2018 Colloquia Series

2018 Colloquia Series

Upcoming CEPET Colloquia


Professor Peter Keller, Western Sydney University, Australia

Professor Peter Keller is the leader of our Music Cognition and Action research program and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. His research aims at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts, specifically the cognitive and motor processes that enable ensemble musicians to coordinate with one another. Click here to read more about Professor Keller's research.

  • Title: Individual differences in real-time interpersonal coordination skills
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday March 21, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: Skilled joint action in elite team sports and musical ensemble performance showcases the remarkable human ability to coordinate movements with rhythms produced by other individuals. Such interpersonal coordination requires participants to anticipate and adapt to each other’s action timing. While temporal anticipation and adaptation are grounded in fundamental sensory-motor mechanisms, the capacity for precise interpersonal coordination is nevertheless characterized by individual differences. I will present the results of studies investigating the behavioural and brain bases of these individual differences in simple sensorimotor synchronization tasks and more naturalistic joint drumming tasks that vary in difficulty (constant vs. variable tempo) and leadership dynamics (leader assigned vs. not assigned). The sources of observed individual differences are examined using a computational model that quantifies the degree to which each individual engages in temporal anticipation and adaptation. Correlations between these individual differences and aspects of personality are informative about links between basic sensory-motor mechanisms and social-cognitive processes supporting real-time interpersonal coordination. Finally, I will present the results of recent work addressing the modifiability of temporal anticipation and adaptation skills through training and non-invasive brain stimulation.

Completed CEPET Colloquia in 2017-18

Professor Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University, USA

  • Title: Mapping and Cognitive Mapping
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Thursday January 25, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Assistant Professor Jared Medina, University of Delaware, USA

  • Title: The cognitive neuropsychology of body representations
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Thursday November 23, 2017
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli-Thorne, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: Expertise building in design using augmented reality
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Wednesday September 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Emeritus Professor Gerry Fogarty, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

  • Title: Psychology, high performance, and military aviation
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Tuesday August 22, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Dan Simons, University of Illinois, USA

  • Title: Do 'Brain Training' Programs Work?
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Tuesday June 20, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Associate Professor Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Title: Youth high-performance football environments: Current research and trends
  • Where: Room 3.610, level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday May 23, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Robert Vallerand, Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social Université du Québec à Montréal and the Australian Catholic University

  • Title: On the two roads to excellence: The role of passion
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Thursday February 16, 2017
  • Time: 12:00-1:00pm

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