Rachael Wynne


Direction of visual attention and visual search within the context of driving.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) from Australian Catholic University in 2012, Rachael’s honours thesis investigated the presence of false memories effects in immediate serial recall. Working as a Research Assistant with Australian Catholic University, Rachael extended this research investigating the effect of task difficulty and delayed recall on false memory effects. Since 2013, Rachael has worked as a Sessional Academic within the discipline of Psychology at Australian Catholic University, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the University of Southern Queensland, and studied towards a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education. Rachael joined the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems in August 2016 under the supervision of Dr Vanessa Beanland and Professor Paul Salmon.

Rachael is a PhD candidate within the Centre, investigating the direction of visual attention and visual search within the context of driving. The research project will map the development of visual search patterns in learner drivers across the time spent learning to drive. These patterns will then be compared to those employed by experienced drivers when placed in a driving condition they have had no experience with, such as beach driving.

If you would like to discuss any of these interests with Rachael, please contact her on: rachael.wynne@research.usc.edu.au

Research interests:

  • Visual attention and visual search
  • Visual scan patterns of learner drivers
  • Road safety
  • Factors influencing prospective memory
  • Memory errors and loss