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Neil de Joux

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science



I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology, however previously to this I was a Research Fellow based out of the Human Factors Research Group in Engineering. I was awarded my B.Sc in Psychology in 2009, M.Sc in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2012, and my PhD in Applied Psychology in 2015, all from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. My PhD research explored the use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure blood oxygenation during tasks. The research is part of a wider research focus of mine which is the physiological measurement of psychological states.

Outside of work, I am heavily involved in Australian Rules Football (AFL). People confuse this game for rugby, but it is much better.

Research Summary

I currently have two main research interests in Psychology.

The first is the use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in various settings, both applied and more laboratory based. The aim of this research is to shed some light on an often-used, yet not fully understood method of functional brain imaging.

The second main interest of research is centred on local-global feature discrimination during sustained attention tasks, and how the basic perceptual requirements of the tasks that we do can influence our performance on those tasks over time.

Outside of these two main areas of research, I am interested in how various physical activities (rock climbing, running, weightlifting) can influence cognitive performance.

Recent Publications

  • KYLE WILSON, NEIL DE JOUX, KRISTIN FINKBEINER, PAUL RUSSELL, JENNY RETZLER and WILLIAM HELTON, 2018. Prolonging the response movement inhibits the feed-forward motor program in the Sustained Attention to Response Task Acta Psychologica. (In Press.)
  • DE JOUX, N., KEFALIDOU, G., D'CRUZ, M., SHARPLES, S., MISICHRONI, F., KARASEITANIDIS, I. and FRANGAKIS, N., 2017. Identifying requirements for mapping physiological measurements to distress In: In: Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2017, 25-27 April, Staverton, Daventry, UK. 249-156
  • KEFALIDOU, G., DE JOUX, N., D'CRUZ, M., SHARPLES, S., KARASEITANIDIS, I., FRANGAKIS, N. and MISICHRONI, F., 2017. Opportunities and Challenges for Mobile Technologies and Intelligent Mobility: When the border between data collection and ‘living’ data is merging In: 49th Annual University Transport Study Group (UTSG) Conference, Dublin.
  • DE JOUX, NEIL R., WILSON, KYLE M., RUSSELL, PAUL N., FINKBEINER, KRISTIN M. and HELTON, WILLIAM S., 2017. A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study of the effects of configural properties on sustained attention: Neuropsychologia Neuropsychologia. 94, 106-117

Past Research

During my time in the HFRG, I was involved with the PASSME project, an EU-funded project that aimed to reduce passenger time in airports and improve passenger experience.

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