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Associate Professor Ada Kritikos
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Associate Professor Ada Kritikos
Ada joined the School in 2007 having previously held research positions at the University of Wales and Melbourne University, and an academic position at Victoria University (Melbourne). Her research area is perception and action, specifically the way people modify their motor behaviour to the meaningful social and physical environment. She conducts work on action observation, body representation, and embodied cognition.
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MC-404
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Phone:
+61 7 3365 6408
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
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School of Psychology
University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072


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Associate Professor Ada Kritikos
Qualifications:

B.SC. (Psychol) UNSW
MA/ PhD (Clin Neuropsychology) Melbourne
Post-doctoral research
University of Wales, Bangor (U.K.)
Melbourne University

Background:

My research area is Perception and Action, specifically the way we modify our motor behaviour to the social and physical environment.  I also conduct work on Visuo-tactile integration in action comprehension and execution, and on the impact of biological motion observation on the actions of the observer.

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Associate Professor Ada Kritikos
Research Activities:

Action observation and execution; interference from irrelevant information on goal-directed actions; the impact of biological motion observation on the actions of the observer; adaptation of motor behaviour to the social and physical environment.

 

 

 

Representative Publications:
  • Colman, H., Remington, R., & Kritikos, A. (in press). Handedness and graspability modify shifts of visuospatial attention to near-hand objects. PLoSOne.

  • Dempsey-Jones, H. & Kritikos, A. (in press). Enhanced integration of multisensory body information by proximity to 'habitual action space'.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

