The NeuroFloristry lab studies the aesthetic relationship humans have with flowers. We aim to understand the biological basis for our long standing love of flowers as a visual medium of expression. By undertaking behavioural and neuro-imaging studies we are uncovering the unique connection between the human brain and the flower.

Based at Western Sydney University, the lab is headed by Dr Tamara Watson. You can find out more about the members and collaborators below.

Lab members:

Dr Tamara Watson

  • My research aims to understand dynamic processing of sensory stimuli. Focusing on the visual system I am interested in how and why an unchanging stimulus can look different to us depending on the context within which it is presented. I use both human psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques in my research. I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney, School of Psychology and subsequently moved to Rutgers University, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (New Jersey, USA) to complete a Human Frontiers Science Program Post Doctoral Fellowship. In 2009 I returned to the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney where I expanded my research focus to investigate perceptual changes that occur during psychosis. I joined the University of Western Sydney as a research lecturer in May 2010.

Dr Matthew Patten Western Sydney University

Matt is our computer vision expert. With a background in visual perception and neuroimaging, Matt is instrumental in pulling  all the strands of our research together.

Dr Damien Mannion UNSW Australia

Damien is our expert in neuroimaging. His primary research interest is perception—how we are able to gain information about the world through our senses. His lab uses behavioural (psychophysics) and neural recording (fMRI and EEG) measures to explore fundamental questions about how we perceive the world.

Associate Professor Branka Spehar, UNSW Australia

Branka’s research focuses on the neuroscience of aesthetics. She’s interested in the role of visual structure in the pleasure of seeing.


Dr Thomas Carlson, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

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