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Professor Simon Dennis

Head of School

School of Psychology

Career Summary

Biography

Professor Dennis is the 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. He is also involved in information retrieval and machine learning research.

Research Expertise
My research activity spans human memory and language, human computer interaction and educational research. I have held grants from various agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the Institutes of Educational Sciences, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Defense Science and Technology Organization and Defense Research and Development Canada.

I have peer reviewed journal publications in outlets including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Review, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and the Journal of Memory and Language. Other indicators of impact include two patents - one on sentence representation and one on dynamic text visualization. Dennis & Humphreys (2001) was chosen by the Australian Psychological Society as one of the 12 most influential contributions by Australian psychologists between 1999-2002 and the Handles text visualization suite on which I have been working for Defense Research and Development Canada was deployed in Afghanistan by the Canadian psychological operations unit.

My research focuses on the application of behavioral, computational and neuroscientific methods to the study of human memory and language. I am currently building a unified model of episodic memory tasks including recognition, associative recognition, source memory, cued recall, serial recall and free recall. I also continue to work on an associative based model of sentence processing, with the current emphasis on understanding vocabulary development. A line of work that I am currently engaged in and which I think has great potential involves the deployment of smart phones for continuous data collection over the long term (months). In this work, we have developed an Android app that collects images, audio, GPS, accelerometry, wireless, light and a variety of other data, as subjects wear the phone around their necks. Each night the subjects divide their data into contexts and tag those contexts. The research is a collaboration with Mikhail Belkin in computer science and aims to address questions in memory and in machine learning. The technology allows us to investigate the nature of real world context and memory processes that cannot be addressed through laboratory based research alone. In addition, we have been developing algorithms that predict where people will perceive context boundaries as well as the tags that they will assign to these contexts. We believe that big data approaches such as ours provide unique insights that are more relevant to the memory processes in which people typically engage and which are can be more easily translated into useful applications.

Teaching Expertise
I have developed and taught a range of courses at the undergraduate, masters and graduate levels including memory and reasoning, memory and cognition, human factors, the psychology of language, judgment and decision making, models of memory and language and introduction to event related potentials.

I have taught memory and cognition to undergraduate classes of over 100 students. The technical nature of the material, the class size, the fact that many of the students are not psychology majors makes maintaining student engagement particularly challenging. I engage in a continual process of innovation to ensure that my students leave with a good grounding in the science of memory. I use many interactive exercises including experiments and in class group work on false memory, autobiographical memory and other issues. I integrate current events into the class room discussion – in particular the areas in which memory intersects with the legal system in cases of false eyewitness testimony and recovered memory issues and I attempt to use what we know about human memory to help students learn and to understand their own learning processes.

In recent years, the critical role of testing on memory performance has become increasingly clear and I use a clearly articulated set of learning objectives, on-line exercises and discussion forums to help students optimize the time they spend studying. Used intelligently, technology can be an effective adjunct to the classroom experience and I am very interested in pushing the boundaries of educational technology. For instance, in my psychology of language class students program online chat bots to simulate the persona of a character that they create. Teams compete to win the end-of-term Turing test for the most realistic and most interesting bots. In a final assignment, they are required to use what they have learned during the class to compare and contrast the language ability of chat bots and those of humans. While there are limits to the reach of technology, there can be little doubt that the use of technology has the potential to be disruptive to current models of instruction provision. One bottleneck to providing mass online courses is assessment. Multiple choice style questions are easily implemented, but are not effective means for assessing or developing information organization.

While at the the University of Colorado, I was funded by an Institutes of Educational Sciences grant to develop automated essay assessment technology for deployment in secondary schools. In addition, I am currently involved in work to develop automated essay assessments of evolution knowledge. The technology is maturing and we have been able to achieve correlations of 96% with human markers when identifying key evolutionary concepts in students' writing. I would liek to see this work expanded to develop psychology specific assessment technologies.

Administrative Expertise
During my time as a faculty member at Adelaide and Ohio State, I have served on a number of departmental committees, search committees etc. During my tenure at the University of Adelaide, I was the chair of the research committee. In 2009 and 2010, I was the Director of Cognitive Science Center at Ohio State University. Twenty four departments drawn from eight colleges are affiliated with the Center, the goal of which is to facilitate interdisciplinary links across the university. While I was director, I administered the Center's small grants program, administered the graduate summer scholarship program, oversaw the Center's shared event related potential and eye tracking assets, reworked the financial structure to improve transparency and promote sustainability as well as organizing multiple seminar series.

