Faculty of Health

Dr Sherilene Carr

Phone: (03) 5327 9234
Email: sherilene.carr@federation.edu.au
Room: 2W268
Position: Lecturer 
Discipline: Psychology


  • BA (Hons)
  • PhD

Teaching areas

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Research Supervision

Research interests

My research interest is primarily within the field of emotion and the ways in which different emotions influence what we perceive, how we behave, and what we remember. I am particularly interested in a) the way our physical emotional reactions modulate memory formation and consolidation, and b) the psychological and physiological processes that underlie rewarding experiences and how they reinforce continued adaptive (e.g. goal persistence) and maladaptive (e.g. substance abuse and problem gambling) behaviour. An example of my research approach is to use highly rewarding and activating music to elicit an emotional response, then to test whether this response enhances memory for related information. Other research I am interested in is the influence of alcohol advertising and marketing on drinking behaviours and attitudes, particularly in adolescents, women, and migrant populations.


Refereed journal articles

Carr, S. M., & Rickard, N. S. (2015). The use of emotionally arousing music to enhance memory for subsequently presented images. Psychology of Music, doi: 10.1177/0305735615613846.

O'Brien, K. S., Carr, S., Ferris, J., Room, R., Miller, P., Livingston, M., . . . Lynott, D. (2015). Alcohol advertising in sport and non-sport TV in Australia, during children's viewing times. PLoS one, 10(8), e0134889.

Carr, S., O'Brien, K. S., Ferris, J., Room, R., Livingston, M., Vandenberg, B., . . . Lynott, D. (2015). Child and adolescent exposure to alcohol advertising in Australia's major televised sports. Drug and Alcohol Review, doi: 10.1111/dar.12326
Carr, S. M., Phillips, J. G., & Meehan, J. W. (2008). Non-target flanker effects on movement in a virtual action centred reference frame. Experimental brain research, 184(1), 95-103, doi: 10.1007/s00221-007-1078-x

Published conference presentations

Carr, S. M., O'Brien, K. S., & Lynott, D. (2015). Exploring the influence of televised sport on automatic alcohol-related cognitions and behaviour. Paper presented at the APSAD 2015 Conference, Perth,
Carr, S. M., & Rickard, N. S. (2010). The influence of music on memory for images. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Seattle, US.
Carr, S.M. and Rickard, N.S. (2008). An exploration of how music can modify long term memory. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition, Sapporo, Japan. 

Book chapters

Carr, S. M., & Rickard, N. S. (2010). Facilitatory effects of music on memory: A review of the potential role of emotional arousal. In L. C. Ecklund & A. S. Nyman (Eds.), Learning and Memory Developments and Intellectual Disabilities (pp. 173-187). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.