Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Special Presentation: Dr. Corneilia Herbert on how we process emotions 12-1pm, Thursday 29th August, AVLG17

The school of psychology is proudly hosting a special presentation by Associate Professor Cornelia Herbert
from the School of Psychology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt.

TITLE: Emotion processing and its regulation: What words can tell us about it.

WHERE AND WHEN: The talk will be given at 12-1pm on Thursday 29th August in the Aviation Building (AVLG17). There will also be video-conferencing to room AV3 in the Library at Ourimbah.

For more information on this talk, or to meet with Dr. Herbert, please contact Prof. Peter Walla (

•    Catholic University of Eichstätt: Psychology, Diploma Thesis: Short
term effects of endurance training on cardiovascular and autonomic reactivity, behavior and personality
•    Institute for Frontier Areas of  Psychology and Mental Health: Experimental and neurophysiological research on consciousness, anomalous experiences and paranormal belief
•    University of Konstanz: PHD in Psychology, Doctoral Thesis: Emotional words obtain priority in processing, Viva in Clinical Psychology, General Psychology and Exercise Physiology
•    University of Würzburg: Post-Doc and Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology I (work group: Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy & work group: Intervention Psychology)
•    German Research Foundation project about “Emotions on our mind”
•    Since October 2012: German Sport University: Department of Performance Psychology (Emotion-Cognition-Lab)

Research Interests
Emotion and emotion regulation in social and clinical contexts with a specific focus on
•    language x emotion interactions
•    emotional self-other discrimination
•    emotional awareness and the processing of one’s own feelings
•    mind-body interactions (mental representation of the body)
•    development of neurophysiological paradigms and biopsychological interventions for the treatment of disorders of consciousness
•    depression, body image disturbances and eating disorders

Friday, 16 August 2013

New Professors Talk by Simon Dennis: Smartphones can Augment Human Memory

Please join us to hear a talk by the new Head of School of Psychology, Prof Simon Dennis, titled "The quantified self: Harnessing smartphone technology to understand and augment human memory"  

Why do we forget things? Professor Simon Dennis' goal is to eliminate forgetting and create technologies that can remember and retrieve information for us.

Professor Dennis was recently appointed Head of the School of Psychology. He holds qualifications in computer science, mathematics and psychology from the University of Queensland and his research expertise is in human memory and language processing.

When: Wednesday, 28 August 2013, 06:15 pm - 07:45pm

Where: Newcastle Museum, Honeysuckle

Cost: Free

RSVP to Corporate Relations at or +61 2 4921 6699

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Add the date to your smartphone! :-)

Monday, 5 August 2013

Colloquium Talk: Dr. Andrew Gardner on Sports-Related Concussion.

The School of Psychology is proudly hosting a talk by:
Dr. Andrew Gardner
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Hunter New England Health

Title: The assessment and investigation of sports related concussion in active and retired athletes

Date: Thursday 22nd August 2013, 12-1pm in Keats Reading Room (AVLG17) (video streaming to AV3 in the Ourimbah library)
If you would like to meet with Dr. Gardner, please contact A/Prof Frini Karayanidis (

Abstract: A brief overview of the field of sports-related concussion will be presented, before an in-depth discussion surrounding assessment and management (return-to-play/school/work). There will be an emphasis on the role of cognitive assessment in this decision-making process. Finally, an overview of the current research being conducted within the field of sports related concussion (neuropsychological assessment, neuroimaging, genetic testing etc.), with discussion surrounding its clinical application. There will also be an emphasis on the potential long-term consequences of concussive injury (i.e. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and the current discussion around this issue.

Bio: Dr Gardner completed his Bachelor of Psychology with 1st class Honours at the University of New England in 2005 and subsequently completed a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at Macquarie University in 2009. His doctoral dissertation on sports-related concussion won the USA's National Academy of Neuropsychology's most outstanding dissertation of the year award last year, the first recipient of this prestigious award who studied outside of the USA. Sports-related concussion has always been his research focus and he is currently examining the potential long-term consequences of participation in collision sports. He is currently attempting to delineate the potential evidence or clinical manifestations of long-term issues related to a history of sports concussion amongst current and retired collision sports athletes through cognitive testing, neurological examination, genetic testing and neuroimaging.