Currently, I am the Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, where I am responsible for the teaching, research and engagement activities of the School. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland

Keywords

  • Bayesian models
  • automated essay grading
  • connectionist models
  • human computer interaction
  • human memory
  • language
  • lifelogging
  • machine learning
  • memory
  • psychology
  • semantics

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080602Computer-Human Interaction20
170201Computer Perception, Memory and Attention60
080107Natural Language Processing20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia
23/07/2013 - 23/07/2013Thesis ExaminerUniversity of Newcastle
Office of Graduate Studies
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Landauer TK, McNamara DS, Dennis S, Kintsch W, Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis, Psychology Press, New York, 544 (2007)

Chapter (7 outputs)

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2012Dennis S, Kintsch W, 'The text mapping and inference rule generation problems in text comprehension: Evaluating a memory-based account', Higher Level Language Processes in the Brain: Inference and Comprehension Processes, Taylor and Francis 105-132 (2012) [B1]
DOI10.4324/9780203936443
CitationsScopus - 3
2007Kintsch W, McNamara D, Dennis SJ, Landauer T, 'LSA and meaning: In theory and application', Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis, Taylor and Francis Group, Mahwah, New Jersey 467-481 (2007) [B1]
2007Dennis SJ, 'Introducing word order in an LSA framework', Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis, Taylor and Francis Group, Mahwah, New Jersey 449-466 (2007) [B1]
2007Dennis SJ, 'How to use the LSA website', Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis, Taylor and Francis Group, Mahwah, New Jersey 57-70 (2007) [B1]
2006Dennis S, Kintsch W, 'Evaluating theories', Critical Thinking in Psychology, Cambridge University Press 143-159 (2006) [B2]

All theories are false (Popper, 1959). So in one sense evaluating theories is a straightforward matter. However, some theories are more false than others. Furthermore, some theories have characteristics that tend to promote the advance of scientific knowledge. In this chapter, we examine what some of those characteristics are and how one goes about the process of identifying and building useful theories. A theory is a concise statement about how we believe the world to be. Theories organize observations of the world and allow researchers to make predictions about what will happen in the future under certain conditions. Science is about the testing of theories, and the data that we collect as scientists should either implicitly or explicitly bear on theory. There is, however, a great difference between theories in the hard sciences and theories in the soft sciences in their formal rigor. Formal theories are well established and incredibly successful in physics, but they play a lesser role in biology, and even less in psychology, where theories are often stated in verbal form. This has certainly been true historically, but some scientists, especially physicists, as well as laypeople, construe this fact to mean that formal theories are restricted to the hard sciences, particularly physics, while formalization is unattainable in the soft sciences. There is absolutely no reason to think so. Indeed, this is a pernicious idea that would permanently relegate psychology to second-class status.

DOI10.1017/CBO9780511804632.010
CitationsScopus - 2
2003Sweetser P, Dennis S, 'Facilitating learning in a real time strategy computer game', , Springer New York LLC 49-56 (2003) [B1]

The aim of this project was to implement a just-in-time hints help system into a real time strategy (RTS) computer game that would deliver information to the user at the time that it would be of the most benefit. The goal of this help system is to improve the user's learning in terms of their rate of learning, retention and avoidance of stagnation. The first stage of this project was implementing a computer game to incorporate four different types of skill that the user must acquire, namely motor, perceptual, declarative knowledge and strategic. Subsequently, the just-in-time hints help system was incorporated into the game to assess the user's knowledge and deliver hints accordingly. The final stage of the project was to test the effectiveness of this help system by conducting two phases of testing. The goal of this testing was to demonstrate an increase in the user's assessment of the helpfulness of the system from phase one to phase two. The results of this testing showed that there was no significant difference in the user's responses in the two phases. However, when the results were analysed with respect to several categories of hints that were identified, it became apparent that patterns in the data were beginning to emerge. The conclusions of the project were that further testing with a larger sample size would be required to provide more reliable results and that factors such as the user's skill level and different types of goals should be taken into account. © 2003 by Springer Science+Business Media New York.

DOI10.1007/978-0-387-35660-0
1998Dennis SJ, Humpherys M, 'Cuing for context: An alternative to global matching models of recognition memory', Rational Models of Cognition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom 109-127 (1998) [B1]
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Journal article (43 outputs)

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2015Osth AF, Dennis S, 'Sources of interference in item and associative recognition memory', Psychological Review, 122 260-311 (2015)

A powerful theoretical framework for exploring recognition memory is the global matching framework, in which a cue's memory strength reflects the similarity of the retrieval cues being matched against the contents of memory simultaneously. Contributions at retrieval can be categorized as matches and mismatches to the item and context cues, including the self match (match on item and context), item noise (match on context, mismatch on item), context noise (match on item, mismatch on context), and background noise (mismatch on item and context). We present a model that directly parameterizes the matches and mismatches to the item and context cues, which enables estimation of the magnitude of each interference contribution (item noise, context noise, and background noise). The model was fit within a hierarchical Bayesian framework to 10 recognition memory datasets that use manipulations of strength, list length, list strength, word frequency, study-test delay, and stimulus class in item and associative recognition. Estimates of the model parameters revealed at most a small contribution of item noise that varies by stimulus class, with virtually no item noise for single words and scenes. Despite the unpopularity of background noise in recognition memory models, background noise estimates dominated at retrieval across nearly all stimulus classes with the exception of high frequency words, which exhibited equivalent levels of context noise and background noise. These parameter estimates suggest that the majority of interference in recognition memory stems from experiences acquired before the learning episode.

DOI10.1037/a0038692
2014Osth AF, Dennis S, 'Associative recognition and the list strength paradigm.', Mem Cognit, 42 583-594 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.3758/s13421-013-0386-6Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014Sreekumar V, Dennis S, Doxas I, Zhuang Y, Belkin M, 'The geometry and dynamics of lifelogs: Discovering the organizational principles of human experience', PLoS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]

A correlation dimension analysis of people's visual experiential streams captured by a smartphone shows that visual experience is two-scaled with a smaller dimension at shorter length scales than at longer length scales. The bend between the two scales is a phase transition point where the lower scale primarily captures relationships within the same context and the higher dimensional scale captures relationships between different contexts. The dimensionality estimates are confirmed using Takens' delay embedding procedure on the image stream, while the randomly permuted stream is shown to be space-filling thereby establishing that the two-scaled structure is a consequence of the dynamics. We note that the structure of visual experience closely resembles the structure of another domain of experience: natural language discourse. The emergence of an identical structure across different domains of human experience suggests that the two-scaled geometry reflects a general organizational principle. © 2014 Sreekumar et al.

DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0097166
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014Osth AF, Dennis S, Kinnell A, 'Stimulus type and the list strength paradigm', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67 1826-1841 (2014) [C1]

In recognition memory, increasing the strength of studied items does not reduce performance on other items, an effect dubbed the null list strength effect (LSE). While this finding has been replicated many times, it has rarely been tested using stimuli other than single words. Kinnell and Dennis (2012) recently tested for the presence of list length effects using non-word stimulus classes while controlling for the confounds that are present in list length designs. Small list length effects were found for fractal and face images. We adopted the same paradigm and stimuli used by Kinnell and Dennis to test whether these stimuli would be susceptible to list strength effects as well. We found significant LSEs for fractal images, but null LSEs for face images and natural scene photographs. Stimuli other than words do appear to be susceptible to list strength effects, but these effects are small and restricted to particular stimulus classes, as is the case in list length designs. Models of memory may be able to address differences between these stimulus classes by attributing differences in representational overlap between the stimulus classes.

DOI10.1080/17470218.2013.872824
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014Osth AF, Dennis S, Kinnell A, 'Stimulus type and the list strength paradigm', QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 67 1826-1841 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/17470218.2013.872824Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2014Osth AF, Dennis S, Kinnell A, 'Stimulus type and the list strength paradigm', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67 1826-1841 (2014) [C1]

In recognition memory, increasing the strength of studied items does not reduce performance on other items, an effect dubbed the null list strength effect (LSE). While this finding has been replicated many times, it has rarely been tested using stimuli other than single words. Kinnell and Dennis (2012) recently tested for the presence of list length effects using non-word stimulus classes while controlling for the confounds that are present in list length designs. Small list length effects were found for fractal and face images. We adopted the same paradigm and stimuli used by Kinnell and Dennis to test whether these stimuli would be susceptible to list strength effects as well. We found significant LSEs for fractal images, but null LSEs for face images and natural scene photographs. Stimuli other than words do appear to be susceptible to list strength effects, but these effects are small and restricted to particular stimulus classes, as is the case in list length designs. Models of memory may be able to address differences between these stimulus classes by attributing differences in representational overlap between the stimulus classes.

