Associate Professor Jess Taubert

ARC Future Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr. Jess Taubert was awarded the ARC Future Fellowship and moved to the University of Queensland in 2021.

She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours at Macaquarie University (2005) and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney (2009). In 2009 she accepted a postdoctoral position at Emory University (GA, USA). Here she worked jointly with Lisa Parr at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Philippe Rochat in the Department of Psychology. In 2011 Dr. Taubert was awarded a FSR incoming postdoctoral fellowship by UCLouvain and moved to Belgium to train as a neurophysiologist (supervised by Rufin Vogels, Wim Vanduffel, and Bruno Rossion). After briefly returning to Australia, Dr. Taubert was appointed as an Intramural Research Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the US (2016 – 2021). During this time she worked with Leslie Ungerleider, Chris Baker, David Leopold, and Elisabeth ("Betsy") Murray among others.

Research Interests

  • Social intelligence in primates and other animals
  • Face detection and the face pareidolia illusion
  • Organisation and function of the ventral visual cortex
  • The recognition of facial signals in the wild


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney


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Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Grasser, Lana, Haller, Simone, Taubert, Jessica, Aggarwal, Nakul, Hansen, Eleanor, Naim, Reut, Kenwood, Margaux, Bui, Hong, Jeong, Annie, Williams, Lisa, Kalin, Ned and Brotman, Melissa (2023). Adapting the Behavioral 'Human Intruder Paradigm' to Probe Neural Threat Processing Across Species. NEW YORK: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC.

  • Paranjape, Sanika, Wardle, Susan G., Taubert, Jessica and Baker, Chris I. (2021). Illusory faces are more likely to be perceived as male than female. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting VSS 2021, Online, 21-26 May 2021. Rockville, MD United States: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). doi: 10.1167/jov.21.9.1990

Other Outputs

  • Loren Bouyer, Derek H. Arnold, Alan Johnston and Jessica Taubert (2023). Adaptation and Extrapolation. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.48610/1d6be63

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision