Dr Ben Morrison

Biography

Ben Morrison joined ACAP in 2012 as a lecturer in Psychological Sciences. Ben has taught in a range of university level units since 2007 including research methods, human learning and cognition, applied cognition and human performance, psychological assessment, biology and perception, personality, professional issues, and organisational psychology. He has held several research roles across a number of institutions including UWS, UNSW and Macquarie University. Ben is currently the course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science.

Research Interests

Ben has research interests in cognitive and organisational psychology, with an emphasis on human performance and decision making.

Teaching Interests

Ben has experience teaching in a range of units, including: 

Ben has experience teaching in a range of units, including: 

  • PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-based Approach 1 (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)
  • PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-based Approach 2 (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)
  • PSYC5212 Psychology: An Evidence-based Approach 2 Advanced (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)
  • PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)
  • PSYC3052 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology (Guest Lecturer)
  • PSYC5392 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology Advanced (Guest Lecturer)
  • PSYC4022 Advanced Psychological Assessment (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)

·        PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-based Approach 1 (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)

·        PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-based Approach 2 (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)

·        PSYC5212 Psychology: An Evidence-based Approach 2 Advanced (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)

·        PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)

·        PSYC3052 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology (Guest Lecturer)

·        PSYC5392 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology Advanced (Guest Lecturer)

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·        PSYC4022 Advanced Psychological Assessment (Unit coordinator; Lecturer)

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Expert Comment Topics

  • Human factors
  • Decision-making
  • Expertise     
  • Organisational psychology
  • Training
  • System Design
  • Virtual Reality
  • Investigative psychology

Research & Scholarships

Journal Articles

  • Johnston, D., & Morrison, B. W.(2016). Exploring Cue Use in Rugby League Playmakers to Inform Training Initiatives. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 10(4), 391-410. doi: 10.1177/1555343416662181
  • Omoregbee, I., Morrison, B. W., & Morrison, N. M. V. (2016). A Case for using Ability-Based Emotional Intelligence Measures in the Selection of Trainee Psychologists. Business Perspectives and Research, 4(1), 1-14. doi: 10.1177/2278533715605425
  • Morrison, N. M. V., Burnham, D., &  Morrison, B. W. (2015). Cognitive Load in Cross-Modal Dual-Task Processing: Support for Unitary- Resource and Multiple-Resource Attention Models. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29(3), 436-444. doi: 10.1002/acp.3122
  • Morrison, B. W., & Wiggins, M. W., Bond, N., & Tyler, M. D. (2013). Relative Cue Strength as a Means of Validating an Inventory of Expert Offender Profiling Cues. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 7(2), 211-226. doi: 10.1177/1555343412459192
  • Morrison, B. W., Morrison, N. M. V., Morton, J., & Harris, J. (2013). Using critical-cue inventories to advance virtual patient technologies in psychological assessment. In Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration (OzCHI '13), Haifeng Shen, Ross Smith, Jeni Paay, Paul Calder, and Theodor Wyeld (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 531-534. DOI=10.1145/2541016.2541085
  • Harris, J., Wiggins, M. W., Morrison, B. W., & Morrison, N. M. V. (2013). Towards a cognition-based assessment protocol for user-centered design. In Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration (OzCHI '13), Haifeng Shen, Ross Smith, Jeni Paay, Paul Calder, and Theodor Wyeld (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 135-138. DOI=10.1145/2541016.2541079
  • Morrison, B. W., Wiggins, M. W., & Porter, G. (2010). User preference for a control-based reduced processing decision support interface. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 26(4), 1-20. doi: 10.1080/10447310903575465

Book Chapters

  • Morrison, B. W., & Morrison, N. M. V. (2015). Diagnostic Cues in Major Crime Scene Investigation. In M. W. Wiggins and T. Loveday (Eds) Diagnostic Expertise in Organisational Environments, pp. 91-98. London: Ashgate.
  • Harris, J., Wiggins, M., Morrison, B. W., & Morrison, N. M. V. (2015). Differentiating Cognitive Complexity and Cognitive Load in High and Low Demand, in T. Weyald (Eds.), The cognitive effects of spatial interaction, learning and ability. Springer LNCS.

Research Grants

  • 2012. An Assessment of a Probability-Based Decision Support System for use in Time-Critical Criminal Investigations: Australian College of Applied Psychology Research Grant. $5954
  • 2009. Fieldwork grant for interviewing investigators in the United States and Canada: MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney. $5000

Conference Presentations

  • Broomfield, C. & Morrison, B. W. (2017, January). Overcoming the distance in statistical teaching: The effect of instructional control mode on learning accuracy and confidence in online environments. Presented at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Sydney, NSW.

