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  • Jul 07
Sophia presents findings comparing the neural responses of children and adults during object perception and discusses the implications of these findings for how children may make judgements about whether an object is alive or not
  • Jun 30
Sophia presents her CogSci2023 conference poster investigating the relationship between how objects move and their neural and behavioural signatures
  • Jun 02
Cecilia discusses how distance-to-bound measures from Ritchie, Tovar & Carlson (2015) can be applied to investigating neural representations of foods
  • May 12
Sophia presents findings from a questionnaire exploring subject beliefs about how objects move
  • Apr 06
Feedback session for Ariel, Sophia, and Denise, who are presenting research posters at the upcoming EPC2023
  • Mar 31
Christine presents a proposal for her Honours project investigating how differences in culture and thinking styles affect how individuals make food categorisation judgements
  • Mar 24
Honours students Sophie and Cecilia present their ethics proposal for investigating how hunger states impact neural representations of food
  • Mar 17
Tom presents a paper for discussion, entitled "Decoding explicit and implicit representations of health and taste attributes of foods in the human brain" by Schubert et al. (2021)
  • Mar 10
Alex practices a talk for the Aphantasia Network explaining why mental images look so unique compared to other perceptual experiences
  • Feb 24
Ariel summarises her Honours research into how perceptual, conceptual, and contextual information about objects is represented in the brain
  • Feb 22
Sophia presents findings from a study investigating the low-level perception of ambiguously-shaped objects
  • Feb 03
Denise presents findings from an investigation into the factors underlying neural representations of food
  • Dec 08
End of year lab get-together in the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Jul 06
Guest speaker Marc Coutanche presents his work investigating how object concepts are formed and combined in the brain
  • Jul 05
Sophia and Denise practice their presentations for the upcoming Australasian Brain and Psychological Sciences (ABPS) Meeting
  • Jun 22
Farewell lunch for Florian, our overseas visitor investigating how the speed at which we recognise objects relates to the speed at which we name them
  • Jun 10
Amanda visits the group in Sydney, traveling from the Queensland Brain Institute, at the University of Queensland
  • Jan 17
Sophia discusses the future of her project investigating the relationship between how we perceive aliveness, naturalness, and movement
  • Dec 03
Sophia and Alex talk at the Sydney Postgraduate Psychology Conference (SPPC) 2021
  • Nov 19
Denise, Sophia, and Alex talk at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) 2021 conference
  • Nov 16
Denise, Sophia, and Alex premiere their presentations for the upcoming Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) 2021 conference
  • Oct 28
Guest speaker Alon Zivony presents research explaining attentional phenomena using a temporally-dependent, diachronic account of attention
  • Oct 07
Guest speaker Matt Davidson presents findings from an investigation into modality-independent neural representations of confidence
  • Sep 23
General meeting and lab social
  • Sep 16
Alex presents preliminary findings from a study investigating how people believe they experience their auditory and visual mental imagery
  • Aug 19
Josh, from Alex Holcombe's research group, presents findings from his Honours project investigating the mechanisms behind visual motion tracking illusions
  • Aug 10
Guest speaker Hua-Chun Sun presents her PhD work investigating neural representations associated with how we perceive glossy, matte, and rough textures from images
  • Aug 02
Denise presents her first talk as a new lab member, discussing her work on dissociating the roles of attention, working memory, and decision-making in decoding paradigms
  • Jul 19
Tom leads a discussion on the ideas presented in "Overarching States of Mind" by Herz, Baror & Bar (2020)
  • Jul 12
Sophia presents findings from her investigation into neural and behavioural models of how we perceive objects as living or not
  • Apr 14
Amanda leads a discussion on the ideas presented in "Dynamics of fMRI patterns reflect sub-second activation sequences and reveal replay in human visual cortex" by Wittkuhn & Schuck (2021)
  • Mar 31
Sophia presents a preview of her Experimental Psychology Conference talk on how our brains represent living things
  • Mar 03
David Tovar guest presents intracranial electrode decoding results illustrating how representations of visual information may vary across layers of a cortical column
  • Feb 24
Genevieve Quek guest presents EEG-decoding results on how the relative sizes of related objects may change their neural representations
  • Feb 18
Josh, our summer research student, discusses his work developing a behavioural experiment investigating how visual recall is distorted by memory
  • Dec 17
End of year picnic on Manly Beach
  • Dec 07
General meeting and lab social
  • Nov 30
