CEPET Annual Conference

CEPET Annual Conference

2017 CEPET Annual Conference

'Social and Cognitive Benefits of Skill Acquisition'

As part of its commitment to collaboration and knowledge sharing, CEPET hosted its second annual conference in 2017 at Macquarie University on October 9-10. The theme for the 2017 conference was the 'Social and Cognitive Benefits of Skill Acquisition'. The multidisciplinary Annual CEPET Conference included presentations from both academia and industry, with the overarching goal of exploring the latest developments in expertise research. There were four paper sessions over the two-day event: Sport and Movement, Health, Arts, and Expertise in High Risk, High Consequence Settings.

Please see below for an overview of the program and biographies of the four keynote speakers. Click here to download the final program.

Day 1: Monday, October 9, 2017




Introduction and welcome


Keynote 1: Prof. Rich Masters (University of Waikato, New Zealand)


Morning tea


Paper session 1: Sport and Movement




Paper session 2: Expertise in High Risk, High Consequence Settings


Afternoon tea


Keynote 2: Dr. Mel Taylor (Macquarie University)


Conference networking drinks @ MQ UBAR

Day 2: Tuesday October 10, 2017




Keynote 3: Prof. Bonnie Barber (Griffith University)


Morning tea


Paper session 3: Health




Paper session 4: Arts


Keynote 4: Prof. Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne)


Closing remarks and conference close

Keynote Speakers

Rich MastersProfessor Rich Masters

Faculty of Health, Sport, and Human Movement, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Professor Masters is interested in psychological markers of the way in which people learn and perform skills. His primary area of research in implicit motor learning shows that people can learn real-life movement skills with little or no conscious access to the knowledge that underlies the skills. Important performance advantages are associated with such learning. The work crosses discipline boundaries into rehabilitation, surgery, speech sciences, movement disorders, ageing, sports sciences, psychology and developmental disorders and disabilities.

Professor Masters will speak about "Acquiring skills implicitly: Pros and cons".

Dr Mel TaylorDr. Mel Taylor

Department of Psychology and CEPET, Macquarie University

Dr. Mel Taylor is an Occupational Psychologist based in the School of Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney. Her research focusses on low probability, high consequence events such as pandemics, terrorism, emergency animal diseases, and disasters. Key areas of research interest are psychosocial response and recovery, uptake of biosecurity practices and health protective behaviours, and risk communication strategies.

Dr. Taylor will speak about "When everyday expertise meets emergencies'.

Bonnie BarberProfessor Bonnie Barber

School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia

Professor Bonnie Barber is a developmental psychologist specialising in youth engagement and wellbeing. She is especially interested in the impact of young people’s leisure time activity pursuits and their use of technology.

Professor Barber will speak about 'Training grounds for successful life skills: The role of extracurricular activities in adolescence'.

Gary McPhersonProfessor Gary McPherson

Ormond Professor of Music and Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australia

Professor McPherson has served as the National President of the Australian and International Societies for Music Education and presented in over 23 countries around the world. He has published a number of books for Oxford University Press including co editing the Oxford Handbook of Music Education (2016), and editing the Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development (2016), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology and Ethnomusicology (2016) and Music in Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development and Identity (2012). He has also published around 200 articles and book chapters in music education, music psychology, and performance science.

Professor McPherson will speak about "Musical Prodigies: Early manifestations, catalysts, and outcomes".

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