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Dr Kimberley Mallan

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Dr Kimberley Mallan
+617 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072

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Dr Kimberley Mallan

B Psychological Science (Hons I); PhD


In 2007 I received my PhD in psychology at the University of Queensland. Since then I have worked as a postdoctoral research fellow investigating areas such as emotion, attention, processing of other-race faces, and the electro-cortical basis of small-animal fear and phobia.

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Dr Kimberley Mallan
Research Activities:

My research interests fall under the broad area of affective and social neuroscience. I am particularly interested in how and why emotional processes and our ability to recognize the emotional responses of others are influenced by perceptions of race. I am also interested in what electro-cortical measures (e.g., EEG) can reveal about the way in which we processes human faces, their age, gender, race and emotional expression. Other areas of interest include processing of fear relevant stimuli (snakes, spiders) and the psychophysiology of emotion and attention in the context of fear or pleasure learning. For more details see the web site of the 'Emotion, Learning, and Psychophysiology Laboratory':


Representative Publications:

Lipp, O.V., Mallan, K.M., Martin, F.H., Terry, D.J., & Smith, J.R. (in press). Electro-cortical implicit race bias does not vary with participants’ race or sex. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Andrews, V., Lipp, O.V., Mallan, K.M., & König, S. (in press). No evidence for subliminal affective priming with emotional facial expression primes. Motivation and Emotion.

Lipp, O.V., Mallan, K.M., Libera, M., & Tan, M. (2010). The effects of context change and verbal instruction on affective and expectancy learning. Behavior Research and Therapy, 48(3), 203-209.

Adam, A.R., Mallan, K.M., & Lipp, O.V. (2009). The effect of emotional and attentional load on attentional startle modulation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 74, 266-273.

Mallan, K.M., Sax, J., & Lipp, O.V. (2009). Verbal instruction abolishes fear conditioned to racial out-group faces. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(6), 1303-1307.

Mallan, K.M., Lipp, O.V., & Libera, M. (2008). Affect, attention, or anticipatory arousal? Human blink startle modulation in forward and backward affective conditioning. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 69, 9-17.

Mallan, K.M., & Lipp, O. V. (2007). Does emotion modulate the blink reflex in human conditioning? Startle potentiation during pleasant and unpleasant cues in the picture-picture paradigm. Psychophysiology, 44, 737-748.

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