DOI10.1080/17470218.2013.872824
CitationsScopus - 1
2014Eldridge J, Lane AE, Belkin M, Dennis S, 'Robust features for the automatic identification of autism spectrum disorder in children.', J Neurodev Disord, 6 12 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1186/1866-1955-6-12Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 2
Co-authorsAlison Lane
2013Turner BM, Dennis S, Van Zandt T, 'Likelihood-Free Bayesian Analysis of Memory Models', PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW, 120 667-678 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1037/a0032458Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 5
2013Kinnell A, Dennis S, 'The role of stimulus type in list length effects in recognition memory (vol 40, pg 311, 2012)', MEMORY & COGNITION, 41 480-480 (2013) [C3]
DOI10.3758/s13421-012-0289-yAuthor URL
2013Yim H, Dennis SJ, Sloutsky VM, 'The Development of Episodic Memory: Items, Contexts, and Relations', PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 24 2163-2172 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1177/0956797613487385Author URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2012Kinnell A, Dennis S, 'The role of stimulus type in list length effects in recognition memory', MEMORY & COGNITION, 40 311-325 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.3758/s13421-011-0164-2Author URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 9
2011Stone B, Dennis S, Kwantes PJ, 'Comparing Methods for Single Paragraph Similarity Analysis', TOPICS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 3 92-122 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1756-8765.2010.01108.xAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 4
2011Kinnell A, Dennis S, 'The list length effect in recognition memory: an analysis of potential confounds', MEMORY & COGNITION, 39 348-363 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.3758/s13421-010-0007-6Author URL
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 11
2011Lane AE, Dennis SJ, Geraghty ME, 'Brief Report: Further Evidence of Sensory Subtypes in Autism', JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 41 826-831 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s10803-010-1103-yAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 22Web of Science - 18
Co-authorsAlison Lane
2011de Zubicaray GI, McMahon KL, Dennis S, Dunn JC, 'Memory Strength Effects in fMRI Studies: A Matter of Confidence', JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 23 2324-2335 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1162/jocn.2010.21601Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2011Stone B, Dennis S, 'Semantic models and corpora choice when using Semantic Fields to predict eye movement on web pages', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES, 69 720-740 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.ijhcs.2011.06.007Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2010Doxas I, Dennis S, Oliver WL, 'The dimensionality of discourse', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 107 4866-4871 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1073/pnas.0908315107Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2010Maguire AM, Humphreys MS, Dennis S, Lee MD, 'Global similarity accounts of embedded-category designs: Tests of the Global Matching models', JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE, 63 131-148 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jml.2010.03.007Author URL
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2010Dennis S, Chapman A, 'The inverse list length effect: A challenge for pure exemplar models of recognition memory', JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE, 63 416-424 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jml.2010.06.001Author URL
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 10
2008Dennis S, Lee MD, Kinnell A, 'Bayesian analysis of recognition memory: The case of the list-length effect', JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE, 59 361-376 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jml.2008.06.007Author URL
CitationsScopus - 32Web of Science - 26
2006Dennis S, Monck A, 'The psychological reality of atomic propositions', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 58 72-72 (2006)
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2006Kinnnell A, Dennis S, 'The impact of contextual reinstatement on the detection of the list length effect in recognition memory', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 58 81-81 (2006)
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2005Stone B, Lee M, Dennis S, Nettlebeck T, 'Pupil size and mental load', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 57 73-73 (2005)
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2005Dennis S, 'A memory-based theory of verbal cognition', COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 29 145-193 (2005)
DOI10.1207/s15516709cog0000_9Author URL
CitationsScopus - 23Web of Science - 15
2003Humphreys MS, Dennis S, Maguire AM, Reynolds K, Bolland SW, Hughes JD, 'What You Get Out of Memory Depends on the Question You Ask', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 29 797-812 (2003)

Following study, participants received 2 tests. The 1st was a recognition test; the 2nd was designed to tap recollection. The objective was to examine performance on Test 1 conditional on Test 2 performance. In Experiment 1, contrary to process dissociation assumptions, exclusion errors better predicted subsequent recollection than did inclusion errors. In Experiments 2 and 3, with alternate questions posed on Test 2, words having high estimates of recollection with one question had high estimates of familiarity with the other question. Results supported the following: (a) the 2-test procedure has considerable potential for elucidating the relationship between recollection and familiarity; (b) there is substantial evidence for dependency between such processes when estimates are obtained using the process dissociation and remember-know procedures; and (c) order of information access appears to depend on the question posed to the memory system.

DOI10.1037/0278-7393.29.5.797
CitationsScopus - 18
2002Finnigan S, Humphreys MS, Dennis S, Geffen G, 'ERP 'old/new' effects: Memory strength and decisional factor(s)', Neuropsychologia, 40 2288-2304 (2002)

Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded while subjects made old/new recognition judgments on new unstudied words and old words which had been presented at study either once ('weak') or three times ('strong'). The probability of an 'old' response was significantly higher for strong than weak words and significantly higher for weak than new words. Comparisons were made initially between ERPs to new, weak and strong words, and subsequently between ERPs associated with six strength-by-response conditions. The N400 component was found to be modulated by memory trace strength in a graded manner. Its amplitude was most negative in new word ERPs and most positive in strong word ERPs. This 'N400 strength effect' was largest at the left parietal electrode (in ear-referenced ERPs). The amplitude of the late positive complex (LPC) effect was sensitive to decision accuracy (and perhaps confidence). Its amplitude was larger in ERPs evoked by words attracting correct versus incorrect recognition decisions. The LPC effect had a left>right, centro-parietal scalp topography (in ear-referenced ERPs). Hence, whereas, the majority of previous ERP studies of episodic recognition have interpreted results from the perspective of dual-process models, we provide alternative interpretations of N400 and LPC old/new effects in terms of memory strength and decisional factor(s). © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/S0028-3932(02)00113-6
CitationsScopus - 83
2002Harrington M, Dennis S, 'INPUT-DRIVEN LANGUAGE LEARNING', Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 24 (2002) [C1]
DOI10.1017/S0272263102002103
2002Dennis S, Bruza P, McArthur R, 'Web searching: A process-oriented experimental study of three interactive search paradigms', Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53 120-133 (2002)

This article compares search effectiveness when using query-based Internet search (via the Google search engine), directory-based search (via Yahoo), and phrase-based query reformulation-assisted search (via the Hyperindex browser) by means of a controlled, user-based experimental study. The focus was to evaluate aspects of the search process. Cognitive load was measured using a secondary digit-monitoring task to quantify the effort of the user in various search states; independent relevance judgements were employed to gauge the quality of the documents accessed during the search process and time was monitored as a function of search state. Results indicated directory-based search does not offer increased relevance over the query-based search (with or without query formulation assistance), and also takes longer. Query reformulation does significantly improve the relevance of the documents through which the user must trawl, particularly when the formulation of query terms is more difficult. However, the improvement in document relevance comes at the cost of increased search time, although this difference is quite small when the search is self-terminated. In addition, the advantage of the query reformulation seems to occur as a consequence of providing more discriminating terms rather than by increasing the length of queries.

DOI10.1002/asi.10015
CitationsScopus - 34
2001Dennis S, Humphreys MS, 'A context noise model of episodic word recognition', Psychological Review, 108 452-478 (2001)

Item noise models of recognition assert that interference at retrieval is generated by the words from the study list. Context noise models of recognition assert that interference at retrieval is generated by the contexts in which the test word has appeared. The authors introduce the bind cue decide model of episodic memory, a Bayesian context noise model, and demonstrate how it can account for data from the item noise and dual-processing approaches to recognition memory. From the item noise perspective, list strength and list length effects, the mirror effect for word frequency and concreteness, and the effects of the similarity of other words in a list are considered. From the dual-processing perspective, process dissociation data on the effects of length, temporal separation of lists, strength, and diagnosticity of context are examined. The authors conclude that the context noise approach to recognition is a viable alternative to existing approaches.

DOI10.1037//0033-295X.108.2.452
CitationsScopus - 170
2000Nelson DL, McEvoy CL, Dennis S, 'What is free association and what does it measure?', MEMORY & COGNITION, 28 887-899 (2000)
DOI10.3758/BF03209337Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 67
2000Bruza P, McArthur R, Dennis S, 'Interactive Internet search: Keyword, directory and query reformulation mechanisms compared', SIGIR Forum (ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval), 280-287 (2000)

This article compares search effectiveness when using query-based Internet search (via the Google search engine), directory-based search (via Yahoo) and phrasebased query, reformulation assisted search (via the Hyperindex browser) by means of a controlled, userbased experimental study. The focus was to evaluate aspects of the search process. Cognitive load was measured using a secondary digit-monitoring task to quantify the effort of the user in various search states; independent relevance judgements were employed to gauge the quality of the documents accessed during the search process. Time was monitored in various search states. Results indicated the directory-based search does not offer increased relevance over the query-based search (with or without query formulation assistance), and also takes longer. Query reformulation does significantly improve the relevance of the documents through which the user must trawl versus standard query-based internet search. However, the improvement in document relevance comes at the cost of increased search time and increased cognitive load.

CitationsScopus - 38
2000Finnigan SP, Humphreys MS, Dennis SJ, Geffen GM, 'Event-related potentials, episodic word recognition and memory trace strength manipulations', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, 35 13-13 (2000)
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2000Humphreys MS, Dennis S, Chalmers KA, Finnigan S, 'Dual processes in recognition: Does a focus on measurement operations provide a sufficient foundation?', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 7 593-603 (2000) [C1]

Current theoretical thinking about dual processes in recognition relies heavily on the measurement operations embodied within the process dissociation procedure. We critically evaluate the ability of this procedure to support this theoretical enterprise. We show that there are alternative processes that would produce a rough invariance in familiarity (a key prediction of the dual-processing approach) and that the process dissociation procedure does not have the power to differentiate between these alternative possibilities. We also show that attempts to relate parameters estimated by the process dissociation procedure to subjective reports (remember-know judgments) cannot differentiate between alternative dual-processing models and that there are problems with some of the historical evidence and with obtaining converging evidence. Our conclusion is that more specific theories incorporating ideas about representation and process are required.

CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authorsKerry Chalmers
1999Kalish M, Lewandowsky S, Dennis S, 'Remote delivery of cognitive science laboratories: A solution for small disciplines in large countries', Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 31 270-274 (1999)

Numerically small disciplines can be jeopardized by geographic difficulties, if student populations at universities are small and distances between them large. This problem could be addressed, if teaching resources could be shared among several universities and students in several locations could be taught simultaneously. We present the results of a trial in simultaneous Internet and videoconferencing delivery of an introductory cognitive science laboratory. The trial relied on off-the-shelf software and hardware. Students found the delivery nearly as effective as a locally run laboratory, despite a noticeable difference in the level of interactivity between the remote and other, local laboratory classes. We discuss possible further improvements in teaching efficiency and efficacy.

1998Dennis SJ, Krushcke J, 'Shifting attention in cued recall', Australian Journal of Psychology, 50 131-138 (1998)
1997Chalmers KA, Humphreys MS, Dennis S, 'A naturalistic study of the word frequency effect in episodic recognition', Memory and Cognition, 25 780-784 (1997) [C1]
DOI10.3758/BF03211321
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 15
Co-authorsKerry Chalmers
1996Dennis S, Humphreys MS, Wiles J, 'Mathematical constraints on a theory of human memory - Response', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 19 559-& (1996)
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1995Chalmers KA, Humphreys MS, Dennis SJ, 'Experimental Manipulation of Word Frequency and Meaning', Australian Journal of Psychology, 47 6 (1995) [C3]
1995DENNIS S, HUMPHREYS M, 'POSSIBLE ROLES FOR A PREDICTOR PLUS COMPARATOR MECHANISM IN HUMAN EPISODIC RECOGNITION MEMORY AND IMITATIVE LEARNING', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 18 678-679 (1995)
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1994HUMPHREYS MS, DENNIS S, 'GOING FROM TASK DESCRIPTIONS TO MEMORY STRUCTURES', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 17 483-483 (1994)
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CitationsWeb of Science - 1
1994HUMPHREYS MS, WILES J, DENNIS S, 'BEYOND THE TOWER-OF-BABEL IN HUMAN-MEMORY RESEARCH - THE VALIDITY AND UTILITY OF SPECIFICATION - AUTHORS RESPONSE', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 17 682-689 (1994)
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1994Humphreys MS, Wiles J, Dennis S, 'Toward a theory of human memory: Data structures and access processes', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 17 655-692 (1994)

Starting from Marr's ideas about levels of explanation, a theory of the data structures and access processes in human memory is demonstrated on 10 tasks. Functional characteristics of human memory are captured implementation-independently. Our theory generates a multidimensional task classification subsuming existing classifications such as the distinction between tasks that are implicit versus explicit, data driven versus conceptually driven, and simple associative (two-way bindings) versus higher order (three-way bindings), providing a broad basis for new experiments. The formal language clarifies the binding problem in episodic memory, the role of input pathways in both episodic and semantic (lexical) memory, the importance of the input set in episodic memory, and the ubiquitous calculation of an intersection in theories of episodic and lexical access.

