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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

Code Description Percentage
080602 Computer-Human Interaction 20
170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention 60
080107 Natural Language Processing 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

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

Chapter (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Dennis 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]
DOI 10.4324/9780203936443
Citations Scopus - 3
2007 Kintsch 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]
2007 Dennis SJ, 'Introducing word order in an LSA framework', Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis, Taylor and Francis Group, Mahwah, New Jersey 449-466 (2007) [B1]
2007 Dennis SJ, 'How to use the LSA website', Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis, Taylor and Francis Group, Mahwah, New Jersey 57-70 (2007) [B1]
2006 Dennis 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 theori... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1017/CBO9780511804632.010
Citations Scopus - 2
2003 Sweetser 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... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-35660-0
1998 Dennis 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Osth 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 ... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1037/a0038692
2014 Osth AF, Dennis S, 'Associative recognition and the list strength paradigm.', Mem Cognit, 42 583-594 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3758/s13421-013-0386-6
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014 Sreekumar 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 le... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0097166
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014 Osth 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 findin... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1080/17470218.2013.872824
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014 Osth AF, Dennis S, Kinnell A, 'Stimulus type and the list strength paradigm', QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 67 1826-1841 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17470218.2013.872824
Citations Web of Science - 1
2014 Osth 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 findin... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1080/17470218.2013.872824
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Eldridge 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]
DOI 10.1186/1866-1955-6-12
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Alison Lane
2013 Turner BM, Dennis S, Van Zandt T, 'Likelihood-Free Bayesian Analysis of Memory Models', PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW, 120 667-678 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1037/a0032458
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
2013 Kinnell 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]
DOI 10.3758/s13421-012-0289-y
2013 Yim H, Dennis SJ, Sloutsky VM, 'The Development of Episodic Memory: Items, Contexts, and Relations', PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 24 2163-2172 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0956797613487385
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2012 Kinnell A, Dennis S, 'The role of stimulus type in list length effects in recognition memory', MEMORY & COGNITION, 40 311-325 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.3758/s13421-011-0164-2
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 9
2011 Stone B, Dennis S, Kwantes PJ, 'Comparing Methods for Single Paragraph Similarity Analysis', TOPICS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 3 92-122 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2010.01108.x
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4
2011 Kinnell A, Dennis S, 'The list length effect in recognition memory: an analysis of potential confounds', MEMORY & COGNITION, 39 348-363 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.3758/s13421-010-0007-6
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
2011 Lane 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]
DOI 10.1007/s10803-010-1103-y
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Alison Lane
2011 de 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]
DOI 10.1162/jocn.2010.21601
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2011 Stone 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2011.06.007
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2010 Doxas 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]
DOI 10.1073/pnas.0908315107
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2010 Maguire 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2010.03.007
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2010 Dennis 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2010.06.001
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
2008 Dennis 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2008.06.007
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 26
2006 Dennis S, Monck A, 'The psychological reality of atomic propositions', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 58 72-72 (2006)
2006 Kinnnell 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)
2005 Stone B, Lee M, Dennis S, Nettlebeck T, 'Pupil size and mental load', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 57 73-73 (2005)
2005 Dennis S, 'A memory-based theory of verbal cognition', COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 29 145-193 (2005)
DOI 10.1207/s15516709cog0000_9
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 15
2003 Humphreys 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 condit... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1037/0278-7393.29.5.797
Citations Scopus - 18
2002 Finnigan 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 ... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/S0028-3932(02)00113-6
Citations Scopus - 84
2002 Harrington M, Dennis S, 'INPUT-DRIVEN LANGUAGE LEARNING', Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 24 (2002) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/S0272263102002103
2002 Dennis 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 reform... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1002/asi.10015
Citations Scopus - 34
2001 Dennis 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 ... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1037//0033-295X.108.2.452
Citations Scopus - 171
2000 Nelson DL, McEvoy CL, Dennis S, 'What is free association and what does it measure?', MEMORY & COGNITION, 28 887-899 (2000)
DOI 10.3758/BF03209337
Citations Web of Science - 69
2000 Bruza 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, reformu... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 39
2000 Finnigan 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)
2000 Humphreys 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 eva... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Kerry Chalmers
1999 Kalish 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 ... [more]

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.

