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Dr Steven Miller
Dr Steven Miller is a clinician in occupational and pain medicine and a researcher in clinical neuroscience, visual neuroscience and consciousness science. He heads the Perceptual and Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at MAPrc, which is engaged in basic science and clinical research. The lab has also recently entered the virtual research environment, with wide national and international collaboration for its new Binocular Rivalry Online project. Collaborating centres for this project include QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (N. Martin), Queensland Brain Institute (M. Wright), Black Dog Institute (P. Mitchell), Bipolar Disorder Research Network (N. Craddock/X. Caseras; UK) and Institute of Psychiatric Phenomics and Genomics (T. Schulze; Germany).
Dr Miller has made, and continues to make, significant contributions to science including:
- Discovering that the rate of binocular rivalry is slow in bipolar disorder – Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London and Psychological Medicine. (With J. Pettigrew)
- Demonstrating that an individual’s binocular rivalry rate is under substantial genetic control – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. (With N. Martin, M. Wright and colleagues)
- Performing the first brain stimulation experiments on binocular rivalry – Current Biology; featured on the front cover. (With J. Pettigrew and colleagues)
- Proposing a new neurophysiological model of binocular rivalry and a new pathophysiological model of bipolar disorder – Current Biology and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. (With J. Pettigrew)
- Developing an online binocular rivalry test for convenient and low-resource testing of large-scale clinical and control samples (thousands to tens of thousands of subjects), aiming to (i) improve genome-wide association studies of clinical disorders, (ii) examine clinical disorder diagnostic discrimination, and (iii) facilitate standardisation of behavioural protocols for binocular rivalry testing. (With QIMR Berghofer and Monash Faculty of IT)
- Driving research on neuromodulation with caloric vestibular stimulation — a simple, safe, affordable and non-invasive brain stimulation technique — to treat various clinical conditions. (With T. Ngo)
- Performing detailed analyses of empirical and conceptual foundations of consciousness science, and proposing new foundations for this nascent discipline.
Dr Miller has been awarded competitive funding from NHMRC, Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative, Defence Health Foundation, The Brain and Behavior Foundation (USA) and Monash Institute of Medical Engineering. He previously held an NHMRC Medical Post-Graduate Research Scholarship and a Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative Early Career Practitioner Fellowship. He was awarded a prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behaviour Foundation (USA). Dr Miller sits on the Clinical Panel of the Victorian Government’s Health and Disability Services Group (Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe).
The Perceptual and Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory’s interests include:
- Mechanisms of binocular rivalry, and attentional processing during rivalry
- Binocular rivalry in clinical psychiatric groups, especially bipolar disorder
- Binocular rivalry in genetic and neurological conditions
- Large-scale genetic and clinical studies of binocular rivalry
- Development of a web-based testing platform for large-scale studies of binocular rivalry and standardised binocular rivalry testing
Coming soon – BINOCULAR RIVALRY ONLINE
Brain Stimulation / Neuromodulation
- Non-invasive neuromodulation techniques, particularly caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
- Non-invasive neuromodulation of persistent pain
- Non-invasive neuromodulation of mania and depression
- Non-invasive neuromodulation of other psychiatric and neurologic conditions
The Scientific Study of Consciousness
- Binocular rivalry and the scientific study of consciousness
- Foundational issues in the science and philosophy of consciousness
- Interpreting brain stimulation and inhibition experiments in consciousness science
Mr Phillip Law (
Dr Trung Ngo (NHMRC Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellowship)
Dr Bryan Paton (
Dr Wendy Barsdell (DPsych)
Mr Colin Palmer (Phil Hons; main supervisor Jakob Hohwy)
Ms Jacqui Leonard (Psych Hons)
Law PCF, Riddiford JA, Paton BK, Gurvich CT, Ngo TT, Miller SM (2015). No relationship between binocular rivalry rate and eye-movement profiles in healthy individuals: A Bayes factor analysis. Perception 44 (6): 643–661.
Law PCF, Paton BK, Thomson RH, Liu GB, Miller SM, Ngo TT (2013). Dichoptic viewing methods for binocular rivalry research: Prospects for large-scale clinical and genetic studies. Twin Research and Human Genetics 16 (6): 1033–1078.
Ngo TT, Barsdell WN, Law PCF, Miller SM (2013). Binocular rivalry, brain stimulation and bipolar disorder. In S. M. Miller (Ed.), The constitution of visual consciousness: Lessons from binocular rivalry (pp. 211–252). Advances in Consciousness Research (Vol. 90). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Miller SM, Ngo TT (2007). Studies of caloric vestibular stimulation: Implications for the cognitive neurosciences, the clinical neurosciences and neurophilosophy. Acta Neuropsychiatrica 19 (3): 183–203.
Full publication list available at: ResearchGate