates of emotion-induced blindness in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, led by PhD student Briana Kennedy

June 2014
New book chapter
This new book chapter, "The regulation of vision: How motivation and emotion shape what we see", gives a general overview of some research themes in our lab.

New research grant!
In collaboration with colleagues at the UNSW School of Aviation, we are awarded a "UNSW Major Research & Equipment" grant to install data acquisition equipment in training aircraft, thereby allowing the tracking of attentional performance as novice pilots gain expertise

New lab Google+ page!
Check this out: We're excited to have set up a lab Google+ page to learn from and engage with others in the G+ community, with whom we hope to share our passions for psychology, science, academia, and the mysteries of cognition and emotion. Find us at "MAPlab @ UNSW" on the Google+ platform and join our discussion!

January 2013
Congratulations, Dr. Wang!
Lingling becomes the MAPlab's first minted Ph.D. for her dissertation on spatially localized patterns of emotion's impact on perception. We wish her the best as she heads off into the sunset, which in this case is a prestigious postdoc position at Duke University with Drs. Greg Appelbaum and Steve Mitroff

January 2013
Editorship at Emotion
Steve begins an appointment as Associate Editor at the APA journal Emotion

November 2012
Briana Kennedy wins best presentation award
Briana's presentation on her work applying ERP to emotion-induced blindness wins best-in-show from among ~60 high-caliber presentations at the Sydney Postgraduate Psychology Conference