  • Formosa, N., & Morrison, B. W. (2017, January). Examining misinformation and salience effects for memory of criminal conversations. Presented at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Sydney, NSW.

  • Aneli, M. &  Morrison, B. W. (2016, November). The Role of Negative Television News Media in the Formation of Islamophobic Attitudes Among Non-Muslims, and Perceptions of Societal Exclusion of Muslims in Australia. Paper presented at the 2nd annual NPI conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Innes, M. J., &  Morrison, B. W. (2016, November). Artificial Intelligence and the Oncoming Crisis for the Helping Professions. Paper presented at the 2nd annual NPI conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Naylor, M., &  Morrison, B. W. (2016, November). Wellbeing At Work Through Virtual Reality Interventions. Paper presented at the 2nd annual NPI conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Formosa, N., & Morrison, B. W. (2016, November). An Examination of the Efficacy of Virtual Reality Technology in Educating for Mental Health. Paper presented at the 2nd annual NPI conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Machan, C., & Morrison, B. W. (2016, June). Attributing Blame in Child Sexual Assault (CSA) Cases: The Role of Offender Age, Offender Disability, Responder Gender, and CSA Myth Acceptance. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society: Division of Forensic Psychology, Brighton, London.

  • Morrison, B. W. Morrison, N. M. V., & Morton, J. (2015, June). Identifying Critical Cues in Mental Health Assessment using Naturalistic Decision-Making Techniques. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, Maclean, Virginia.

  • Johnston, D., & Morrison, B. W. (2015). Exploring Cue Use in Rugby League Playmakers to Inform Training Initiatives. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, Maclean, Virginia.

  • Morrison, B. W. & Morrison, N. M. V. (2015). Aiding Police in the Detection of Imminent Terrorist Attacks: Testing Different Approaches to Improving Situation Assessment Skills. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, Maclean, Virginia.

  • Morrison, B. W., Lee, D., Morrison, & N. M. V. (2015). Does One Size Fit All? The Role of User’ Personality in Learning and Decision Support Interface Preferences. Paper presented at the Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Morrison, B. W., Omoregbee, I., Morrison, N. M. V. (2015, January). The Relationship between Ability-Based Emotional Intelligence and Performance in a Clinical Psychology Program: Using the MSCEIT to Select Future Psychologists. Paper presented at the 2nd International HR Conference on Emotional Intelligence, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  • Harris, J., Morrison, B. W., & Morrison, N. M. V. (2014, February). Future research and teaching directions for developing psychological critical thinking skills. Paper presented at the Graduate Psychology Skills Australia Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Johnston, D., & Morrison, B. W.(2014).  Investigating Differences in Cue-Use  across Expert, Intermediate, and Novice  Rugby League Playmakers. Paper presented at the 1st annual NPI conference, Sydney, NSW.

  • Omoregbee, I., &  Morrison, B. W. (2014). Should tests of emotional intelligence be considered in the selection process for entry into Masters of Clinical Psychology programs? Paper presented at the 1st annual NPI conference, Sydney, NSW.

  • Bourke, L., &  Morrison, B. W. (2013, October). Evaluating two types of cue-based training in improving decision-making performance: Singular cue acquisition vs. decision simulation. Paper presented at the 6th annual ACAP conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Formosa, N., & Morrison, B. W. (2013, October). Exploring the impact of post-event information on ear-witness testimony. Paper presented at the 6th annual ACAP conference, Melbourne, VIC.

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    Harris, J., Morrison, B. W., Morrison, N. M. V. (2013, October). A little less conversation, a little more action: Using guided discovery approaches to enhance teaching outcomes. Paper presented at the 6th annual ACAP conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Morrison, B. W., Morrison, N. M. V., Morton, J., & Harris, J. (2013, October). Making virtual patients more human: Embedding critical cue-inventories in computer-generated clinical training programs. Paper presented at the 6th annual ACAP conference, Melbourne, VIC.

  • Morrison, B. W., & Wiggins, M. W., Bond, N., & Tyler, M. D. (2009, June). Examining cue recognition across expertise using a computer-based task. Paper presented at NDM9, the Ninth International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, London, UK.

Research Supervision

Ben has supervised research projects at the Masters and Honours levels in areas including;

Ben has supervised research projects at the Masters and Honours levels in areas including;

  • Decision-making
  • Human Factors and Safety
  • Expertise
  • Decision Support
  • System Design and Usability
  • Training
  • Investigative decision-making
  • Psychological Assessment and Selection
  • Psychopathy and emotional processing
  • Clinical Psychology
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Professional Accreditation

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)