News and events
In this podcast, Dr Anina Rich describes synaethesia - where an ordinary stimulus gives an extraordinary response. Synaesthesia is not a disorder; it can provide us with a unique view of the integration that underlies perception. Synaesthetics may just be the “pioneers of perception”.
Professors Anne Castles and Genevieve McArthur feature in Outside the Square - a series of films to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia in our education system.
An all new study suggests for the first time the way synesthesia crosses into the written word may also apply to sign language. “The results demonstrate that this generalisation is not limited to spoken languages, but also occur in a manual language,” says Associate Professor Anina Rich. “The results are consistent with the idea that synaesthesia is predominantly mediated by conceptual links.”
Aphasia is a devastating condition that refers to a difficulty with speaking and understanding. Commonly occurring after stroke, aphasia has a profound impact on daily life and communication.
This free-to-download book, compiled by Associate Professor Anina Rich along with Rob Jenkins and Jan-Christoph Helinger, brings together advice from 76 academic mentors across 31 countries and 6 continents. Completed as part of her work with the Global Young Academy, Anina reflects that "some of the advice is directly contradictory, and both viewpoints are valuable! The global nature of the project means that we get some interesting insights into the type of advice that is given in different regions."
Meditation meets neuroscience
Authors Dr Vince Polito, Professor Amanda Barnier and Dr Rochelle Cox join The Conversation to discuss hypnosis in response to Channel Nine's game show: You're Back in the Room.
Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart reflects on a 50-year research career: "When I arrived at Macquarie in 1987, the University was not at all noted for research; now it is, I’m glad to say. Within my field, interdisciplinary collaboration is now vastly more common than it was, thanks to the internet: I have published papers with people I have never met, which could not have happened in 1987...."
Ben Mckelvey talks to Distinguished Professor Anne Castles from Macquarie's Department of Cognitive Science and a leading dyslexia researcher. They discuss how the human brain makes sense of the squiggly lines we call writing, how far the bounds of neuroplasticity really go, and how brain damage Ben suffered as a result of a stroke may be be similar to the effects of dyslexia on children.
This ABC Catalyst program explores how music could be used in awakening brain activity of people with advanced dementia. Featuring Professors Bill Tompson, Mark Williams and CCD's Professor Amanda Baird, reporter Dr Jonica Newby investigates the effect of music on the brain through recordings of her own brain activity as measured in the KIT-MQ Magnetoencephalography Facility.
Cognitive Science seminars
Join the Cognitive Science Department seminar series and connect with our staff members, students and visiting academics who will present research relevant to their area of focus. Seminars are usually held in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Seminar Room (at the Australian Hearing Hub, Level 3 Room 610) and are open to interested researchers and professionals.
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Human Sciences Research seminars
The Faculty of Human Sciences hosts special featured research seminars throughout the year at Macquarie University. The seminars focus on different research areas within the faculty and focus on special research areas that are either faculty specific or open to the general public.
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Upcoming conferences of interest in 2016:
- AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE ON PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (ACPID), Melbourne, 18-19 November 2016
- NEW HORIZONS 2016 – INNOVATIVE SCIENCE WITH IMPACT: STRENGTHENING ALLIANCES BETWEEN RESEARCH, PRACTICE AND INDUSTRY, Sydney, 21st – 22nd November 2016
- 2016 AUSTRALASIAN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE CONFERENCE, Shoal Bay, Thursday 24 November 2016
- ICBM 2016 - BEHAVIOURAL MEDICINE: MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE MODERN WORLD, Melbourne, 7-10 December 2016
- AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FOR AUTISM RESEARCH (ASfAR) 2016, Perth, 8-9 December 2016
Upcoming conferences in 2017:
- 2017 UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY INTERACTION CONFERENCE, Adelaide, 15-17 February 2017 - Call for papers, presentations, good practice case studies, next practice concepts and posters
- WORLD CONFERENCE ON MOVEMENT, Oxford UK, 9-11 July 2017