Cognitive Neuro-Engineering Laboratory
Prof. Nandagopal, Dean International, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, established a laboratory in 2011 to allow PhD students to undertake research in Cognitive Neuro-Engineering. The PhD students are undertaking a broad array of research in engineering applications to cognitive problems using EEG and related measures.
CNEL Team 2014
Bernadine Cocks - Research Assistant
Doctorate Psychology in progress 2012
Bachelor (Honours) Psychology completed in 2008 - University of New England
- Advanced Diploma Arts completed in 2007
Ms Cocks returned to full time study in 2005 after working in media and advertising. She graduated with a Bachelor Of Psychology with First Class Honours in 2008 from the University of New England, Armidale, NSW. Thesis tile "The Grammatical Class Files: the Lexical Stress is in there" examined the effects lexical stress and grammatical class on word-level language processing at a neural level using EEG. She also received the Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship for the year.
Ms. Cocks is currently, at the business end of a PhD in neuropsycholinguistics looking at the neural substrates of grammatical class perception (nouns versus verbs) with an emphasis on mirror neuron involvement. She is also looking at whether mirror neurons are involved with language learning in adults and, if so, whether that involvement is differential according to grammatical class type.
Ms. Cocks is interested in addicitive behaviours, language perception and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). She has also recently become interested in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specifically as it relates to defence force personnel. Ms. Cocks has tutored/marked/mentored a variety of subjects in psychology and medicine, ranging from first year public health to third year human neuroscience.