Researcher

Dr Poppy Watson

Biography

The research interests of Dr Poppy Watson lie at the intersection of motivation, attention and choice behaviour. The mechanisms that underlie reward-seeking behaviour are investigated in both healthy individuals and patient populations and this research aims to understand how and why maladaptive and compulsive reward seeking behaviour arises (i.e. as seen in addiction and obesity).

Key Words: associative learning, reward, attention, control,...view more

The research interests of Dr Poppy Watson lie at the intersection of motivation, attention and choice behaviour. The mechanisms that underlie reward-seeking behaviour are investigated in both healthy individuals and patient populations and this research aims to understand how and why maladaptive and compulsive reward seeking behaviour arises (i.e. as seen in addiction and obesity).

Key Words: associative learning, reward, attention, control, addiction, habits, goal-directed, Pavlovian-instrumental transfer,EEG, eye tracking, fMRI, DTI

Originally from New Zealand, Poppy Watson completed her Masters (2011) and PhD (2016) at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, under the supervision of Dr Sanne de Wit, Prof. Reinout Wiers, and Prof. Bernhard Hommel. There, she investigated reward-seeking behaviours and how these could be triggered by cues in the environment . Working at UNSW since 2017, Poppy's work brings together the labs of Mike Le Pelley and Steve Most in order to investigate the capture of attention by reward-related stimuli, as well as possible strategies that might minimize such distraction.

 

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Location

School of Psychology, Mathews Level 10, 1020

Contact

02-93853828

Publications

by Dr Poppy Watson