  • Sparks, S., Sidari, S., Lyons, M. & Kritikos, A. (2016). Pictures of you: Dot stimuli cause motor contagion in presence of a still human form. Consciousness and Cognition. 45, 135-145
  • Colman, H., Remington, R., & Kritikos, A. (in press). Grasping remaps the distribution of visuospatial attention and enhances competing action activation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  
  • Sparks, S., Cunningham, S., and Kritikos, A. (2016). Culture Modulates Implicit Ownership-Induced Self-Bias in Memory. Cognition, 153, 89-98. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2016.05.003
  • Sparks, S., Douglas, T., and Kritikos, A. (2016). Verbal social primes alter motor contagion during action observation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI:10.1080/17470218.2015.1113304
  • Sparks, S., Moodie, R., and Kritikos, A. (2015). Top-down control and directed attention in self-reference effects: goal-directed movements and the SAN. Cognitive Neuroscience 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/17588928.2015.1075488 · 
  • Constable, Merryn D., Kritikos, Ada, Lipp, Ottmar V. and Bayliss, Andrew P. (2014) Object ownership and action: the influence of social context and choice on the physical manipulation of personal property. Experimental Brain Research,232 12: 3749-3761. doi:10.1007/s00221-014-4063-1
  • Dempsey-Jones, H. & Kritikos, A. (2014) Higher-order cognitive factors affect subjective but not proprioceptive aspects of self-representation in the rubber hand illusion. Consciousness and Cognition, 26, 74-89. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2014.02.005
  • Painter, D.R.,  Kritikos, A. & Raymond, J.E. (2013). Value modulates goal-directed actions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.848913
  • Constable, M., Bayliss, A., Tipper, S., & Kritikos, A. (2013). Self-generated cognitive fluency as an alternative route to preference formation. Consciousness and Cognition. 22, 47-52.
  • Bayliss, A.P., Murphy, E., Naughtin, C.K., Kritikos, A., Schilbach, L., & Becker, S. (2013). 'Gaze leading': Initiating simulated joint attention influences eye movements and choice behaviour. Journal of Experimental Psychology : General. 142(1), 76-92.
  • Bayliss, A.P., Naughtin, C.K., Lipp, O., Kritikos, A., & Dux, P. (2012). making a lasting impression: the neural consequences of re-encountering people who emote inappropriately. Psychophysiology, 49, 1571-1578.
  • Ocampo, B. and Kritikos, A. (2012). Event-coding and motor priming: How attentional modulation may influence binding across action properties. Experimental Brain Research, 219, 139-150.
  • Kritikos, A., McTaggart, L., Painter, D. and Bayliss, A.P. (2012) Something in the way she moves me: morphology and motion of observed goal-directed and pantomimed actions. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 74, 36-42.
  • Kritikos, A., Dozo, N., Painter, D. and Bayliss, A.P. (2012). Mountain high, valley low: Direction-specific effects of articulation on reaching. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(1), 39-54.
  • Ocampo, B. and Kritikos, A. (2011). Interpreting Actions: the Goal Behind Mirror Neuron Function. Brain Research Reviews, 67(1-2), 260-267.
  • Ocampo, B., Kritikos, A. and Cunnington, R (2011). How frontoparietal brain regions mediate imitative and complementary actions: an fMRI study. PLoS ONE, 6(10).
  • Bayliss, A., Bartlett, J., Naughtin, C. and Kritikos, A. (2011). A direct link between gaze perception and social attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 37(3), 634-644.
  • Constable, M., Kritikos, A. and Bayliss, A.  (2011). Grasping the concept of personal property. Cognition, 119(3), 430-437
  • Bayliss, A. and Kritikos, A. (2010). Brief Report. Individual differences in attention: Perceptual load and the autism spectrum in typically developed individuals. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(11), 1573-1578.
  • Ocampo, B. and Kritikos, A. (2010). Placing actions in context: Motor facilitation following observation of identical and non-identical manual acts. Experimental Brain Research.201, 743-751.
  • Ocampo, B. and Kritikos, A. (2009). Facilitation of Responses to Degraded Targets by Non-Degraded Distractors. Perception. 38, 1749-1766.
  • Hluchanic, C. and Kritikos, A. (2009). Line segments and corners of distractors are equally important in causing interference, Perception, 38(5), 664-678.
  • Kritikos, A. and Brasch, C. (2008). Visual and tactile integration in action comprehension and execution. Brain Research, 1242, 73-86.
  • Kritikos, A., McNeill, and Pavlis, A. (2008). Distractor interference in temporal separation between distractors and targets. Journal of Motor Behaviour, 40, 29-42.
  • Kritikos, A., and Pavlis, A. (2007). The impact of degraded distractors on (non-degraded) target identification. Experimental Brain Research, 183, 159-170.
  • Kritikos, A., Breen, N. & Mattingley, J.B. (2005). Anarchic hand syndrome: bimanual co-ordination and sensitivity to irrelevant information in unimanual reaches. Cognitive Brain Research, 24, 634-647.
  • Morris, A., Kritikos, A., Berberovic, N., Pisella, L. and Mattingley, J.B. Alterations in mechanisms of attention after prismatic adaptation. Cortex, 40, 703-721.
  • Kritikos, A., and Beresford, M. (2002). Tactile interference in visually guided reach-to-grasp movements. Experimental Brain Research, 144, 1-7.
  • Kritikos, A., Dunai, J. and Castiello, U. (2001). Modulation of reach-to-grasp parameters: semantic category, volumetric properties and distractor interference. Experimental Brain Research, 138, 54-61.
  • Pisella, L., Kritikos, A., and Rossetti, Y. (2001). Contribution of the area of motor control to the issue of interaction between perception and action. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 24, 898-899.
  • Kritikos, A., Dunai, J. Bennett, K.M.B., and Castiello, U. (2000). Interference from distractors in reach-to-grasp movements. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 53A, 131-151.
  • Kritikos, A., Jackson, G.M. and Jackson, S.R. (1998). The influence of initial hand posture on the expression of prehension parameters. Experimental Brain Research, 118, 127-131.

 

Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2017
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 2, 2017
    PSYC3302 - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC3302 - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Semester 2, 2016
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC3302 - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 2, 2013
    PSYC3302 - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 1, 2011
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC2020 - Neuroscience for Psychologists
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC8171 - Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC8181 - Neuroscience of Neuropsychol
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSYC8171 - Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC8161 - Neuroanatomy for Neuropsych
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC8181 - Neuroscience of Neuropsychol

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Cognition and Neuroscience
Synopsis:

Psychology Honours Projects 2017: Humans are social animals who rely on one-to-one and group interactions for physical and cultural survival. For these interactions to be successful, we need to understand the meaning of each other's actions, as well as understand the physical environment.

One line of research we are following is whether we are able to represent each other's bodies and the actions they make when we are in situations of co-operative action. We look to see whether aspects of the other person's movement alter the way we make our our actions. To do this, we use reaction time paradigms or motion capture and analysis techniques. 

Another line of research is how we extend our self-representation to objects in the environment, that is, to object we own. We have shown previously that we interact differently with our own versus another person's property. We have also shown that we recall items allocated to ourselves better thanitems allocated to other people. We are interested in whether there are differences in the way we recall items belonging to us compared with significant others, such as our mother or best friend. We are also interested in whether this pattern alters in participants who rate high on hoarding (indiscriminate collecting and keeping or all types of objects)

Research profile:

UQ page: https://www.psy.uq.edu.au/directory/index.html?id=1180#show_Research

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ada_Kritikos

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