Nigel Chen - PhD Candidate

  Contact details

  Brain and Mind Research Institute
  100 Mallett Street
  Camperdown NSW 2050



Nigel received a Bachelor of Psychology Honours First Class in 2008 at the University of Sydney where he examined the role of oxytocin in augmenting patterns of attentional processing under conditions of psychosocial stress. He is currently completed his PhD, based at the Brain and Mind Research Institute University of Sydney, in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney and University of Western Australia. His thesis aims to develop a better understanding of the cognitive affective and perception based mechanisms which maintain and exacerbate social anxiety disorder, with a particular emphasis on eye gaze, selective attention and attentional control. Nigel's research interests include eye tracking technology and its applications to the study of mental illness, cognition and human-computer interaction.

Selected publications

Chen, N. T. M., Clarke, P. J. F., MacLeod, C., & Guastella, A. J. (2012). Biased attentional processing of positive stimuli in Social Anxiety Disorder: An eye movement study. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 41(2), 96-107. [Invited manuscript]

Clarke, P. J. F., Chen, N. T. M., & Guastella, A. J. (2012). Prepared for best: Readiness to modify attentional processing and reduction in anxiety vulnerability in response to therapy. Emotion, 12(3), 487-494.

Lowe, R., Guastella, A. J., Chen, N. T. M., Menzies, R. G., Packman, A., O’Brian, S., Onslow, M. (2012). Avoidance of eye gaze by adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 37(4), 263-274.

Alvares, G. A., Chen, N. T. M., Balleine, B. W., Hickie, I. B., & Guastella, A. J. (2012). Oxytocin selectively moderates negative cognitive appraisals in high trait anxious individuals. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(12), 2022-2031.