Elaine received the BE in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin in 2006, and the PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2012.  She was a Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences from 2014 to 2017.

In her research, Elaine investigates processes of perceptual decision making, attention, and visual short-term memory using a combination of psychophysics, electrophysiology and computational modelling.

Elaine left the O’Connell Lab in 2023 to start her own lab in University College Dublin as Associate Professor. Visit her new webpage here.


Smith, P.L., Corbett, E.A., & Lilburn, S.D. (2023). Diffusion Theory of the Antipodal “Shadow” Mode in Continuous-Outcome, Coherent-Motion Decisions. Psychological Review.

Corbett, E.A., Martinez-Rodriguez, L.A., Judd, C., O’Connell R.G., & Kelly, S.P (2021).
Multiphasic value biases in fast-paced decisions. BioRxiv.

Kelly, S.P., Corbett, E.A., & O’Connell, R.G. (2021). Neurocomputational mechanisms of
prior-informed perceptual decision making in humans. Nature Human Behaviour. 5-4, 467-481.

Corbett EA & Smith PL (2020). A diffusion model analysis of target detection in
near-threshold visual search. Cognitive Psychology. 120, 101289.

Smith PL, Saber S, Corbett EA & Lilburn SD (2020). Modeling Continuous
Outcome Color Decisions With the Circular Diffusion Model: Metric and Categorical Prop-
erties. Psychological Review. 127-4, 562-590.

Smith PL & Corbett EA (2019). Speeded Multielement Decision Making as Diffusion in a
Hypersphere: Theory and Application to Double-Target Detection. Psychonomic Bulletin
& Review. 26-1, 127-162.

Smith PL, Corbett EA, Lilburn SD & Kyllingsbaek S (2018). The Power Law of
Visual Working Memory Characterizes Attention Engagement. Psychological Review. 125-
3, 435

Corbett EA & Smith PL (2017). The Magical Number One-on-Square-Root-Two: The Double-Target Detection Deficit in Brief Visual Displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 43-7, 1376.

Smith PL, Lilburn SD, Corbett EA, Sewell DK & Kyllingsbæk S (2016). The attention-weighted sample-size model of visual short-term memory: Attention capture predicts resource allocation and memory load. Cognitive Psychology. 89, 71-105.

Corbett EA, Sachs NA, Körding KP & Perreault EJ (2014). Multimodal decoding and congruent sensory information enhance reaching performance in subjects with cervical spinal cord injury. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 8-123.

Corbett EA, Körding KP & Perreault EJ (2014). Dealing with target uncertainty in a reaching control interface. PLOS ONE. 9-1, e86811.

Corbett EA, Körding KP & Perreault EJ (2013). Real-time evaluation of a Non-invasive Neuroprosthetic Interface for Control of Reach. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 21-4, 674-683.

Corbett EA, Perreault EJ & Körding KP (2012). Decoding with Limited Neural Data: a Mixture of Time-warped Trajectory Models for Directional Reaches. Journal of Neural Engineering. 9-3, 36002.

Corbett EA, Perreault EJ & Kuiken TA (2011). Comparison of electromyography and force as interfaces for prosthetic control. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 48-6, 629-642.

Corbett, EA, Ethier C, Oby ER, Körding KP, Perreault EJ, Miller LM (2013). Advanced User Interfaces for Upper Limb FES, in Introduction to Neural Engineering for Motor Rehabilitation, Farina, Jensen and Akay, Editors. IEEE/Wiley Press, 40, 377-420.


Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2019)

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship (2005)