2018 Colloquia Series

2018 Colloquia Series

Upcoming CEPET Colloquia


Professor Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University, USANora Newcombe

Nora S. Newcombe, Ph.D., is a Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Newcombe was educated at Antioch College, where she graduated with a major in psychology in 1972; and at Harvard University, where she received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Relations in 1976. Dr. Newcombe has served as Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and as Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin, as well as on numerous editorial boards and grant review panels. She is currently an Associate Editor for Cognitive Psychology and for Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. Honors include the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development, the William James Fellow Award from APS, the George Miller Award and the G. Stanley Hall Awards from APA, the Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, also from APA, and the Women in Cognitive Science Mentor Award.

  • 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
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: The proposal that humans can develop cognitive maps of their environment has a long and controversial history. I have suggested an individual-differences approach to this question instead of a normative one. Specifically, some people may derive flexible map-like representations from information acquired during navigation whereas others store much less accurate information. Our research uses a virtual-reality paradigm in which two routes are learned and must be related to each other. It defines 3 groups: Integrators, Non-integrators, and Imprecise Navigators. These groups show distinctive patterns of spatial skills and working memory, as well as personality. More recently, we have looked at the development of navigation skills, in children and adolescents, in expert geologists, and in undergraduates taking GIS courses compared to students taking Communications courses.

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: TBC
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: TBC
  • Time: TBC
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: TBC

Completed CEPET Colloquia in 2017

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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