Tag Archives: 2013 Research Excellence Awards

Understanding the mechanisms of selective attention: insights from the Reach-to-Touch Paradigm

As we move through the world, we are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of visual, auditory, and tactile information. Yet we effortlessly filter this immense datastream by selectively attending to the information that is relevant for current goals.

Cognitive training enhances neurophysiological responses in “at risk” older adults

Cognitive training may have the capacity to delay or slow cognitive decline in older adults ‘at risk’ of dementia; however little is known about its capacity to alter underlying brain functioning.

Investigation into the factors that promote development and expansion of spinal cord cysts

Spinal cord cysts (syringomyelia) occur in approximately 28% of patients following spinal cord injury. The underlying mechanisms for syringomyelia development and expansion are still poorly understood.

Corticosteroid nasal irrigations after endoscopic sinus surgery for recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis

A new treatment of corticosteroid nasal irrigations after endoscopic sinus surgery which combines the therapeutic effects of sinus surgery and effective delivery of corticosteroid is proposed.

The ecology of bizarre aquatic microbial slime communities deep beneath the Nullarbor desert

It has traditionally been thought that almost all life on earth ultimately derives its energy from sunlight. However, deep below ground certain microbes can use chemicals to generate energy.

The effects of high saturated fat and refined sugar diets on brain regions associated with appetite regulation

The typical Western diet, high in saturated fat and refined sugar (HFS) has been shown to adversely affect cognition, particularly cognitive functions associated with the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex.