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Dr Maryam Ziaei
  – Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

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Dr Maryam Ziaei

BA in clinical psychology, Isfahan University, Iran

MA in psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

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Dr Maryam Ziaei
Research Activities:
I am a cognitive neuroscientist and my passion is (1) to understand how our brains process various cognitive and social-cognitive functions and (2) to investigate the changes occur in these functions with advancing age and in clinical populations. The focus of my research now is to understand the underlying neural networks involved in cognitive functions among young and older adults. I am also leading a project that aims to examine the social-cognitive processes among patients with epilepsy and develop an intervention program to enhance patients' quality of life.  


Representative Publications:

Ziaei, M., Salami, R. & Persson, J. A multivariate analysis of age-related differences in processing emotional items during working memory paradigm, Neuropsychologia, Accepted.

Ziaei. M., Ebner, N., Burianová, H. (2016), A multivariate analysis of brain networks involved in gaze and emotional processing, European Journal of Neuroscience, In Press. 

Ziaei. M., Burianová, H., von Hippel, W., Ebner, N. Slessor, G. & Phillips, L.H., Henry, J.D. (2016), The impact of aging on the neural correlates involved in gaze and emotional processing, Neurobiology of Aging, 48, 182-194.

Peira, N., Ziaei, M. & Persson, J. (2015), Age differences in brain systems supporting transient and sustained processes involved in prospective memory and working memory, NeuroImage, 125, 745-755.

Ziaei, M., von Hippel, W., Henry, J.D. & Becker, S.I. (2015), Are age effects in positivity influenced by the valence of distractors? PLOS one, 10(9): e0137604.

Burianová, H., Marstaller, L., Choupan, J., Sepehrband, F., Ziaei, M. & Reutens, D. (2015). The impact of ageing on the brain’s structural integrity and task-related functional connectivity, Neurobiology of Aging, 36(10), 2830–2837.

Ziaei, M., Peira, N., Persson, J. (2014), Brain systems underlying attentional control and emotional distraction during working memory encoding, NeuroImage, 87, 276-286

Samaei, S., Ziaei, M., Khodapanahi, M.K., Heidari, M. (2012), The Effect of Various Negative Emotions on Moral Judgment among University Students, Advances in Cognitive Science, 14, 73-86

Ziaei, M., Poeretemad, HR. & Hasan zade Tavakoli, MR. (2011), Is the morality culture dependent? Journal of Behavioral Science, 4, 225-231

Ziaei, M., Pouretemad, HR, Togha, M. (2011), Moral Judgment among patients with medial Prefrontal Cortex Encephalomalacia, Advances inCognitive Science, 12, 1-8

Haghparast, A., Ordikhani-Seyedlar, M., Ziaei, M., Azizi, P., Ebrahimzadeh-Sarvestan, M. (2010), Effects of Electrolytic Lesions of the Ventrolateral Periaqueductal Gray and Nucleus Raphe Magnus on Morphine – Induced Antinociception in the Nucleus Cuneiformis, Basic and clinical neuroscience, 1, 25-32

Oghabian, M.A., Batouli, A.H., Norouzian, M., Ziaei, M., Sikaroodi, H. (2010), Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to differentiate between healthy aging subjects, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer's patients, Journal of research in Medical Science, 15, 84-93

Ziaei, M., Khodapanahi, MK., Heidari, M. and Keshvari, F. (2009), The Effect of Emotion on Reaction Times in personal and impersonal Moral Judgments. Journal of Research in Behavioural Science, 7, 155-163

Haghparast, A., Ordikhani-Seyedlar, M., Ziaei, M. (2008), Electrolytic lesion of the nucleus raphe magnus reduced the antinociceptive effects of bilateral morphine microinjected into the nucleus cuneiformis in rats, Neuroscience Letters, 438, 351-355

Ziaei, M., Amiri, S. & Jokar, S. (2008), Facial and Verbal Emotional memory among younger and older women, Journal of Behavioural Science, 2, 157-164

Ziaei, M., Amiri, S. & Molavi, H. (2007), The relationship between Circadian Typology and Reaction time scores in the Morning and Evening among Isfahan University students, Advances inCognitive Science, 9, 47-53

Ziaei, M., Amiri, S. (2006), The Relationship between Reaction Time, Intelligence and Anxiety, Journal of Iranian Psychologist, 3, 53-61

Ziaei, M., Amiri, S. & Maarufi, M. (2006), The Effect of circadian typology on state and trait anxiety in 19-23 years-old students in Isfahan university, Journal of Psychological Science, 5, 257- 270

