ACNS 2012 - The 3rd Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference

~ 29 Nov 2012 to 2 Dec 2012 ~ University of Queensland, Brisbane

Student Prizes
Conference Program
CPCN Pre-Conference Workshop
Local Organising Committee

Conference Information


The 3rd Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference was hosted at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, November 29 - December 2, 2012.

This annual meeting brings together researchers from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience areas, all with a focus on relationships between the brain, mind, and behaviour. We encourage poster and oral presentations from any area of cognitive neuroscience.


  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging
  • Physiology
  • Bioengineering

Topic Areas

  • Attention
  • Emotion and Social
  • Executive Processes
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Motor
  • Sensation & Perception


  • Electroencephalography
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • TMS
  • Human brain lesion studies
  • Psychophysics
  • Psychophysiology

International Invited Speakers


  • Professor Kia Nobre, Oxford University, UK
  • Professor Christian Keysers, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
  • Dr John Serences, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Professor Sohee Park, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Dr Valeria Gazzola, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
  • Professor Kevin Pelphrey, Yale University, USA
Click here for details of Keynote Speakers and Symposia

Student Prizes


We will be awarding prizes for best student presentations, judged by selected members of the ACNS Society.

  • $500 each for best PhD/Masters student Oral and Poster Presentations (sponsored by Compumedics)
  • $250 each for best Honours student Oral and Poster Presentations (sponsored by the ACNS Society)

To be eligible for Student Prizes you must update your Profile information on your ACNS account so that we know who you are and whether you are a PhD/Masters or Honours student. To update your information, just login to your ACNS account and Edit your Profile

Abstracts in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience


Abstracts from the conference are available here at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Abstracts for the conference have been peer-reviewed and published online in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Conference Program


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See details of Keynote Speakers and Symposia

The conference began with a Keynote Lecture and Opening Reception on the evening of Thursday November 29, followed by 3 full days of conference program. Each day was structured with a morning Symposium as a Plenary Session and conclude with a Keynote Lecture in the late afternoon, with sessions for oral and poster presentations in the middle of the day.


Thursday 29 Nov Friday 30 Nov Saturday 1 Dec Sunday 2 Dec
9:00am: CPCN Workshop

9am: Symposium

Understanding Schizophrenia

9am: Symposium

Action Understanding, Autism, and Mirroring

9am: Symposium

Vision and Perceptual Awareness

Morning tea Morning tea Morning tea

11am: Oral Presentations


11am: Oral Presentations

11am: Oral Presentations

Lunch Lunch Lunch
1pm: Society AGM

1:30pm: Oral Presentations


1:30pm: Oral Presentations

2pm: Oral Presentations


3pm: Poster Session + Afternoon tea

3pm: Poster Session + Afternoon tea


3:30pm: Conference Closing

4:30pm: Keynote Lecture

Professor Christian Keysers, The empathic brain

4:30pm: Keynote Lecture

Professor Kia Nobre, Temporal expectations: the fourth dimension of attention

from 5pm: Registration

Queensland Brain Institute Foyer

6pm: Keynote Lecture

Dr John Serences, Attention and efficiency of information processing

7pm: Opening Reception


7:30pm: Conference Dinner


Pre-Conference CPCN Workshop


The UQ Centre for Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience (CPCN) hosted a 2-day workshop on November 28-29, with half-days of lectures covering the major methods used in cognitive neuroscience research: EEG, functional MRI, TMS, and Connectivity analysis. Lectures were given by the experts in these various fields and covered a brief introduction to the methods leading to more advanced topics on the application of these methods to the study of brain processes underlying behaviour.


Wednesday 28 November Thursday 29 November

9am - 12pm: Advances in EEG

A/Prof Frini Karayanidis, University of Newcastle
A/Prof Paul Corballis, University of Auckland

9am - 12pm: Introduction to TMS

Dr Martin Sale, University of Queensland
Dr Marc Kamke, University of Queensland

Lunch - QBI Seminar - Professor Kia NobreLunch

2pm - 5pm: Advances in Functional MRI

A/Prof Ross Cunnington, University of Queensland
A/Prof Greig de Zubicaray, University of Queensland
Dr John Serences, UC San Diego, USA

1pm - 5pm: Functional Brain Connectivity

Dr Luca Cocchi, University of Queensland
Dr Alex Fornito, University of Melbourne
Dr Andrew Zalesky, University of Melbourne
Prof Michael Breakspear, QIMR

6pm - evening

Student social event

6pm - evening

ACNS Keynote Lecture - Dr John Serences
Evening Reception: Drinks and nibbles

Local Organising Committee and Contact

  • Ross Cunnington, Chair
  • Sakinah Alhadad
  • Jeff Bednark
  • Megan Campbell
  • Luca Cocchi
  • Merryn Constable
  • Harriet Dempsey-Jones
  • Paul Dux
  • Natasha Matthews
  • Jason Mattingley
  • Martin Sale
  • Chase Sherwell

For more information contact

A/Prof Ross Cunnington,
University of Queensland

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