CCD Student Exchange Scheme
The CCD Student Exchange Scheme (2015 – 2018) promoted and rewarded the significant contributions that our students made each year in their nominated research fields. It gave our higher degree research candidates the opportunity to visit national and / or international laboratories in order to provide them with additional experience and research training. This more extensive research training together with the increased collaboration benefited the successful applicants as well as enhanced our Centre.
Laura McLaughlin Engfors (Person Perception Program, The University of Western Australia) visited Associate Professor Jeremy Wilmer from the Department of Psychology, Wellesley College, USA. He provided expertise in conducting studies on individual differences, in particular, the collection and analysis of large online data sets.
Chris Hewitson (Perception in Action, Macquarie University) visited Associate Professor Timothy Carroll from the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland. They worked on the implicit and explicit components of visuomotor learning of gestures and actions.
Rosalind Hutchings (Memory Program, The University of Sydney) visited another CCD node, at the School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia, to extend interdisciplinary work on memory disorders and face processing. Specifically, she examined the theoretical underpinnings of face processing by investigating responses to faces in patients with frontotemporal dementia.
Siddharth Ramanan (Memory Program, The University of Sydney) visited Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph at the Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit, in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, The University of Manchester, UK. The visit focused on semantic cognition and brain connectivity to further understand neuroanatomical organisation and memory models.
Anna Fiveash (LanguageProgram, Macquarie University) visited Professor Glenn Schellenberg from the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada. She gained training in designing structural priming experiments between music and language, and collected data during the visit.
Valerie Pu (Language Program, Macquarie University) visited Professor Doug Cheyne at the Hospital for Sick Children Research, University of Toronto, Canada. During this visit, she learnt about a new analysis techniques for MEG data which was used on the data collected during her PhD.
Cory Bill (Language Program, Macquarie University) visited The Centre for General Linguistics (Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, ZAS), Germany, to work with Dr Uli Sauerland to receive training in mathematical logic, including lambda calculus and its application in the field of formal semantics/pragmatics.
Nichola Burton (Person Perception Program, The University of Western Australia) visited the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, UK. During her visit, she completed a project with Dr Chris Benton that examined the visual representation of facial expressions.
Jade Jackson (Perception in Action group, Macquarie University) visited the Department of Psychology, University of Reading, UK and completed a study with Dr Eva Feredoes using fMRI and TMS to explore the relationship between brain activation, information coding and behaviour, specifically looking at “multiple demand” (MD) brain regions.
Katya Numbers (Belief Formation Program, Macquarie University) visited the Department of Psychology, Washington University in St Louis, USA working with Professors Henry Roediger III, David Balota and Janet Duchek on her research in memory, including social contagion and metamemory beliefs in older adults.
CCD Postdoc Exchange Scheme
The CCD Postdoc Exchange Scheme (2017 – 2018) provided national and international exchange opportunities for our postdoctoral researchers. Through this scheme, successful early career researchers received the opportunity to participate in a research exchange visit that provided them with additional research training and mentoring in their career. The enhanced research training and increased collaboration benefited the successful applicants and strengthened our Centre.
Dr Ryan Balzan (Belief Formation Program, Flinders University) visited Partner Investigator, Professor Ryan McKay, at the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK to collaborate on theories of belief formation.
Dr Clare Sutherland (Person Perception Program, The University of Western Australia) visited Associate Professor Jeremy Wilmer at Department of Psychology, Wellesley College, USA, and Facebook, NY to increase understanding of facial first impressions.
Dr Robert Ross (Belief Formation Program, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) visited Associate Professor David Rand at the School of Psychology, Yale University, USA. The visit provided the opportunity to develop two collaborative research projects – beliefs in, and sharing, biased political news through social media, and the relationship between religious beliefs and reasoning.
Dr Yong Zhi Foo (Person Perception Program, The University of Western Australia) visited Professor David Perrett at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews, UK, to continue work on the evolutionary basis of human facial preferences.
Dr Amy Dawel (Person Perception Program, Australian National University) visited Professor Bruno Rossion from the Institute of Research in Psychology, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. During this visit, Amy learnt about how to use the technique of Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation to examine face expression processing in children.
Dr Wei He (Language Program, Macquarie University) visited Dr Arjan Hillebrand from the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, VU University Medical Centre, The Netherlands. During the visit, she learnt about resting state connectivity in pre-school aged children using MEG.