About Me


I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. My primary research interest is Human Factors Psychology. I seek to better understand the cognitive mechanisms underlying peoples’ behaviours in safety-critical complex jobs. My research can help to improve overall system safety as well as individuals’ performance. I am particularly interested in interruption, multi-tasking, workload and working memory. I also keep in tune with other fields including interpersonal communication, human-computer interaction, system design and statistics. More recently, I have been applying Bayesian statistical methods and computational models of cognition to my research.

I am enthusiastic about high-quality reproducible research and fit my research within the open-science framework. Tools such as R, Rmarkdown, Pandoc, Python and Git play a vital role in this process. I contribute to open source projects, Wikipedia and Debian Science.

Contact Me

I can be contacted via my institution email michael.wilson@research.uwa.edu.au – I’m also around on GitHub, LinkedIn, Twitter and Research Gate.

My PhD Research

I am under supervision of Shayne Loft, Troy Visser, and Simon Farrell and a member of the Cognition and Human Factors Lab. My research project examines the effects of interruptions to operator performance in complex dynamic tasks such as air traffic control. Specifically, I am encompassing resarch findings from the prospective memory and interruption science literatures to better understand why certain kinds of interruptions can be disruptive (and others aren’t). You can read more about my work below, or feel free to email me or arrange a Skype chat.