CitationsScopus - 31
1994Chalmers KA, Humphreys MS, Dennis SJ, 'The Effect of Subjective Familiarity on Recognition of Verbal Items', Australian Journal of Psychology, 46 5 (1994)
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Conference (29 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Hamm J, Stone B, Belkin M, Dennis S, 'Automatic annotation of daily activity from smartphone-based multisensory streams', Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, Seattle, WA, United States (2013) [E1]
DOI10.1007/978-3-642-36632-1_19
CitationsScopus - 3
2013Zhuang Y, Belkin M, Dennis S, 'Metric based automatic event segmentation', Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, Seattle, WA, United States (2013) [E1]
DOI10.1007/978-3-642-36632-1_8
2010Sreekumar V, Zhuang Y, Dennis SJ, Belkin M, 'The dimensionality of episodic images', The Proceedings of the Thirty Second Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2010) [E1]
2010Osth AF, Dennis SJ, Sloutsky V, 'Developmental Changes in Recognition Memory Performance: The effects of categorization', The Proceedings of the Thirty Second Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2010) [E1]
2010Freeman E, Dennis SJ, Dunn J, 'An examination of the ERP Correlates of recognition memory Using State-Trace Analysis', The Proceedings of the Thirty Second Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2010) [E1]
2009Dennis SJ, Culicover P, Gibson E, Howard M, Lewis R, McElree B, 'Language in Memory: Memory in Language, symposium', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2009Ding L, Dennis SJ, Mehay D, 'A Single Layer Network Model of Sentential Recursive Pattern', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2009Dennis SJ, Chapman A, 'The Inverse List Length Effect: Implications for Separate Storage Models of Recognition Memory', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2009Stone BP, Dennis SJ, 'Comparative Analysis of Semantic Models and Corpora Choice when using Semantic Fields to Predict Eye Movement on Webpages', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2009Dennis SJ, 'Can a chaining model account for serial recall?', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2009Dennis SJ, Mehay D, Yekollu S, 'Predicting when words may appear: A Connectionist Model of Sentence Processing', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2009Kinnell A, Dennis SJ, 'The Influence of Attention on the Detection of the List Length Effect in Recognition Memory', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2008Stone B, Dennis SJ, Kwantes PJ, 'A Systematic Comparison of Semantic Models on Human Similarity Rating Data: The Effectiveness of Subspacing', Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2008)
2007Doxas I, Dennis SJ, Oliver W, 'The dimensionality of language', Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2007) [E1]
2007Dennis SJ, 'Using LSA Semantic fields to predict eye movement on web pages.', Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2007)
2006Steyvers M, Griffiths TL, Dennis S, 'Probabilistic inference in human semantic memory', TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, UCLA, Inst Pure & Appl Math, Los Angeles, CA (2006)
DOI10.1016/j.tics.2006.05.005Author URL
CitationsScopus - 31Web of Science - 27
2005Dennis SJ, 'An exemplar-based approach to unsupervised parsing', Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2005) [E1]
2004Dennis S, 'An unsupervised method for the extraction of propositional information from text', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Natl Acad Sci & Engn, Arnold & Mable Beckman Ctr, Irvine, CA (2004)
DOI10.1073/pnas.0307758101Author URL
CitationsScopus - 15Web of Science - 13
2003Dennis S, 'A comparison of statistical models for the extraction of lexical information from text corpora', PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY, PTS 1 AND 2, Boston, MA (2003)
Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2003Dennis S, 'An alignment-based account of serial recall', PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY, PTS 1 AND 2, Boston, MA (2003)
Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2003Harrington M, Dennis SJ, 'Structural Priming in Sentence Comprehension', The 25th Annual Meeting of the American Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA, USA (2003) [E1]
1998Dennis S, Kruschke JK, 'Shifting attention in cued recall', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, UNIV WESTERN AUSTRALIA, NEDLANDS, AUSTRALIA (1998)
DOI10.1080/00049539808258789Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 10
1998Dennis SJ, McArthur R, Bruza PD, 'Searching the World Wide Web Made Easy? The Cognitive Load Imposed by Query Refinement Mechanisms', Proceedigns of the 12th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (1998)
1998Dennis SJ, 'The Effects of List Separation in the Process Dissociation Procedure: The Bind Cue Decide Model of Episodic Memory', Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (1998) [E1]
1997Dennis SJ, Bruza PD, 'Query re-formulation on the Internet: Empirical data and the hyperindex search engine', Proceedings of the RIAO97 Conference, . (1997) [E1]
1994Dennis SJ, 'The Null List Strength Effect in Recognition Memory: Environmental Statistics and Connectionist Accounts', Program of the 16th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (1994)
1993Dennis SJ, 'Adding Memory to Recurrent Networks: The Hybird Recurrent Network', Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Cognitive Science Conference, Australia (1993) [E1]
1993Dennis SJ, Wiles J, 'Introducing Learning into Models of Human Memory: The Hebbian Recurrent Network', Program of the 15th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (1993)
1991Dennis SJ, 'Memory Access using Multiple Independent Cues: An Additive Model', Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Conference on Neural Networks, Australia (1991) [E1]
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Patent (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Dennis SJ, Method of Sentence Analysis (2004)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants41
Total funding$8,305,350

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $757,800

Developing a Unified Theory of Episodic Memory$757,800

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Simon Dennis, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor Vladimir Sloutsky
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1400159
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20141 grants / $8,778

Are short and long term memory really different systems? A context-based alternative $8,778

Funding body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Funding bodyKeats Endowment Research Fund
Project TeamDoctor Emily Freeman, Professor Simon Dennis, Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Doctor Adam Osth
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400745
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20122 grants / $104,870

