Dr Evan Livesey

A19 - Griffith Taylor Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Qualifications

  • PhD (Experimental Psychology), University of Cambridge, 2006.
  • BSc (Hons) (Psychology), University of Sydney, 2002.

Research interests

My research focuses on the mechanisms responsible for learning and attention. Within this broad area, I have specific interests in associative learning mechanisms in humans and other animals, the relationship between learning and visual attention in humans, and how learning is influenced by conscious knowledge, reasoning, and executive control.

Key areas of interest:

Associative Learning Mechanisms

  • How are stimuli represented during associative learning? (e.g. elemental vs configural processing)
  • What role do associative processes play in discrimination and generalisation?

Learning and Attention

  • How do discrimination learning and Pavlovian conditioning affect attention?
  • How does learning affect attentional processing of visual stimuli?

Learning and Reasoning

  • How does instance-based learning interact with rule abstraction?
  • Does learning require awareness?
  • How does performance of a learned response relate to conscious expectancy?

Temporal dynamics of visual attention

  • How do we attend to or ignore rapidly presented information?
  • To what extent do we process distracting information that we are trying to suppress?

Selected grants

2015

  • Solving the inert knowledge problem.; Goldwater M, Jacobson M, Livesey E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Learning whether and learning when: Rate and timing in human associative learning; Harris J, Livesey E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • Unpacking the effects of stimulus exposure in human learning; Livesey E, Mitchell C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Learning to Attend to Signals of Reward and Loss; Livesey E; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2008

  • Attentional processes in Human Performance Learning; Livesey E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Livesey, E., McLaren, I. (2011). An elemental model of associative learning and memory. In E.M. Pothos and A. J. Wills (Eds.), Formal Approaches in Categorization, (pp. 153-172). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Livesey, E., Costa, D. (2014). Automaticity and conscious control in single and choice response time versions of the Perruchet effect. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(4), 646-664. [More Information]
  • Natal, S., McLaren, I., Livesey, E. (2013). Generalization of feature-and rule-based learning in the categorization of dimensional stimuli: Evidence for dual processes under cognitive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39(2), 140-151. [More Information]
  • Thorwart, A., Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2012). Normalisation between stimulus elements in a model of Pavlovian conditioning: Showjumping on an elemental horse. Learning and Behavior (Print Edition), 40, 334-346. [More Information]
  • Lee, J., Livesey, E. (2012). Second-Order Conditioning and Conditioned Inhibition: Influences of Speed versus Accuracy on Human Causal Learning. PloS One, 7(11), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Kwok, D., Livesey, E., Boakes, R. (2012). Serial overshadowing of taste aversion learning by stimuli preceding the target taste. Learning and Behavior (Print Edition), 40, 427-438. [More Information]
  • Harris, J., Andrew, B., Livesey, E. (2012). The content of compound conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 38(2), 157-166. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2011). Can expectancies produce placebo effects for implicit learning? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18(3), 399-405. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Thorwart, A., De Fina, N., Harris, J. (2011). Comparing learned predictiveness effects within and across compound discriminations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37(4), 446-465. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Thorwart, A., Harris, J. (2011). Comparing positive and negative patterning in human learning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(12), 2316-2333. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Harris, I. (2011). Target sparing effects in the attentional blink depend on type of stimulus. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73(7), 2104-2123. [More Information]
  • Harris, J., Livesey, E. (2010). An attention-modulated associative network. Learning and Behavior (Print Edition), 38(1), 1-26.
  • Barrett, L., Livesey, E. (2010). Dissociations Between Expectancy and Performance in Simple and Two-Choice Reaction-Time Tasks: A Test of Associative and Nonassociative Explanations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36(4), 864-877.
  • Pasalich, D., Livesey, D., Livesey, E. (2010). Performance of Stroop-like assessments of inhibitory control by 4- and 5-year-old children. Infant and Child Development, 19, 252-263. [More Information]
  • Mayberry, C., Livesey, E., Dux, P. (2010). Rapid Learning of Rapid Temporal Contexts. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17(3), 417-420. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Harris, I., Harris, J. (2009). Attentional changes during implicit learning: Signal validity protects a target stimulus from the attentional blink. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35(2), 408-422.
  • Livesey, E., McLaren, I. (2009). Discrimination and Generalization Along a Simple Dimension: Peak Shift and Rule-Governed Responding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35(4), 554-565.
  • Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2009). Is there room for simple links in a propositional mind? (Commentary on Mitchell et al.). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(2), 212-213.
  • Harris, J., Livesey, E. (2008). Comparing Patterning and biconditional Discriminations in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 34(1), 144-154.
  • Harris, J., Livesey, E., Gharaei, S., Westbrook, R. (2008). Negative Patterning Is Easier Than a Biconditional Discrimination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 34(4), 494-500.
  • Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2008). What are flexible representations? Commentary on Melchers, Shanks and Lachnit. Behavioural Processes, 77(3), 437-439. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, C., Livesey, E., Lovibond, P. (2007). A dissociation between causal judgement and the ease with which a cause is categorized with its effect. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60(3), 400-417. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., McLaren, I. (2007). Elemental associability changes in human discrimination learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 33(2), 148-159. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Boakes, R. (2004). Outcome Additivity, Elemental Processing And Blocking In Human Causality Judgements. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57(4), 361-379.