1998 Dennis SJ, Krushcke J, 'Shifting attention in cued recall', Australian Journal of Psychology, 50 131-138 (1998)
1997 Chalmers KA, Humphreys MS, Dennis S, 'A naturalistic study of the word frequency effect in episodic recognition', Memory and Cognition, 25 780-784 (1997) [C1]
DOI 10.3758/BF03211321
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Kerry Chalmers
1996 Dennis S, Humphreys MS, Wiles J, 'Mathematical constraints on a theory of human memory - Response', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 19 559-& (1996)
1995 Chalmers KA, Humphreys MS, Dennis SJ, 'Experimental Manipulation of Word Frequency and Meaning', Australian Journal of Psychology, 47 6 (1995) [C3]
1995 DENNIS 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)
1994 HUMPHREYS MS, DENNIS S, 'GOING FROM TASK DESCRIPTIONS TO MEMORY STRUCTURES', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 17 483-483 (1994)
Citations Web of Science - 1
1994 HUMPHREYS 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)
1994 Humphreys 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 characteristic... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 31
1994 Chalmers 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Hamm 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]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-36632-1_19
Citations Scopus - 3
2013 Zhuang 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]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-36632-1_8
2010 Sreekumar 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]
2010 Osth 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]
2010 Freeman 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]
2009 Dennis 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]
2009 Ding 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]
2009 Dennis 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]
2009 Stone 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]
2009 Dennis SJ, 'Can a chaining model account for serial recall?', Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2009) [E1]
2009 Dennis 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]
2009 Kinnell 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]
2008 Stone 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)
2007 Doxas I, Dennis SJ, Oliver W, 'The dimensionality of language', Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2007) [E1]
2007 Dennis 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)
2006 Steyvers M, Griffiths TL, Dennis S, 'Probabilistic inference in human semantic memory', TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, UCLA, Inst Pure & Appl Math, Los Angeles, CA (2006)
DOI 10.1016/j.tics.2006.05.005
Citations Scopus - 31Web of Science - 27
2005 Dennis SJ, 'An exemplar-based approach to unsupervised parsing', Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX (2005) [E1]
2004 Dennis 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)
DOI 10.1073/pnas.0307758101
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13
2003 Dennis 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)
Citations Web of Science - 1
2003 Dennis 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)
Citations Web of Science - 1
2003 Harrington M, Dennis SJ, 'Structural Priming in Sentence Comprehension', The 25th Annual Meeting of the American Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA, USA (2003) [E1]
1998 Dennis S, Kruschke JK, 'Shifting attention in cued recall', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, UNIV WESTERN AUSTRALIA, NEDLANDS, AUSTRALIA (1998)
DOI 10.1080/00049539808258789
Citations Web of Science - 10
1998 Dennis 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)
1998 Dennis 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]
1997 Dennis SJ, Bruza PD, 'Query re-formulation on the Internet: Empirical data and the hyperindex search engine', Proceedings of the RIAO97 Conference, . (1997) [E1]
1994 Dennis 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)
1993 Dennis SJ, 'Adding Memory to Recurrent Networks: The Hybird Recurrent Network', Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Cognitive Science Conference, Australia (1993) [E1]
1993 Dennis 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)
1991 Dennis 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Dennis SJ, Method of Sentence Analysis (2004)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 41
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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Simon Dennis, Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor Vladimir Sloutsky
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400159
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body Keats Endowment Research Fund
Project Team Doctor Emily Freeman, Professor Simon Dennis, Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Doctor Adam Osth
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400745
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20122 grants / $104,870

Compendium Interface$64,950

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Improving OMSA for Handles. $39,920

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

20113 grants / $115,232

Finalization of ARP 15AH$102,133

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

New algorithms for Handles tool$10,253

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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 body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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

Funding body: Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Funding body Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Concept Extraction from Transcripts$27,720

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Concept exploration of Jhiardist communications$9,905

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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 body National Science Foundation
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Research Support for Computational Models$945,000

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Networks of Memories$450,000

Funding body: Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Funding body Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

The Psychology of Hate$25,000

Funding body: Mershon Center

Funding body Mershon Center
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20065 grants / $1,001,500

Computational Models standing offer$700,000

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Organisation

Funding body Defence Research and Development Organisation
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

Senior Researcher Grant$140,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The Textual Entailment Challenge$64,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The Language of Command$50,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

SP Model Foundational Research$47,500

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20054 grants / $236,000

Computational Neurosciences Cluster$180,000

Funding body: The University of Adelaide

Funding body The University of Adelaide
Project Team
Scheme Shared
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Human memory models for operator simulation$15,000

Funding body: Defence Research and Development Canada.

Funding body Defence Research and Development Canada.
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

Assessing the variability of document similarity judgements$11,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20041 grants / $13,000

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

Funding body: University of Adelaide

Funding body University of Adelaide
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20023 grants / $1,614,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: Institute of Educational Sciences

Funding body Institute of Educational Sciences
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

Technologies for assessing short answer questions$14,000

Funding body: Knowledge Analysis Technologies

Funding body Knowledge Analysis Technologies
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $88,994

Adding Content to models of Human Memory$84,330

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Website Usability Study: Usability improvement benchmarking$4,664

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding body Queensland University of Technology
Project Team
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body National Heart Foundation of Australia
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

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

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding body Queensland University of Technology
Project Team
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

Instance-based sentence processing$14,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Wesite Usability Study: Prototype Usability$13,000

Funding body: Queensland University of Technology

Funding body Queensland University of Technology
Project Team
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19993 grants / $1,449,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Project Team
Scheme unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Objective Measures Within Consumer Neuroscience
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013 The 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
2011 Perceptual Mechanisms Underlying the Embodimen of Emotion
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2010 Using 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

Email simon.dennis@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 4921 7980
Mobile 0467607835
Fax 4921 6980

Office

Room W206
Building Behavioural Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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