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Research Workshops and Events


Opening minds: Civil discourse in an uncivil age - the quest for a post-partisan citizenship

Speaker: Alexander Heffner, Public Broadcasting Service Show, USA

Date & Time: Tuesday 21st November 2017, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Venue: The Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University

Faculty Lecture.

Divisiveness today is a pervasive plague on discourse and governance. Social media proliferate clickbait, fake news and filter bubbles. Algorithms polarize information intake. So what are possible prescriptions to correct this vicious cycle? How can our digital footprint translate into prosocial rather than antisocial behavior? How can the press restore faith in the democratic process?

Join us for this enlightening talk by one of the most well-known public affairs program hosts in the world.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

An audio recording of this public lecture can be accessed here.


Workshop: Introduction to R

Presenter: Dr Peter Humburg, Faculty Statistician

Date & Time: Thursday 23rd November 2017, 9.00am - 4.00pm

Venue: Macquarie Theatre Active Learning Space, 21 Wally's Walk (W2.4A 2.300)

Faculty of Human Sciences Workshop Series: Data Analysis and Statistics.

If you want to learn how to use R for your data analysis without having to know anything about either R or Statistics, this workshop is for you. You will learn how to import data into R, how to process data to prepare for analysis, and how to use R to create plots to visualise and explore data. There will be plenty of opportunities to try things out yourself. All you'll need is a laptop and an interest in learning R.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

The slides from this workshop can be accessed here.


Workshop: Power Analysis and Sample Size Estimation

Presenter: Dr Peter Humburg, Faculty Statistician

Date & Time: Thursday 7th December 2017, 10.00am - 1.00pm

Venue: Macquarie Theatre Active Learning Space, 21 Wally's Walk (W2.4A 2.300)

Faculty of Human Sciences Workshop Series: Data Analysis and Statistics.

Are you trying to figure out how many samples you'll need for the new study you are planning? This workshop will cover the fundamentals of power analysis and provide you with an opportunity to apply them to your own study. You'll need to bring a laptop, the details of a study for which you'd like to conduct a power analysis and some enthusiasm.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

The slides from this workshop can be accessed here.


Probing Fast and Accurate Perceptual Categorisation Using Periodicity

Presenter: Dr Genevieve Quek, University of Louvain, Belgium

Date & Time: Thursday 15th February 2018, 10.30am - 11.30am

Venue: Marri Room (3.610), Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub

Perception in Action Research Centre (PARC)

The defining characteristic of effective perceptual categorisation in real world environments is speed in the face of high categorical diversity. An object in a visual scene is a potential member of a great number of categories, yet we appear to recognise objects in a near-automatic fashion, rarely making errors. To understand how the brain achieves this remarkable efficiency, we must impose the twin constraints of speed and categorical diversity in the lab – something that remains challenging for many existing visual paradigms. A novel approach that aims to achieve this is Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation (FPVS). In this paradigm, we record high-density EEG while participants view a rapid stream of natural object images from many different visual categories (e.g., 6 Hz). By periodically inserting exemplars of a specific category into this stream (e.g., a face as every 5th image), we can objectively isolate that category’s differential neural response at the exact frequency of presentation (e.g., 6 Hz/5 = 1.2 Hz). In this seminar Dr Quek will argue that FPVS indexes visual processing that is subject to the same constraints that underlie effective real world perceptual categorisation, and show how it can be used to interrogate questions related to both bottom-up and top-down influences on face and object recognition.


Sleep and Development: Familial and Sociocultural Considerations
*Cancelled*

Presenters: Professor Jo Buckhalt and Professor Mona El-Sheikh, Auburn University, USA

Date & Time: Wednesday 28th February 2018, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Venue: 801 Function Room, 12 Wally's Walk (E7A)

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

The presenters will both talk about results of research they have done with several cohorts of families for several years from the time their children were around 8 years old through adolescence. A central question has been how sleep problems early on affect cognitive, academic, and behavioral outcomes later on.


Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at humansciencesresearch@mq.edu.au

Faculty Public Lecture Series 2017


The ABCs of OCD: Understanding and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in children

Professor Eric Storch, University of South Florida (USA)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

This eagerly anticipated event should be required listening for parents and teachers of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder emotional problems, and an equally intriguing lecture for academics, health professionals and students. Attendees will gain an understanding of the symptoms of OCD, the familial and individual factors that maintain symptoms and the available evidence-based treatments. Professor Storch will also reveal cutting-edge developments in the field of OCD and will show us how families and health professionals can implement a treatment plan to help young people overcome OCD.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

An audio recording of this public lecture can be accessed here.


Bright and Early: Maximising potential through high-quality early childhood education

Professor Diane Horm, University of Oklahoma (USA)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Addressing educational disadvantage is a big challenge not only in Australia but also around the world. Visiting from the University of Oklahoma (Tulsa campus), Professor Diane Horm will discuss how high-quality early childhood education can narrow the gap of educational achievement for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She will also focus on the innovative Educare program, an early education intervention program currently spreading across the United States that is funded and delivered through a philanthropic and community partnership model.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

An audio recording of this public lecture can be accessed here.


Changing our Minds: How modern environments are impacting our brain activity

Dr Tara Thiagarajan

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

How does the technology we use affect our brains? Does our income level have a relationship to our brain waves? Find out these answers and more from Dr Tara Thiagarajan, a scientist and entrepreneur with a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. She currently holds roles as Chairperson, Chief Scientist and Managing Director of various companies and is also the Founder of Sapien Labs, a research organisation dedicated to understanding the diversity of brain dynamics across humanity. Dr Thiagarajan’s work focuses on new approaches to drive understanding of how environment influences human brain diversity and, in turn, economic outcome. This will be a highly relevant and exciting event, perfect for all those living and researching within modern society.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

An audio recording of this public lecture can be accessed here.


Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at humansciencesresearch@mq.edu.au

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