Meet the Lab Members

The 2017 Lab Group photo. From L to R: Leah Sharman, Sarah Grainger, Katie Pahor, Simone You, Zhuman (Mandy) Li, Sebastian Rahe, Joel Larwood (in the back), Samantha Lo Monaco, Pei Wen Tan, Madeline Fitzgerald

The 2017 Lab Group photo. From L to R: Leah Sharman, Sarah Grainger, Katie Pahor, Simone You, Zhuman (Mandy) Li, Sebastian Rahe, Joel Larwood (in the back), Samantha Lo Monaco, Pei Wen Tan, Madeline Fitzgerald


Dr. Eric J. Vanman, Associate Professor

Eric is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland Australia. After receiving his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Southern California in 1994, he was a post-doctoral fellow in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at USC and then spent a year as a research scientist at Texas A&M University. He was then a lecturer at Emory University until his appointment as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University in 2000. He left Georgia State in 2007 to come to UQ. His research interests include the social neuroscience of emotion and intergroup prejudice, and his studies have incorporated several kinds of psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods.  He's an Associate Editor at Biological Psychology and Cognition and Emotion.

For his full CV, click here.

Email: e.vanman@psy.uq.edu.au


Current Students

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Leah Sharman, PhD Student

Leah is interested in crying--how people perceive tears, what makes them cry, what happens after the crying is over.

Email: lsharman1@uq.edu.au


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Joel Larwood, PhD Student

Joel studies the role of emotion in music enjoyment and emotion regulation.

Email: joel.larwood@uq.net.au


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Faye Nitschke, PhD Student

Faye studies the role of emotion in how people judge the testimony of violent crime victims.


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James Casey, PhD Student

James is interested in how to reduce conflict between people who hold different political views.

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Ruri Katsunuma

Ruri is interested in compassion and how neurofeedback can be used to increase it.

Current Undergraduate Lab Members

Isabella Baines

Raine Vickers-Jones

Danielle Van Os

Samantha Lo Monaco (recent alum)


Current Honours Students

Eric is not supervising any honours students in 2019.


Lab Alumni

Dr. Billy Sung

Dr. Nerisa Dozo

Dr. David Cowan

Dr. Belinda Craig

Dr. Michael Philipp

Dr. Sashenka Milston

Dr. Beth O'Brien-McInally

Dr. Jenni Wallis

Mari Horiguchi

Alexandra Hall

Sarah Rowley

Rosemary Baker

Tash Bobir

Leah Sharman

Kyah Johnstone

Jenna Scambler

Sara Berndt

Martin Henrion

Hayley Colman

Julia Riches

May Chantra

Shelby Ceh

Kaela Savage

Tobren Watson

Sebastian Rahe

Madeline Fitzgerald

Zhuman (Mandy) Li

Jake Morrison

Pei Wen Tan

Samantha Lo Monaco

Lewis Nitschinsk

Lucinda Hinckfuss

Vanessa Standring