Conferences

  • Shone, L., Livesey, E. (2013). Automatic and instructed attention in learned predictiveness. 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI 2013), Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Lee, J., Livesey, E. (2013). Effects of explicit abstract knowledge and simple associations in sequence learning. 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI 2013), Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Livesey, E., Lee, J., Shone, L. (2013). The relationship between blocking and inference in causal learning. 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI 2013), Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Livesey, E., Barrett, L. (2010). Dissociating the effects of automatic facilitation and event expectancy on the control of attention and performance. ASCS09: 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.
  • Livesey, E., Mansi, C., McLaren, I. (2006). Dual Processes Mediate Discrimination and Generalization in Humans. CogSci/ICCS 2006: 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in cooperation with the 5th International Conference of the Cognitive Science, United States: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Livesey, E., Broadhurst, P., McLaren, I. (2005). Discrimination and generalization in pattern categorization: A case for elemental associative learning. CogSci 2005: 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, USA: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Livesey, E., Pearson, L., McLaren, I. (2005). Spatial variability and peak shift: A challenge for elemental associative learning? CogSci 2005: 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, USA: Cognitive Science Society.

2014

  • Livesey, E., Costa, D. (2014). Automaticity and conscious control in single and choice response time versions of the Perruchet effect. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(4), 646-664. [More Information]

2013

  • Shone, L., Livesey, E. (2013). Automatic and instructed attention in learned predictiveness. 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI 2013), Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Lee, J., Livesey, E. (2013). Effects of explicit abstract knowledge and simple associations in sequence learning. 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI 2013), Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Natal, S., McLaren, I., Livesey, E. (2013). Generalization of feature-and rule-based learning in the categorization of dimensional stimuli: Evidence for dual processes under cognitive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39(2), 140-151. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Lee, J., Shone, L. (2013). The relationship between blocking and inference in causal learning. 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI 2013), Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.