Compendium Interface$64,950

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Improving OMSA for Handles. $39,920

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

20113 grants / $115,232

Finalization of ARP 15AH$102,133

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

New algorithms for Handles tool$10,253

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Installation of Handles software on a Google Search Appliance. $2,846

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

20105 grants / $175,484

Computational Support for Opinion Mining/Sentiment Analysis, Questionnaire Administration and Essay Grading$72,101

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Clinical and neurophysiologic identification of sensory dysfunction in children with autism$40,000

Funding body: Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Funding bodyCenter for Clinical and Translational Science
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Concept Extraction from Transcripts$27,720

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Computational Support for Topic & Author exploration of abstracts in a visualization interface$25,758

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Concept exploration of Jhiardist communications$9,905

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

20095 grants / $2,438,692

Transforming STEM assessment methodologies: Research on cyber-enabled measurement of cognitive models of natural selection$998,139

Funding body: National Science Foundation

Funding bodyNational Science Foundation
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Research Support for Computational Models$945,000

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Networks of Memories$450,000

Funding body: Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Funding bodyAir Force Office of Scientific Research
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

The Psychology of Hate$25,000

Funding body: Mershon Center

Funding bodyMershon Center
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Literature Review of Algorithms for Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis (OM/SA) $20,553

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

20081 grants / $205,000

Single and dual process models of recognition memory: Reconciliation of behavioural, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging data$205,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20065 grants / $1,001,500

Computational Models standing offer$700,000

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Organisation
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Senior Researcher Grant$140,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The Textual Entailment Challenge$64,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The Language of Command$50,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

SP Model Foundational Research$47,500

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20054 grants / $236,000

Computational Neurosciences Cluster$180,000

Funding body: The University of Adelaide

Funding bodyThe University of Adelaide
Project Team
SchemeShared
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Human Decision-making under a scenario know as the secretary problem$30,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Human memory models for operator simulation$15,000

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding bodyDefence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Assessing the variability of document similarity judgements$11,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20041 grants / $13,000

The role of item features in recognition memory$13,000

Funding body: University of Adelaide

Funding bodyUniversity of Adelaide
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20023 grants / $1,614,000

Key Center for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology$1,000,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Research on and with Novel Educational Technologies for Comprehension$600,000

Funding body: Institute of Educational Sciences

Funding bodyInstitute of Educational Sciences
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Technologies for assessing short answer questions$14,000

Funding body: Knowledge Analysis Technologies

Funding bodyKnowledge Analysis Technologies
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20012 grants / $88,994

Adding Content to models of Human Memory$84,330

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Website Usability Study: Usability improvement benchmarking$4,664

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding bodyQueensland University of Technology
Project Team
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20005 grants / $97,000

Adding content to models of Human Memory$33,000

Adding content to models of Human Memory
Funding body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding bodyNational Heart Foundation of Australia
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Stemming Algorithms for INformation Retrieval and Question/Answer Systems$20,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

Website Usability Study: Information Architecture and Site Usability$17,000

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding bodyQueensland University of Technology
Project Team
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

Instance-based sentence processing$14,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Wesite Usability Study: Prototype Usability$13,000

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding bodyQueensland University of Technology
Project Team
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

19993 grants / $1,449,000

Key Center for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology$1,260,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Modelling Episodic Memory using Behavioural Computational and Neuroanatomical Constraints$169,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Development of Software for the Semantic Analysis of Text$20,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Schemeunknown
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Objective Measures Within Consumer Neuroscience
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013The Influence of Cross-Modal Temporal Correspondence on the Multisensory Integration of Acoustic and Vibrotactile Stimulation: A Psychophysical and Electroencephalographic Investigation
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2011Perceptual Mechanisms Underlying the Embodimen of Emotion
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2010Using lifelogging to understand human memory
Psychology, Ohio State University
Sole Supervisor
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News

Australian Research Council (ARC)

ARC Discovery Project funding success

November 19, 2014

Professor Simon Dennis and Professor Andrew Heathcote have been awarded more than $757,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2015 for their research project Developing a Unified Theory of Episodic Memory.

ARC funding

UON secures $11m ARC funding

November 5, 2014

The University of Newcastle (UON) was today awarded almost $11 million in competitive research funding by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in its 2015 Major Grants announcement.

Professor Simon Dennis

Position

Head of School
School of Psychology
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details

Emailsimon.dennis@newcastle.edu.au
Phone4921 7980
Mobile0467607835
Fax4921 6980

Office

RoomW206
BuildingBehavioural Sciences Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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