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Department of Cognitive Science

Nikolas Williams

BA UM-Western, MS MSU.

Nikolas Williams

PhD Student

Contact Details

Office : 3.814
Phone : +61 2 9850 2986
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email :

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109


I received my Masterís of Science degree in Psychological Science from Montana State University where my work investigated the behavioural effects of neurodegenerative disease in animal models. Following a couple years working in industry I moved to Australia to commence my PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. As part of the Memory strand at the CCD I investigate how individual differences in cognitive abilities modulate collaborative group memory. Specifically, I examine how attentional control and working memory influence the disruption present in collaborative recall and how these attributes affect subsequent memory following collaboration. Iím also involved in work with the Belief Formation group investigating social cognition and belief reasoning in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.

Thesis Details

Collaboration and executive attention.

  • Scholarship : iMQRES
  • Workload : full time
  • Supervisors : Dr Celia Harris and Professor Amanda Barnier


  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) Deputy Vice Chancellor's Commendation (2015), Williams, N.

Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Co-Funded Research Fellowship Scheme (2018 - 2020) "Neural signatures of learning success." Badcock, N., Williams, N.S., & McArthur, G.M. ($402,411)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2016 - 2017) "Should I trust you? Appearance-based trust behaviour in schizophrenia." Sutherland, C., Rhodes, G., Langdon, R., Caruana, N., Connaughton, E., Ewing, L., & Williams, N. ($39,287)
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) (2015) Williams, N. ($5,500)

Selected Publications


  • Seymour, K., Rhodes, G., McGuire, J., Williams, N., Jeffery, L., & Langdon, R. (2017). Assessing early processing of eye gaze in schizophrenia: Measuring the cone of direct gaze and reflexive orienting of attention. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 22(2), 122-136. doi:10.1080/13546805.2017.1285755

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Sutherland, C.A., Hooper, J., Greenwell-Barden, J., Langdon, R., Ewing, L., Connaughton, E., Williams, N., Caruana, N., & Rhodes, G. (2017, November). Should I trust you? Autistic traits in men negatively associate with appearance-based trust behaviour. Poster session presented at the CCD Annual Workshop, Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens.
  • Williams, N., Harris, C., & Barnier, A. (2016, August). Working memory differences in collaborative remembering. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Williams, N., Harris, C., & Barnier, A. (2016, July). Working memory difference in collaborative remembering: Group ability versus Group discrepancy. Poster session presented at the 6th International Conference on Memory (ICOM6), Budapest, Hungary.