2012

  • Thorwart, A., Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2012). Normalisation between stimulus elements in a model of Pavlovian conditioning: Showjumping on an elemental horse. Learning and Behavior (Print Edition), 40, 334-346. [More Information]
  • Lee, J., Livesey, E. (2012). Second-Order Conditioning and Conditioned Inhibition: Influences of Speed versus Accuracy on Human Causal Learning. PloS One, 7(11), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Kwok, D., Livesey, E., Boakes, R. (2012). Serial overshadowing of taste aversion learning by stimuli preceding the target taste. Learning and Behavior (Print Edition), 40, 427-438. [More Information]
  • Harris, J., Andrew, B., Livesey, E. (2012). The content of compound conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 38(2), 157-166. [More Information]

2011

  • Livesey, E., McLaren, I. (2011). An elemental model of associative learning and memory. In E.M. Pothos and A. J. Wills (Eds.), Formal Approaches in Categorization, (pp. 153-172). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Colagiuri, B., Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2011). Can expectancies produce placebo effects for implicit learning? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18(3), 399-405. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Thorwart, A., De Fina, N., Harris, J. (2011). Comparing learned predictiveness effects within and across compound discriminations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37(4), 446-465. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Thorwart, A., Harris, J. (2011). Comparing positive and negative patterning in human learning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(12), 2316-2333. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Harris, I. (2011). Target sparing effects in the attentional blink depend on type of stimulus. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73(7), 2104-2123. [More Information]

2010

  • Harris, J., Livesey, E. (2010). An attention-modulated associative network. Learning and Behavior (Print Edition), 38(1), 1-26.
  • Livesey, E., Barrett, L. (2010). Dissociating the effects of automatic facilitation and event expectancy on the control of attention and performance. ASCS09: 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.
  • Barrett, L., Livesey, E. (2010). Dissociations Between Expectancy and Performance in Simple and Two-Choice Reaction-Time Tasks: A Test of Associative and Nonassociative Explanations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36(4), 864-877.
  • Pasalich, D., Livesey, D., Livesey, E. (2010). Performance of Stroop-like assessments of inhibitory control by 4- and 5-year-old children. Infant and Child Development, 19, 252-263. [More Information]
  • Mayberry, C., Livesey, E., Dux, P. (2010). Rapid Learning of Rapid Temporal Contexts. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17(3), 417-420. [More Information]

2009

  • Livesey, E., Harris, I., Harris, J. (2009). Attentional changes during implicit learning: Signal validity protects a target stimulus from the attentional blink. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35(2), 408-422.
  • Livesey, E., McLaren, I. (2009). Discrimination and Generalization Along a Simple Dimension: Peak Shift and Rule-Governed Responding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35(4), 554-565.
  • Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2009). Is there room for simple links in a propositional mind? (Commentary on Mitchell et al.). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(2), 212-213.

2008

  • Harris, J., Livesey, E. (2008). Comparing Patterning and biconditional Discriminations in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 34(1), 144-154.
  • Harris, J., Livesey, E., Gharaei, S., Westbrook, R. (2008). Negative Patterning Is Easier Than a Biconditional Discrimination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 34(4), 494-500.
  • Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2008). What are flexible representations? Commentary on Melchers, Shanks and Lachnit. Behavioural Processes, 77(3), 437-439. [More Information]

2007

  • Mitchell, C., Livesey, E., Lovibond, P. (2007). A dissociation between causal judgement and the ease with which a cause is categorized with its effect. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60(3), 400-417. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., McLaren, I. (2007). Elemental associability changes in human discrimination learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 33(2), 148-159. [More Information]

2006

  • Livesey, E., Mansi, C., McLaren, I. (2006). Dual Processes Mediate Discrimination and Generalization in Humans. CogSci/ICCS 2006: 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in cooperation with the 5th International Conference of the Cognitive Science, United States: Cognitive Science Society.

2005

  • Livesey, E., Broadhurst, P., McLaren, I. (2005). Discrimination and generalization in pattern categorization: A case for elemental associative learning. CogSci 2005: 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, USA: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Livesey, E., Pearson, L., McLaren, I. (2005). Spatial variability and peak shift: A challenge for elemental associative learning? CogSci 2005: 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, USA: Cognitive Science Society.

2004

  • Livesey, E., Boakes, R. (2004). Outcome Additivity, Elemental Processing And Blocking In Human Causality Judgements. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57(4), 361-379.

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