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Stephen Palmisano

Stephen Palmisano
  • Associate Professor School of Psychology
  • Director: Early Career Research, Engagement and Development
  • UOW Peer Reviewer of Teaching

Phone: (02) 4221 3640
Office: 41.G49

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Stephen Palmisano is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1997 under the supervision of Professor Barbara Gillam, and then worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Ian P Howard from 1998-2000 at the Centre for Vision Research, York University, Canada. He then returned to Australia, where he became the Director of the Centre for Psychophysics, Psychophysiology and Psychopharmacology. His twin research interests are stereopsis and the visual perception of self-motion. Most recently he has been examining the effects of visual jitter on self-motion perception and motion sickness, as well as the role that monocular regions play in stereoscopic depth perception (both ARC Funded projects).

UOW Scholars Profile - Stephen Palmisano

Research Interests

  • Perception and control of self-motion.
  • Perception of 3-D environments.

Professional Activities

Stephen Palmisano is an active reviewer for the top international Vision, Perception and Experimental Psychology journals. In addition to reviewing grants for the Australian Research Council (OzReader 2007-11; Assessor 2011-), he also reviews for several major overseas funding bodies, including the Israel Science Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the Research Council of Hong Kong.



  • 1997: Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), University of New South Wales. (Thesis Title: Perceiving self-motion in depth: The roles of stereoscopic, changing-size, ground plane and jitter information)
  • 1992: BSc (Psychology) with Honours Class 1, University of New South Wales. (Thesis Title: The perception of self-motion in central and peripheral vision: Two exploratory studies on the visual illusion of self-rotation)

Academic/UOW Awards

  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Excellence Award.
  • 2012: Best lecturer in Psychology (School of Psychology, University of Wollongong).
  • 2010: Trailblazer Prize for Research Innovation and Commercialisation (University of Wollongong).
  • 2006: Trailblazer Prize for Research Innovation and Commercialisation (University of Wollongong).
  • 2005: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (University of Wollongong).
  • 1992: University Medal for Psychology (University of New South Wales).

National/International Competitive Grants Awarded

  • Gillam, B.J. (CI), & Palmisano, S. (CI). (2011-2013). The role of monocular regions in stereoscopic depth perception. ARC Discovery Project Grant, $240,000 (AUD).
  • Allison, R.S (CI), & Palmisano, S. (PI) (2010-12). ‘Visual perception of smooth and perturbed self-motion in microgravity’, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Project Grant, $293,912 (AUD).
  • Palmisano, S. (CI) & Allison, R.S. (PI) (2010-12). ‘Viewpoint changes during locomotion: Their role in self-motion perception and motion sickness’. ARC Discovery Project Grant, $200,000 (AUD).
  • Gillam, B.J (CI), Palmisano, S. (CI), Allison, R.S (PI) (2008-2010). ‘An Investigation of Long Range Stereopsis’, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant, $225,000 (AUD).
  • Palmisano, S. (CI), & Allison, R.S. (PI) (2007-9). ‘Identification and examination of visual cues for aircraft glideslope control’, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant, $135,000 (AUD).
  • Palmisano, S. (CI), Favelle, S. (PI), & Grove, P. (PI) (2006). ‘Investigation of Visual Cues for Flare Timing and Control’. Aviation Safety Research Grants Program (ATSB), $19,148 (AUD).

Research Students

  • Ian Evans (Doctor of Philosophy): The Psychological Effects of Magnetic Fields on Occupationally-Exposed Individuals
  • Benjamin Arcioni (Master of Philosophy): Reducing Visually Induced Motion Sickness Effects in 3D Virtual Environments Presented Through Head Mounted Displays
  • Jack Fogarty (Doctor of Philosophy): Clarifying the Sequential Processing Schema in Young Adults
  • Shiva Pedram (Doctor of Philosophy): Evaluating the impact of interactive simulation in mining industry safety and management
  • Sergio Jimenez (Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)): The Effects of Ageing on Posture and Movement Coordination.
Last reviewed: 7 October, 2016