Wednesday 18 January, 2017
The MARCS Institute, in partnership with the Music in the Brain initiative, invites local Sydney and NSW music instrumental teachers to register for an afternoon of scientific discussion.
Monday 6 February, 2017 - 1.00pm -2:00pm
In recent years, a new approach has emerged, based on the long-established tradition of perceptual adaptation, employing psychophysical measurement of perceived size and shape following exposure to "extreme" body stimuli.
Monday, 13 February, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm Institute Director, Professor Kate Stevens, will host the first MMM for 2017.This meeting will be a welcome back to existing MARCS staff and students and also an opportunity to welcome new students and staff to the institute.
Monday 20 February 2017 - 1.00pm Dr Martin Rolf from the Bernstein Center & Department of Psychology at Humboldt University will present on the topic: Attention in active vision.
In this talk, he will present a series of studies investigating how the preparation and execution of saccadic eye
movements affects the selective
allocation of visual attention, biasing functions as fundamental as visual perception and memory.
Monday 6 March 2017 Professor Whalen will outline aspects of the consistency of variability within speakers; re-examine the possible differences in variability in acoustics vs. articulation; and explore the possibility that variability has usefulness in establishing and maintaining flexibility both in production and in understanding the speech of others.
Monday, 27 March 2017 - 1.00pm A/Prof Bohn will present data from part of a larger research project studying autobiographical memories in Non-WEIRD populations, namlely: The Ik from Uganda, and the Nunggubuyu from Numbuluwar, Australia. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 1.00pm (Room BA.23.G.41) Professor Sebastian Moller presents research questions
currently addressed by the Quality and Usability lab at TU Berlin about designing new interaction experiences.
Monday, 27 March 2017 - 4.00pm This talk will provide a critical review of merits and faults of measures of similarity that have been used, and will then present some fresh data which compare two types of perceived similarity, Tulving's "perceptual" and "ecphoric" similarity. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown
Monday, 3 April 2017 - 1.00pm Dr Paula Sanz-Leon will present on computational modelling and neuroinformatics framework for large-scale brain simulations and explain a mathematical framework that allows you to express models from one single area (or tissue), to a few interconnected areas to the whole brain. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown
Monday, 24 April 2017 - 1.00pm Prof Grayden will present on a passive stent-electrode recording array called the "Stentrode" developed for brain-machine interfacing. This will negate the need for implanting electrodes into the brain via open craniotomy for people with spinal cord injury, loss of limb and other movement disorders. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown
Monday, 10 April 2017 - 1.00pm Dr Nora K Schaal will present on investigating neural correlates of pitch and rhythm memory using non-invasive brain simulation methods. She will discuss studies using transcranial direct current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation to modulate pitch and rhythm memory abilities. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown
Monday, 24 April 2017 - 4.00pm Professor Paula Fikkert will present on First language acquisition - what's production got to do with it? For more information on this interesting topic, please go to the summary below. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 10.00am High Impact Writing and Publishing Workshop presented by Professors Joe Wolfe (UNSW), Denis Burnham and Roger Dean. This workshop should not be missed by early career researchers seeking expert guidance in writing and submitting high impact publications. Registration is Essential!
Monday 19 June 2017 - 11.00am MARCS presents Robert Sazdov (MARCS Alumni, UTS) who will speak about his work since completing his PhD at MARCS. Robert is a composer, researcher, music producer and educator. His current research focuses on the perception of immersive audio and formulating compositional approaches for multi-channel configurations that includes elevated loudspeakers.
Monday 26 June 2017 - 11.00am This is the MARCS internal "knock out round" for the Research Impact Competition that will be held in October 2017. The winner of the knock out round will receive $2500 travel money and the runner up will get $1000 travel money. Come along and support your colleagues!
Monday, 26 June 2017 - 1.00pm Dr Anita Collins is an award winning Australian educator, academic and researcher in the area of music education, particularly in the impact of music education on cognitive development. Anita is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education at the University of Canberra. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown.
Monday, 3 July 2017 - 1.00pm Dr Jorg Buchholz will give a presentation on "Improving the ecological validity of laboratory-based speech tests". This presentation provides an overview of some of the research that is being conducted at the National Acoustic Laboratories to overcome the problems associated with laboratory-based performance measures of speech communication ability and hearing device benefit not correlating well with the performance reported and experienced by hearing-impaired subjects.
Monday, 14 August 2017 - 1.00pm Professor Scott Brown from University of Newcastle will present to MARCS on "How should cognitive scientists link behavioural data with other data streams (neural, genetic, etc)? Make sure to put this in your diary, as this interesting presentation should not be missed.
Sunday, 13th August 10.00am to 3pm Science in the Wild. Mount Annan Botanic Gardens. MARCS will be showcasing some of its research at this family friendly event which is being held during National Science Week. Admission is free! Don't miss this great opportunity to get out and about and experience everything that this popular event has to offer!
Monday 31 July 2017 - 11.00am Dr Karen Mulak will provide some handy hints and tips on how to write your thesis. This will be valuable to those about to embark, or currently writing a thesis. Not to be missed!
Monday 7 August 2017 - 11.00am We have two great presentations today: Hamid Sediqi will give a short presentation on "Blab Coats" and following will be a presentation on "A Climate for Denial" by environmental consultant and climate change expert Arek Sinanian.
Monday 21 August 2017 - 11.00am Jenny Yu will give a practice of her talk "Prosody and Syntactic Disambiguation in English and German: An Eye-tracking Study" for the Processing Prosody Workshop at University of Tuebingen and AMLaP at Lancaster University.
Monday 14 August 2017 - 1.00pm Professor Scott Brown talks about the nature of the problems that researchers face due to what they investigate. He addresses these issues using examples from my own work and others.
Monday 28 August 2017 - 11.00am Student Only MMM.
Dr Karen Hutchings will give a talk on grant writing for students and then June Chen will give a short presentation on the new clearance forms from REDI.
Monday, 18 September 2017 - 1.00pm Dr Michael Crosse from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York will be giving a presentation titled "Investigating the Neurophysiology of Natural Audiovisual Speech Processing using System Identification". Most of us know it can greatly help to understand what a speaker is saying when we can see the speaker's face - this is a principle known as inverse effectiveness where the speaker's facial movements relay information on not only about what the speaker is saying, but also when the speaker is saying it. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown.
Monday, 18 September 2017 - 11.00am Susan Robbins is the Research Services Coordinator in the WSU Library and will present on Data management and open access to data - Commonwealth and University processes. Susan will provide guidance and training on accessing and using data management tools available to students and researchers. Please bring your laptop with you to enable access to online university data management tools. Please don't miss this great hands-on opportunity to learn about Western's approach to Data Management.
Monday, 23 October 2017 - 11.00am Student Conference Experience Reports. MARCS students who have attended MARCS-funded overseas conferences will provide a brief presentation about their conference experience.
Monday, 6 November 2017 - 11.00am MCA Program Spotlight 2. In this second MCA program spotlight, MCA Program Leader Professor Peter Keller and program members, Bronson Harry and Ian Colley, will discuss their research, the tools they use and possible opportunities for collaboration.
Monday, 30 October 2017 - 1.00pm Professor Amanda Barnier from Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University will present on Transactive memory in small, intimate groups: More than the sum of their parts. Room 3.G.55, Bankstown.
Monday, 4 December 2017 - 11.00am This MMM is for students only and will have an open microphone for anyone who wants to share highlights of 2017. There will also be an open forum on the MMM program in an effort to optimise the program in 2018.