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New Research on the Animal Origins of Disgust

Trevor CaseJune, 2019. A new study from Dr Trevor Case and Professor Richard Stevenson surveys great ape researchers, fieldworkers, & keepers for signs of disgust in nonhuman great apes. Their findings suggest that disgust-like reactions may not be limited to humans. Indeed, Chimp mums usually clean themselves at once if they are accidentally dirtied by the excrement of their infant.

The peer-reviewed article has been published online by the American Psychological Association.

A/Prof Sachiko Kinoshita gives Ross Day Plenary Lecture at EPC 2019

Sachiko EPC 2019April, 2018. A/Prof. Sachiko Kinoshita from the Department of Psychology gave the Ross Day Plenary Lecture on April 26th at the most recent Experimental Psychology Conference, held in Wellington, New Zealand. The title of Sachiko’s talk was: “Reconsidering the automaticity of reading: Insights from the Bayesian reader.” Congratulations Sachiko on this prestigious accolade!

On a related note, we are proud to announce that the 2021 Experimental Psychology Conference will be hosted by the Macquarie University Department of Psychology.

Prof Mark Wiggins Speaks to 2SER About Drowning Prevention

Mark WigginsMarch, 2019. The last few summers have been horrible for drownings and near-drownings in Australian waterways. Foreign visitors and international students are over-represented in these tragic statistics. Often visitors to our shores are unable to read the cues and signs of dangerous water conditions that come with an upbringing around pools, the beach, and rivers. Research out of Macquarie University, recently published in The Lighthouse, is seeking to reduce risks and educate visitors using software originally designed for industry management.

Radio station 2SER spoke to Professor Mark Wiggins of the Department of Psychology and Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training at Macquarie University to find out more.

Prof Mike Richardson Awarded Prestigious ARC Future Fellowship

Mike RichardsonAugust, 2018. Department of Psychology Professor Mike Richardson was recently awarded a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship for his project entitled 'Modelling human perceptual-motor interaction for human-machine applications', worth $993,643 AUD.

This project aims to develop a new modelling framework for identifying the perceptual-motor processes that underlie cooperative and competitive human interaction. The project will also determine whether this modelling framework can be combined with modern machine-learning methods to develop artificial agents capable of human level performance. Expected outcomes will include a practical methodology for rapidly generating models of effective human interaction that can be easily implemented in human-machine systems. This will provide a richer understanding of the fundamental perceptual-motor processes that support robust human interaction and enhanced the effectiveness of human-machine collaboration and training technologies.


The Science of Hoarding

Melissa NorbergWhat is hoarding disorder, why does it develop and how can it be treated? Join Associate Professor Melissa Norberg, Deputy Director for the Centre of Emotional Health at Macquarie University, at the State Library on August 8 to learn why we can be motivated to acquire possessions we do not need.

When & Where: Thursday, August 8 2019. 11:00am-12:00pm, Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

More details including free booking.

PsychMAD: Making Behaviour Change Research Useful

Charles AbrahamProfessor Charles Abraham from the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences joined us in May to talk about how scientists can optimise behaviour change research so as to maximise practice relevance and health impact.

When & Where: Thursday May 23, 3-4pm, Hearing Hub Building, Level 3, Room 3.610, Macquarie University.

More details including a biography and abstract of the talk.

3rd Annual Workshop of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET)

CEPET WorkshopThe Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET) held its third annual research workshop on April 29, 2019. This year's workshop focused on the theme of ‘Attention and Distraction in Expertise’. The workshop was a huge success with nine fascinating and engaging talks and over 60 participants throughout the course of the day.

Visit the workshop website for more details.

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Content owner: Department of Psychology Last updated: 13 Jun 2019 2:25pm

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