Students at CEPET

Students at CEPET

Thenille Braun

Thenille Braun - PhD Candidate


Office: Australian Hearing Hub/ Level 3 – North

Phone: 9850-6747

Thenille Braun Janzen is completing her PhD at the Psychology Department, Macquarie University, in a Cotutelle Program with the Department of Neuroscience & Behaviour at University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music (2008) and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience (2010) from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Before joining CEPET to complete her PhD research, she worked as a research intern at the Music, Mind & Brain Lab at Goldsmiths University of London (UK), under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Stewart.

Her main research interest is in music cognition and action, and her studies have focused on human timing. Her PhD research concerns the cognitive and motor processes by which individuals acquire elite levels of expertise and performance skill. One project investigates different types of timing skill (emergent and event timing) by examining timed movements in elite athletes and musicians. Timing is essential to both athletic pursuits (e.g., swimming, rowing) and music performance (e.g., piano playing), but whereas athletes tend to engage in smooth continuous movements (emergent timing), musicians must also develop elite skills in discrete timing (keeping to a regular beat).

The second project examines the development of timing mechanisms. These experiments focus on school-aged children in years 5 - 9. The goal of this study is to examine the development of timing skills in children and adolescents with varying degrees of musical skill and training: non musicians, moderately trained musicians, and elite musicians.

Thomas Loveday

Thomas Loveday - PhD Candidate

Graduating from the UNSW Organisational Psychology Master’s program in 2009, Thomas Loveday is a registered psychologist with a background in user interface design and evaluation. Joining CEPET to complete his PhD research, Thomas investigated the cognitive mechanisms that facilitate expert performance, with a focus on the association between cue utilisation and system diagnosis. As part of this research, Thomas was heavily involved in the development and validation of EXPERTise. This validation research produced several high quality publications in leading human factors journals and has been presented at leading human factors, psychology and design conferences.

Since 2011, Thomas has taught human factors and organisational psychology units at Macquarie University. He has also provided training to paediatricians at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and power controllers at Transpower, NZ.
Journal Article

  • Auton, J. C., Wiggins, M. W., Searle, B. J., Loveday, T., & Xu, N. (Accepted) Prosodic cues used during perceptions of non-understandings in radio communication. Journal of Communication.
  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., Searle, B. J., Festa, M., & Schell, D. (2012). The capability of static and dynamic features to distinguish competent from genuinely expert practitioners in pediatric diagnosis. Human Factors.
  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., Harris, J., Smith, N., & O’Hare, D. (2012). An Objective Approach to Identifying Diagnostic Expertise Amongst Power System Controllers. Human Factors.
  • Denson, N., Loveday, T., & Dalton, H. (2010). Student evaluation of courses: what predicts satisfaction? Higher Education Research and Development, 29 (4), 339 - 356.

Book Chapters

  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., Festa, M., Schell, D., & Twigg, D. (in press). Pattern Recognition as a Measure of Diagnostic Expertise: Identifying Domain Experts in Pediatrics and Power Control. Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing. Springer-Verlag.

Conference Proceedings

  • Wiggins, M. W., Azar, D., & Loveday, T. (2012). The relationship between pre-flight decision-making and cue utilisation Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Boston, Massachusetts: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Auton, J. C., Wiggins, M. W., & Loveday, T. (2012). Prosodic cues that signal non-understandings to power control operators during radio communication Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Boston, Massachusetts: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., Festa, M., & Schell, D. (2012). Identifying diagnostic experts: Measuring the antecedents to pattern recognition. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Application and Methods, 6th - 8th January 2012.  Vilamoura, Portugal: Institute for System and Technologies of Information Control and Communication.
  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., & Harris, J.M. (2011). The relationship between domain-relevant and abstract assessments of diagnostic reasoning ability. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 19th - 23rd September 2011. Las Vegas, Nevada: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., Harris, J. M., Smith, N., & O’Hare, D. (2011). Experience produces competence, not necessarily expertise: Revelations from a cue-based assessment of expert performance. Presented to the 9th Industrial and Organisation Psychology Conference, 23rd - 26th June 2011. Brisbane, Queensland: Australian Psychological Society.
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