2019 Colloquia Series

2019 Colloquia Series

Dom McNeil

Next CEPET Colloquium


Dr Dominic McNeil, University of New England, Australia

Dr Dominic McNeil is employed as Lecturer of Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of New England, Australia. He is an early career researcher, having completed his PhD through the University of Ballarat (now Federation University) in 2015. His research interests include cognitive and sport psychology, with a specific focus on imagery, perceptual-cognitive skills and motor cognition.

  • Title: Exploring imagery rehearsal for perceptual-motor skills: Do conceptual issues restrict imagery effectiveness?
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: Many sports involve dynamic situations that require athletes to constantly adapt their actions in response to the complex temporal and spatial stimulus occurring. The ability to respond is often based upon perceptual-motor skills where perception informs motor preparation and motor performance. One approach recommended to improve perceptual-motor skills in sport is imagery. Imagery is defined as the representations and the accompanying experience of sensory information without a direct external stimulus. The advantage of imagery, as identified by functional equivalence research, is that imagery performance behaviourally and neurologically resembles overt physical performance. That is, imagery is beneficial because the image generated contains realistic sensory, perceptual and affective characteristics that would be present during overt performance. While the realistic representation of imagery is beneficial for many skills required in sport, it remains unclear whether imagery rehearsal is effective for perceptual-motor skills required to react to stimulus unpredictability. Notably, due to the conceptual nature of imagery, it is possible that issues may arise that impacts the use of imagery for perceptual-motor skills. This presentation will outline conceptual and theoretical issues associated with imagery use, and detail research conducted examining imagery rehearsal for perceptual-motor tasks highlighting potential issues.

Past CEPET Colloquia

Professor Robert Vallerand, Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social Université du Québec à Montréal

  • Title: The Role of Passion in Performance
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

Dr David Kaplan, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: Sensorimotor Learning in Complex Environments
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday May 21, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

A/Prof Antonio Di Ieva, Department of Clinical Medicine, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: The AI-Augmented Physician: A Clinical Neuroscience Perspective
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday April 9, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

Dr. Kristina Brümmer, Institute of Sport Science, University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • Title: Coordination in sports teams: Sociological perspectives and ethnographic insights
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday February 20, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

Professor Isabelle Peretz, International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research, Université de Montréal, Canada

  • Title: Extraordinary variations of musicality
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday February 6, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

Associate Professor Susanne Ravn, University of Southern Denmark

  • Title: Improvisation and sense of agency: The case of dancers
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 2:30-3:30pm

Dr. Egbert Stolk, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

  • Title: Grip on complexity: Learning from urban design expertise
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday June 27, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Professor Peter Keller, Western Sydney University, Australia

  • 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

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

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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