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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Genevieve Quek

B Psych (Hons) Macq, MClinNeuro Macq, PhD Macq.

Genevieve Quek

Honorary Associate

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I completed my honours thesis in 2009 under the supervision of Dr Matthew Finkbeiner. Working in the Action Lab at MACCS, my research examined the role of spatial attention in the nonconscious processing of both face and nonface stimuli. My current PhD research is an extension of this topic. What impacts on our ability to process information at the nonconscious level? Do 'top-down' cognitive processes influence this processing? Are different types of subliminal stimuli processed more efficiently than others? What factors might underpin these qualitative differences? My research will utilise the Action Optotrak system together with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to examine such questions, and therefore further clarify our understanding of the nonconscious mind.


  • Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence (2014), Quek, G.
  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards: Highly Commended for Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities (2013), Quek, G. "Understanding the mechanisms of selective attention: Insights from the Reach-to-Touch Paradigm"
  • 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC) Student Prize (2013), Quek, G.
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) Vice Chancellor's Recommendation (2012), Quek, G.
  • Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Conference (ACNC) Best PhD Presentation Award (2011), Quek, G.
  • 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC) Student Prize (2011), Quek, G.
  • 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC) Student Prize (2010), Quek, G.
  • Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence (2004), Quek, G.

Selected Publications


  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (In Press). Gaining the upper hand: Evidence of vertical asymmetry in sex-categorisation of human hands. Advances in Cognitive Psychology.
  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2014). Face-sex categorisation is better above-fixation than below: Evidence from the Reach-to-Touch paradigm. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 1407-1419. doi:10.3758/s13415-014-0282-y
  • Quek, G.L., & Finkbeiner, M. (2014). Face-perception is superior in the upper visual field: Evidence from masked priming. Visual Cognition, 22(8), 1038-1042. doi:10.1080/13506285.2014.960732
  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2013). Spatial and temporal attention modulate the early stages of face processing: Behavioural evidence from a reaching paradigm. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e57365. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057365

Published Abstracts

  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2012). Pointing to the temporal modulation of attentional effects on face categorisation [Abstract]. Perception, 41, 125.
  • Quek, G.L., & Finkbeiner, M. (2012). Finding a single guy: The role of attention in masked face priming under conditions of high attentional load [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2014, August). Face-sex categorisation is superior in above-fixation locations: A reaching study. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Quek, G. (2013, November). Does the upper visual field advantage in face-processing relate to participant bias in attentional allocation? Poster session presented at the 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC), Melbourne.
  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2013, April). Gaining the upper hand: Vertical asymmetry in visual perception is not stimulus-driven. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Quek, G. & Finkbeiner, M. (2012, September). Processing faces on the vertical meridian: Evidence for above-fixation superiority. Poster session presented at the European Conference for Visual Perception (ECVP), Alghero, Italy.
  • Quek, G. (2012, July). Travel notes from a current PhD Candidate. Invited presentation given at the Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Commencement Program, Sydney.
  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2012, April). Attentional modulation of masked face processing varies across the visual field. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Quek, G., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Al-Janabi, S. (2011, December). Using reaching trajectories to reveal the dynamics of stimulus categorization. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Conference (ACNC), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2011, December). Pointing it out: Masked faces are processed in the true absence of spatial attention. Poster session presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Conference (ACNC), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia..
  • Quek, G., & Finkbeiner, M. (2011, April). Pointing to the locus of attentional effects in subliminal priming. Paper presented at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Quek, G. & Finkbeiner, M. (2010, April). The effect of attention of nonconscious processing. Comparing faces and non-faces. Paper presented at the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Quek, G. (2009, September). Looking at the effect of attention on nonconscious processing. Does information type matter? Paper presented at the HCSNET Workshop on Movement and Motion Capture, Macquarie University, Australia.