Dr Ben Lane

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Dr Ben Lane


Teaching areas

  • Psychology

Research areas

  • Darknet markets
  • Human factors
  • Attentional biases
  • Body image
  • Mental Health
  • Health


Dr Ben Lane is a Research Fellow in Cyber Security with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law. His primary focus is on applying human factors methods, such as task analysis, cognitive work analysis and event analysis of systemic teamwork, to optimise interventions in illicit dark net marketplaces. This role involves collaboration with iDcare and other partner organisations to co-design research solutions to problems that arise in the rapidly evolving cyber sector.

Ben has diverse research interests, with publications in areas ranging from autism spectrum disorders to body image and mental health. He recently completed his PhD in psychology, investigating attentional processes related to body image, and has lectured in introductory psychology, health psychology and positive psychology. Ben maintains interests in health and mental health alongside his current focus in cyber security.

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  • University Medal for highest academic achievement in Faculty of Arts and Business - USC (2012)
  • Runner-up in 3 Minute Thesis competition - USC (2013)
  • Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship (2013)
  • APS Prize in Psychology - USC and Australian Psychological Society (2013)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2013-2016)
Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students
  • The application of human factors methods to darknet market activity
  • The psychology of illicit online behaviour
  • Identity theft
  • Cognitive biases underlying body image disturbances.
Featured Publications
  • Lane, B. R., Mulgrew, K. E, Mahar, D., White, M. J., & Loughnan, S. A. The effects of priming in a cued dot-probe task on appearance-related attentional biases in women. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2017.
  • Katsikitis, M., Lane, B. R., Ozols, I., & Statham, D. Consumer and carer perspectives in the development of a mental health research, treatment, and teaching facility: A thematic analysis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 2017.
  • Lovell, G. P., Nash, K., Sharman, R., & Lane, B. R. A cross-sectional investigation of depressive, anxiety, and stress symptoms and health-behavior participation in Australian university students. Nursing and Health Sciences. 2015.
  • Mulgrew, K. E., Johnson, L. M., Lane, B. R., & Katsikitis, M. The effect of aesthetic versus process images on men’s body satisfaction. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 2014.
  • Lane, B. R., Paynter, J., & Sharman, R. Parent and teacher ratings of adaptive and challenging behaviours in young children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2013.
Research Grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Consumer and carer attitudes in the establishment of a mental health research, teaching, and treatment facility on the Sunshine Coast. Katsikitis (CI), Lane, Ozols, & Statham USC (A$7500) 2014-2015 This project began dialogue and partnership with consumers of mental health services, and carers of such individuals, to identify their needs and the limitations of services in the local region.
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