Psychology

Presented by Associate Professor Maureen Ashe, University of British Columbia

Date: Thursday 23 June 2016

Time: 1-2pm

Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus

No RSVP required, all welcome!

Speaker: Dr. Maureen Ashe is Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Family Practice, investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, physiotherapist, and Canada Research Chair in Community Mobility. Maureen’s research program includes characterising physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns across different populations and the mobility spectrum, such as older adults after low trauma fracture, older adults who reside in Assisted Living communities, and middle-age adults at or near retirement. Her work also includes testing interventions that aim to improve or maintain mobility across these populations.

Abstract: Older adults spend prolonged periods in sedentary behaviour and few meet recommended guidelines for physical activity; collectively, these factors can impact on their community mobility. Although evidence-based physical activity strategies are available, programs are not always routinely implemented across geographic regions, resulting in care gaps with substantial consequences for older adults. Thus, it is important to focus on how to effectively disseminate and implement best evidence into practice to optimize the potential for program uptake and sustainability. This presentation will provide an overview of knowledge translation with a focus on the development and implementation of a lifestyle intervention for middle-aged and older adults, Return to Everyday Activity in the Community and Home (REACH).

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Presented by Professor Philip Gerrans, School of Philosophy, University of Adelaide

Date: Thursday 9 June 2016

Time: 1-2pm*

*Please note – the time of this event was incorrectly advertised in the Executive Dean’s News this week. 1 – 2pm is the correct time*

Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus

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Speaker: Professor Gerrans is a professor of philosophy at the University of Adelaide as well as an associate of the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland. His research centers on cognitive neuropsychiatry, developmental disorders, emotions, moral psychopathologies, and the use of psychological disorders to study the mind. He has recently written a book, Mechanisms of Madness, about the relationship between fundamental neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. His collaboration with researchers at the Swiss Centre focuses on depersonalization disorders and personality disorders.

Abstract: In a recent paper Colin Klein writes “the phenomenology of asymbolia might resemble a kind of depersonalization syndrome. The asymbolic, and the depersonalized more generally, feel sensations that they are estranged from — that they do not take to be theirs in the sense that we normally do”. This raises the question “in what sense do we normally take sensations to be ours?” I propose an answer to this question based on an interpretation of recent neuroscientific evidence. In particular I focus on the way placebo analgesia targets the mid and anterior insula cortices. Predictive coding accounts suggest that the AIC is a structure which integrates lower order bodily and affective processing to create a feeling of self awareness. Opoid analgesia creates a kind of depersonalisation for pain by inhibiting the higher order affective processing which creates the sense of self. We feel detached from experience when predicted affective response is absent. I then discuss two serious objections to this account and argue that they can be defused if we attend to the hierarchical, predictive nature of affective processing.

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Presented by Associate Professor Denis Drieghe, University of Southampton, UK

Date: Thursday 12 May 2016

Time: 1- 2pm

Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus

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Speaker: Associate Professor Denis Drieghe is head of the Centre for Vision and Cognition at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdm. He earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Ghent University in Belgium, and has also worked at the University of Massachusetts before moving to the UK. His work centres on the processes involved in reading, particularly as studied through the eye movements involved. He has recently started exploring reading in languages that are non-alphabetic (e.g. Chinese) or use a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic) and also studies reading in bilinguals.

Abstract: Assuming that during sentence reading the word the eyes are fixating on is recognized by the end of the fixation, it is tempting to think of eye movements in
reading as a sequence of word-to-word movements. In this talk, I will focus on an instance in which the target selection during reading clearly deviates from a word-by-word sequence: when proficient readers are reading an English text, their eyes are never directed at about one-third of the words. During my talk, I will review the different explanations that have been proposed for this phenomenon of word skipping. Empirical data will be presented from several eye movement experiments extending current knowledge of what triggers the oculomotor system to plan a saccade to the next word or to skip it. These experiments aim to determine just how fine-grained the information is that is acquired from the word located in the parafovea before saccade target selection takes place.

 

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Professor Elizabeth Grunfeld is the Executive Director for the Centre for Technology Enabled Health. Her research focuses on perceived and actual threats to health. She believes that understanding how people make sense of, respond and adapt to these threats is important not only to advance our theoretical understanding of how, and under what conditions, individuals are able to successfully […]

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Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol and University of Western Australia, is an award-winning teacher whose research has been funded continuously since 1990 by public agencies in 5 countries. His most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate. He has published around 150 scholarly articles, […]

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There’s a new video on searching PsycINFO – it covers title, abstract, textword and multiple field searching – on my video page http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/advanced_searching_videos I’ve now worked out how to add a linked contents list, so you can just watch individual sections if you want to. Hope it makes searching easier!! Maureen

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Jason Hart is Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of International Development at the University of Bath, a research associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and a visiting professor at the Norwegian Technical University, Trondheim. His research has explored the experiences of young people in settings of armed conflict and displacement, and the nature […]

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Professor Anne Hammarström is visiting us from Umeå University in Sweden. She did her PhD in Public Health at the Karolinska Institute on Youth Unemployment and Ill-health (1986) and spent a year at this University in Psychology and Social Inquiry and Women’s Studies (1999). She is currently a Professor of Public Health, and holder of […]

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Dr Camille Short is a behavioural scientist and early career research fellow at the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide. She completed her PhD in behavioural science at the University of Newcastle in 2012. After which, she spent two years working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Central Queensland University, before moving to the University […]

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Professor Cecilia Essau Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and the Director of Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CARACAW) at the University of Roehampton, UK.

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