Sophia presents updated behavioural and EEG-decoding results on how we process object naturalness, aliveness, and movement
  • Nov 23
Celebratory lunch for Honours students, Tom and Celeste, who have now submitted their project theses
  • Nov 16
Alex leads a discussion on his attempts to temporally realign jittered neural decoding data
  • Nov 09
General meeting and lab social
  • Oct 26
Ken, a potential lab member, gives a guest lecture on how task relevance affects object decoding in EEG
  • Oct 19
General meeting and lab social
  • Sep 24
Ivy introduces the group to a theoretical investigation of how language acquisition may shape object representations
  • Sep 17
Olivia presents her special project on comparing EEG and behavioural measures of object similarity
  • Sep 10
Farewell to Chris before he travels to the UK to start a PhD with Alex Woolgar at the University of Cambridge
  • Sep 03
Celeste presents preliminary findings from her Honours project into semantic similarity in mono- and bilinguals
  • Aug 27
Sophia leads a discussion on the ideas in "Category-specific attention for animals reflects ancestral priorities, not expertise" by New, Cosmides, & Tooby (2007)
  • Aug 20
Honours student Tom presents results from his project investigating how different models of language can explain false memory effects
  • Aug 13
Alex presents his theoretical account of mental imagery using hierarchical predictive processing
  • Aug 06
Neuromatch Academy debrief by Sophia and Alex
  • Jul 09
Denise Moerel presents decoding results from an analysis of joint fMRI and MEG data to track the evolution of object representations in the ventral stream
  • Jul 02
Strategy discussion for how to safely return to EEG testing as pandemic restrictions ease
  • Jun 25
Guest presentation by Ryo Nakayama from Alex Holcombe's research group, presenting experimental findings on how dynamic noise modulates the "twinkle goes" motion illusion
  • Jun 18
Sophia presents findings from "A map of object space in primate inferotemporal cortex" by Bao et al. (2020)
  • Jun 11
Chris practices a talk on his prediction modelling work for later presentation to the UCL Consciousness Club
  • Jun 04
Amanda's findings on hemisphere-dependent decoding effects are reviewed by the group prior to presentation at the Vision Sciences Society Conference
  • May 28
Selene and Tom lead a discussion on the viability of app-based developmental psychology research, plus Tom presents ideas from "The Development of Object Categories: What, When and How?" by Poulin-Dubois & Pauen (2017)
  • May 21
Alex presents findings from an encoding model of mental imagery, presented in "Generative Feedback Explains Distinct Brain Activity Codes for Seen and Mental Images" by Breedlove et al. (2020)
  • May 14
Honours students Celeste and Tom present their final Honours proposals before starting to experiment
  • May 07
Chris presents the findings from his recently co-authored paper "Decoding Predictions and Violations of Object Position and Category in Time-resolved EEG"
  • Apr 23
Celeste presents her refined Honours proposal investigating emotional representation models
  • Apr 23
Lab catch-up: everyone in the group shares a 3-minute insight into what they're working on during lockdown
  • Apr 09
Our Honours student Celeste presents possible ideas for a project comparing emotional representations in neural, behavioural, and lingual mediums
  • Apr 02
Our Honours student Thomas discusses the details of his experimental design for a new study comparing models of semantic associations
  • Mar 26
Lab discussion on ideas, problems, and solutions relating to running online experiments, prompted by Tijl's new preprint available here
  • Mar 19
Our first fully-online lab meeting! Sophia leads a discussion on cognitive neuroimaging in infants, presenting results from "Temporal dynamics of visual representations in the infant brain", a new preprint on bioRxiv (2020)
  • Mar 05
Welcome to our Honours students, Celeste and Thomas! In this meeting, the postgraduates provide advice they wish they'd had before starting their Honours projects
  • Feb 25
Lab discussion led by Chris on the ideas presented in "A critique of pure learning and what artificial neural networks can learn from animal brains", published in Nature Communications (2019)
  • Feb 18
Lab discussion led by Tijl on the ideas presented in "Direct Fit to Nature: An Evolutionary Perspective on Biological and Artificial Neural Networks", published in Neuron (2020)

  • Feb 11
Patrick presents his proposal on a new experiment decoding invariant object representations using EEG for his Master's project
  • Feb 04
Roy updates the group on existing literature surrounding facial expression classification and how facial expressions are used to infer social traits
  • Jan 28
Alex updates the group on results from visual and auditory imagery decoding experiments with EEG and proposes a new account of imagery vividness
  • Jan 21
Sophia presents an experimental proposal for her PhD project investigating how an object's implied motion affects its classification under cognitive load
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