Conference Presentations

Ziaei, M., Peira, N., Persson, J. Attentional modulation in response to emotional stimuli among older and younger adults, poster presentation, Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2014, Boston, USA

Ziaei, M., Peira, N., Persson, J. The underlying neural mechanism in attentional control during encoding of emotional stimuli, poster presentation, 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Ziaei, M., Elands, R.J., Peira, N., Persson, J. Fusiform & Inferior Frontal Gyrus activation in attentional top-down modulation to emotional stimuli, poster presentation, 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human BrainMapping 2012, Beijing, China

Ziaei, M., Persson, J., Executive function among patients with frontopolar cortex damage, poster presentation, 8th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience 2011, Florence, Italy

Ziaei, M, Pouretemad, HR, Togha M, Rahimian, E. Does the right Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex mediate the effect of emotion on moral judgment? poster presentation, 8th World Congress on Brain Injury 2010, Washington D.C.,USA

Seyedlar, M., Ziaei, M., Khani, A., Haghparast, A. Inhibition of analgesic response of morphine infusion into the nucleus cuneiformis in absence of nucleus raphe magnus and ventrolateral periaqueductal gray in rat, poster presentation, 31st annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society (Neuro 2008), Neuroscience Research, Volume 61, Page S274

Ordikhani-Seyedlar, M., Ziaei, M., Haghparast, A. Influence of Bilateral Lesion of Ventrolateral Periaqueductal Gray Matter on Antinociceptive Effect of Morphine Microinjected into the Nucleus Cuneiformis of rat in Tail Flick Test, poster presentation, 12th World Congress on Pain 2008, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Ziaei, M., Ordikhani-Seyedlar, M., Khani, A., Haghparast, A. Electrolytic lesion of the nucleus Raphe Magnus decreased the analgesic effect of morphine administered into the nucleus Cuneiformis, poster presentation, 6th Fens Forum of European Neuroscience 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

Ziaei, M., Amiri, S., Jokar, S. Emotional memory in Iranian older and younger adults, poster presentation, XXIX International Congress of Psychology 2008, Berlin, Germany

Amiri, S., Ziaei, M., Asaadi, M.A developmental study of the relationship among some areas of frontal lobe performance, spatial ability and social cognition, Oral Presentation, Attended in the 37th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience 2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ziaei, M., Asaadi, M., Amiri, S. A comparison study of moral judgment (personal/impersonal) between older and younger adults, Oral Presentation, Attended in the 37th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience 2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Course Tutor:
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC1030 - Introduction to Psychology: Development, Social, and Clinical Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2013
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology

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

Research Area:
Cognition and Neuroscience

I am based at the Centre for Advanced Imaging and working on a number of projects including the following. I’m happy to talk about them in more details. Please contact me on if you have any questions. Here is my website for more information:

Logical reasoning among healthy young adults: Logical reasoning is one of the fundamental ability that drives success in various aspects of our lives, such as interpersonal interaction, decision making, and career progression. Therefore, gaining a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of reasoning could provide a comprehensive picture of how we can enhance this skill. In this project, we are aiming to examine the link between logical reasoning and other cognitive functions as well as individuals’ characteristics. I’ve completed a project in this area just recently and writing the results at the moment. Happy to share some of the findings if you are interested to know more about this topic.

Own-age bias among younger and older adults: There is increasing evidence that we perceive our own age faces differently than other age faces. Such bias could lead to implicit stereotypes and discrimination against elderly individuals. In this study, we aim to investigate the cognitive and social cognitive mechanisms of own-age biases in aging. In my previous work, I examined the neural correlates of own-age bias in aging and can send you a paper which is under revision if you want to read more about this topic.

Neural mechanisms of social cognitive function in epilepsy: In this study, we aim to examine the underlying neural correlates of social cognitive functions, such as recognizing different facial features, in healthy young adults and patients with epilepsy. This is a long-term project which includes two stages. The first stage is to examine the underlying neural correlates of socially-relevant stimuli (such as faces) in healthy subjects and then we investigate the changes among epileptic patients. For an Honours’ project, you could choose to get involved in any of these stages. Here are some examples of my previous work in this area:

  1. Ziaei, M., Burianova, H., Von Hippel, W., Ebner, N. C., Phillips, L. H., & Henry, J. D., 2016. The impact of aging on the neural networks involved in gaze and emotional processing. Neurobiology of Aging, 48, 182-194.
  2. Ziaei, M., Ebner, N. C., & Burianova, H., 2016. Functional brain networks involved in gaze and emotional processing. European Journal of Neuroscience,1-9. 

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