News and events

News and events

News

Events

Research Workshops and Events


Recent research on pathological narcissism and NPD: Impact on alliance building and treatment interventions

Speaker: Associate Professor Elsa Ronningstam, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Date & Time: Wednesday 8th November 2017, 10.00am - 11.00am

Venue: Senate Room 310, Building C8A, Macquarie University

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

This talk is focused on integrating recent research on emotion regulation and empathic functioning with specific relevance for agency, control, and decision-making in narcissistic personality disorder (NPD, conceptualized as self direction in DSM 5 Section III). The neuroscientific studies of emotion regulation and empathic capability can provide some significant information regarding the neurological/ neuropsychological underpinnings to narcissistic personality functioning. Deficiencies in emotion processing, compromised empathic functioning, and motivation can influence narcissistic self-regulation and agential direction and competence in social interactions and interpersonal intimate relationships. The aim is to expand our understanding of pathological narcissism and NPD and suggest relevant implications for building a collaborative treatment alliance.

All welcome, no RSVP required.


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.

More information and registration available here. Please register by 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017.


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.

To register, please email Peter (peter.humburg@mq.edu.au) by 5pm on Thursday 16th November.


Towards a model of reading

Speaker: Professor Erik Reichle, Department of Psychology

Date & Time: Wednesday 29th November 2017, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Venue: Senate Room 310, Building C8A, Macquarie University

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

Computational models have been developed to explain the cognitive processes involved in reading (Reichle, 2015), including word identification (e.g., Perry et al., 2007), sentence processing (e.g., Lewis & Vasishth, 2005), the representation of discourse (e.g., Frank et al., 2003), and how the systems that mediate these processes interact with the systems that guide the eyes and attention during reading (e.g., Reichle et al., 2012). In this talk, I will describe my efforts to develop a more comprehensive description of reading by embedding models of word-identification, sentence-processing, and discourse- representation within the framework of the E-Z Reader model of eye-movement control during reading (Reichle, forthcoming). The goal of this work is to develop a framework for simulating both on- and off-line behaviours during reading (e.g., the patterns of eye movements made during reading, the content of the text later remembered, etc.), and by doing so, to gain a better understanding of reading in its entirety.

All welcome, no RSVP required.


Oxytocin: The power of a fine-tuned system

Speaker: Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman, University of Adelaide

Date & Time: Friday 1st December 2017, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Venue: Senate Room 310, Building C8A, Macquarie University

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

Oxytocin is a neuropeptide capable of affecting both behaviour and physiology. Large individual differences exist in the levels of our endogenous oxytocin, both at baseline and in response to social stimuli. This raises interesting questions about the way oxytocin can help each of us to manage social situations and how for example intranasal oxytocin can improve any deficiencies. Do we have the same “hardware” to target? Oxytocin neurons and oxytocin can impact on a range of other physiological systems in a bi-directional manner which helps regulate stress, reward and decision making among others. Are some of the individual differences that we see in behaviour and physiology a result of oxytocins ability to impact on these? And how does early life impact on the developing oxytocin system? Does it affect receptor levels or how systems interact? Our understanding of the oxytocin system is growing rapidity, as is our understanding of the nuanced effect that oxytocin has. It is now important to investigate what causes individual differences in oxytocin systems, as the potential positive impact of further fine tuning this system are wide spread. A hypothesis is presented of the impact of early experiences on oxytocin and how this affects vulnerability to stress and addiction later in life.

All welcome, no RSVP required.


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.

To register, please email Peter (peter.humburg@mq.edu.au) by 5pm on Thursday 30th November.


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

Back to the top of this page