2017 Colloquia Series

2017 Colloquia Series

Jared Medina

Upcoming CEPET Colloquia in 2017

Assistant Professor Jared Medina, University of Delaware, USA

Jared Medina is an Assistant Professor in the Psychological and Brain Science department at the University of Delaware.  He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2006 working under Brenda Rapp, and was a postdoctoral fellow with H. Branch Coslett at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on how the brain represents the body and space around us, using evidence from cognitive neuropsychology, brain stimulation (TMS), functional neuroimaging, and behavioral studies with neurologically-intact individuals.

  • 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
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: Individuals with impairments after amputation (phantom limbs) and brain damage have contributed to the concept of a “body schema” – an online, multisensory representation of the body in space. While the concept of the body schema has been of some heuristic value, its utility is limited by a lack of specificity. To that effect, we have proposed a new account of sensorimotor body representation – dissociating the traditional “body schema” into different subsystems. In this talk, I will discuss how evidence from individuals with brain damage can contribute to a greater understanding of how we represent the body in space. First, I will discuss how evidence from both behavioral testing and functional neuroimaging with brain-damaged individuals provides insight into plasticity and tactile localization. Next, I will use evidence from individuals with tactile and crossmodal synchiria to understand the role of interhemispheric inhibition in representing stimuli on and around the body. Finally, I will present evidence from novel illusions using a mirror box to demonstrate how stored body representations influence both multisensory integration and our sense of embodiment.

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: Postponed until early 2018. Date and time TBC
  • Time: TBC
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: TBC

Completed CEPET Colloquia in 2017

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 Septemeber 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

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: Lecture Theatre 1.200, Level 1, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • 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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