Our projects

Our projects

A key strength of CEPET is its multi-disciplinary team and approach to issues surrounding the acquisition, maintenance, and loss of expertise.


Click on the project titles below to learn more about research at CEPET

Enhancing lifeguard performance: A multidisciplinary approach

Lifeguards are vital for maintaining public safety at aquatic venues. However despite their presence, fatal and non fatal drownings occur every year with little known about the factors that affect vigilance, scanning and sustained attention in such a complex, dynamic environment.

This Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project, in collaboration with YMCA NSW, aims to improve the timely identification of swimmers at risk of drowning by drawing on a range of theoretical, empirical, and methodological approaches from the disciplines of organisational psychology, human factors, cognitive science and computer science. Anticipated outcomes are evidence-based solutions for selecting, training and maintaining the performance of lifeguards that account for both organisational and individual factors.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Barbara Griffin (barbara.griffin@mq.edu.au).

Virtual and augmented reality in accounting 

How will VR and AR technologies disrupt or benefit the accounting profession?

As opportunities across virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) emerge, industries are experiencing a shift in the way they operate. There has also been a significant contribution from our team towards applying VR to disaster planning and data visualisation across a number of professions. However, there has been limited amounts of research aimed at identifying the implications of this technology for the business community. There is also a gap in regards to how accountants are affected by these technological advancements.

This research project will deliver an insight into how VR and AR contribute to the accounting industry. Experiments will be undertaken by relying on demonstrations of current technology in MQ’s VR lab. The project will develop an in-depth commentary surrounding the extent to which primary accounting responsibilities – such as auditing, mergers, and management accounting – can be changed by VR and AR.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli (manolya.kavakli@mq.edu.au).

Predicting the diagnostic performance of individuals and organisations 

Organisations currently rely on the specific diagnostic skillsets of employees within their teams and these qualifications are rarely assessed once gained. As a result, methods that can prevent diagnostic errors from happening are not carried out efficiently.

This project is tailored towards testing a new approach that allows for the assessment of diagnostic skills, based on how a response is given by the individual skilled operator. This analysis will give insights on how to prevent these occurrences in the future, and how organisations can improve operational productivity as a result.

For more information, please contact Professor Mark Wiggins (mark.wiggins@mq.edu.au).

Violent music: Social, psychological, and neurological implications

Addressing the various forms and trends of violent music, this project will assess short and long-term effects on both mental and emotional states. Touching on aggression, cognitive functions and neurological capabilities, the research will delve into the correlation between these aspects and themes situated in violent music.

The project intends to establish an empirically driven model that outlines the specific connections between listening, thought patterns, actions, and the behaviours that come as a result.

For more information, please contact Prof. Bill Thompson (bill.thompson@mq.edu.au).

Understanding creativity in movement-based expertise

Movement-based expertise is an important aspect of elite performance in domains such as sport, music, and dance. Actions in these domains are all bound by constraints such as the physics of the human body or musical instrument and the pre-determined rules that govern lawful behaviours. However, within such constraints lies vast room for creative actions that can provide functional and aesthetic benefits to the performer and perceiver.

This project aims to systematically investigate and understand shared mechanisms underlying one specific aspect of movement-based expertise: creative action. In this context we ask: are there common mechanisms that explain expert creative action across multiple domains, and can knowledge of such mechanisms be used to predict the likelihood of future elite creative performers?

This knowledge will ultimately be used to develop a diagnostic tool designed to assess individuals’ capacity or propensity for creative action, implemented across domains where creativity in movement-based expertise is key to elite performance.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au).

Emotional regulation and physical activity

To date, no study has compared the responses of participants engaging in sedentary versus more active/aerobic activity under comparable conditions. Accordingly, the aim of this study will focus on the role of aerobic exercise in emotion regulation and selective attention in a non-clinical sample.

Building on previous research this study aims to disentangle exercise as an outcome of emotional well-being. Furthermore, for the first time selective attention will be explored as a mediating factor between physical activity and emotion regualtion.

It is predicted that moderate aerobic exercise may help attenuate negative emotions for participants initially experiencing regulatory difficulties and that improvements in executive functioning may help explain this relationship.

For more information, please contact Mr. Glenn Warry (glenn.warry@mq.edu.au) or Ms. Teresa Martin (teresa-lynn.martin@students.mq.edu.au).

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