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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Nicholas Badcock

BSc UWA, MPsych AppDev/PhD UWA.

Nicholas Badcock

CCD Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact Details

Office : 3.743
Phone : +61 2 9850 4067
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : nicholas.badcock@mq.edu.au
Homepage : http://www.ccd.edu.au/

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

I also have a profile at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

Profile

I completed a combined MPsych/PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Western Australia in 2008. Under the supervision of Dr John Hogben and Associate Professor Janet Fletcher, my PhD research focussed on applying the attentional blink in children and dyslexia.

From 2008 to 2011 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Dorothy Bishop in Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments (OSCCI) at Oxford University. My work predominantly examined language lateralisation in adults and toddlers using functional Transcanial Doppler Ultrasound (click the doi for the Bishop et al., 2010 periodical below for a short video of the method).

I returned to Australia in 2011 to take up a postdoctoral research fellowship at Macquarie University. With Associated Professor Genevieve McArthur, I am working on cognitive preparation and its relationship with reading.

We have recently validated a gaming EEG system for ERP research with adults and are currently finalising a similar comparison in children. For more information see the Badcock et al., 2013 periodical below.

One of our most fun ways to collect data is through a School Holiday Research Programme. Based on the Murdoch University Project KIDS, each day of the school holidays we invite up to 12 children to participate in a series of games and puzzles to help us learn about the brain.

I am also part of a cross-disciplinary team working on a project investigating meditation and auditory attention. To find out more, scroll down to the 'Projects' listing at: http://www.cogsci.mq.edu.au/facilities/erp/peopleprojects.html

Awards

  • Promotion to Lecturer (Level B) (2013), Badcock, N.
  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards: Highly Commended for Excellence in Research – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities (2013), Badcock, N. "A video-gaming system to measure event related brain activity in research."
  • Red Balloon Award for exemplary effort, team work, productivity & public service. Human Sciences, Macquarie University (2013), Badcock, N.
  • Macquarie University Innovation Award: Highly Commended (2013), Badcock, N., McArthur, G., de Lissa, P., Mousikou, P., Mahajan, Y., & Thie,. J. "A video-gaming system to measure event-related brain activity in research."

Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2014) "Exploring the role of meditation in language remediation: A behavioural and neurophysiological study." Biedermann, B., McArthur, G., Savage, G., Mahajan, Y., de Lissa, P., Polito, V., Quinto, L., Connors, M., Badcock, N., & Larsen, L. ($20,000)
  • Australian Catholic University Research Funding (2014 - 2015) "The development of facial expression processing." Willis, M., Palermo, R., & Badcock, N.A. ($40,000)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2013) "The generalisation of a perceptual anchoring deficit in dyslexia." Badcock, N., Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., McArthur, G., & Jeffery, L. ($20,117)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Open Access Journal Assistance Scheme (2013) "The role of preparation time in the attentional blink" (Vision Research). Badcock, N.A. ($1,929)
  • Division Research Performance Fund (2013 - 2014) "Neurovascular coupling: Pairing transcranial Doppler with electroencephalography." Keage, H.A., Kohler, M.J., Churches, O.F., & Badcock, N.A. ($12,605)
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grant (2012 - 2014) "The role of temporal attention in developmental dyslexia: How does foreperiod affect single-target processing?" Badcock, N.A., McArthur, G., & Badcock, D.R. ($47,188)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Bakker, M.J., Hofmann, J., Churches, O.F., Badcock, N.A., Kohler, M., & Keage, H.A.D. (2014). Cerebrovascular function and cognition in childhood: A systematic review of transcranial doppler studies. BMC Neurology, 14(43), 1-12. doi:10.1186/1471-2377-14-43
  • Boyes, M.E., Bowes, L., Cluver, L.D., Ward, C.L., & Badcock, N.A. (In Press). Bullying victimisation, internalising symptoms, and conduct problems in South African children and adolescents: A longitudinal investigation. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi:10.1007/s10802-014-9888-3
  • Badcock, N.A., Badcock, D.R., Fletcher, J., & Hogben, J. (2013). The role of preparation time in the attentional blink. Vision Research, 76, 68-76. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2012.10.010
  • Badcock, N.A., Mousikou, P., Mahajan, Y., de Lissa, P., Thie, J., & McArthur, G.M. (2013). Validation of the Emotiv EPOC® EEG gaming system for measuring research quality auditory ERPs. PeerJ, 1, e38. doi:10.7717/peerj.38
  • Groen, M.A., Whitehouse, A.O.J., Badcock, N.A., & Bishop, D.V.M (2013). Associations between handedness and cerebral lateralisation for language: A comparison of three measures in children. PLoS ONE, 8(5), e64876. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064876
  • Rosch, R.E., Bishop, D.V.M., & Badcock, N.A. (2012). Lateralised visual attention is unrelated to language lateralisation, and not influenced by task difficulty – A functional transcranial doppler study. Neuropsychologia, 50(5), 810-815. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.01.015
  • Badcock, N.A., Nye, A., & Bishop, D.V.M. (2012). Using functional transcranial Doppler ultrasonography to assess language lateralisation: Influence of task and difficulty level. Laterality, 17(6), 694-710. doi:10.1080/1357650X.2011.615128
  • Badcock, N.A., Holt, G., Holden, A., & Bishop, D.V.M. (2012). dopOSCCI: A functional transcranial Doppler ultrasonography summary suite for Matlab. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 204(2), 383-388. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2011.11.018
  • Badcock, N.A., Bishop, D.V.M., Hardiman, M.J., Barry, J.G., & Watkins, K.E. (2012). Co-localisation of structural and functional brain abnormalities associated with Specific Language Impairment. Brain and Language, 120, 310-320. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2011.10.006
  • Groen, M.A., Whitehouse, A.O.J., Badcock, N.A., & Bishop, D.V.M (2012). Does cerebral lateralization develop? A study using functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound assessing lateralization for language production and visuospatial memory. Brain and Behavior, 2(3), 256-269.
  • Badcock, N.A., Hogben, J., & Fletcher, J. (2011). Dyslexia and practice in the attentional blink: Evidence of slower task learning in dyslexia. Cortex, 47(4), 494-500. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2010.03.002
  • Groen, M.A., Whitehouse, A.O.J., Badcock, N.A., & Bishop, D.V.M. (2011). Where were those rabbits? A new paradigm to determine cerebral lateralisation of visualspatial memory in children. Neuropsychologia, 49(12), 3265-3271. doi:16/j.neuropsychologia.2011.07.031
  • Bishop, D.V.M., Badcock, N.A., & Holt, G. (2010). Assessment of Cerebral Lateralization in Children using Functional Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound (fTCD). Journal of Visualised Experiments, 43, e2161. doi: 10.3791/2161
  • Whitehouse, A.O.J., Groen, M.A., Badcock, N.A., & Bishop, D.V.M. (2009). Reliability of a novel paradigm for determining hemispheric lateralization of visuospatial function. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 27, 1-5. doi:10.1017/S1355617709990555
  • Badcock, N.A., Hogben, J., & Fletcher, J. (2008). No differential attentional blink in dyslexia after controlling for baseline sensitivity. Vision Research, 48, 1497-1502. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2008.03.008

Published Abstracts

  • Badcock, N.A., Mousikou, B., Mahajan, Y., de Lissa, P., Thie, J., & McArthur, G. (2012). Emotiv versus Neuroscan: Validating a gaming EEG system for research quality ERP measurement [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2012.208.00122
  • Hartland, A., Kohler, M., Churches, O., Keage, H., Badcock, N.A., Spooner, R., & Elliot, S. (2012). Language lateralisation and cognitive performance in young children: A functional transcranial Doppler study [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2012.208.00122

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Badcock, N.A., Anderson, M., Hogben, J., & Fletcher, J. (2006). Speed of processing, time and interference in the attentional blink: Application to children. In (Ed.), In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Development and Learning Bloomington, IN: .

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Badcock, N.A., & de Wit, B. (2014, July). A gaming EEG system for research. Symposium conducted at the National Youth Science Forum, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Kohler, M., Hofmann, J., Flitton, A., Spooner, R. Badcock, N.A., Churchse, O., & Keage, H.A. (2014, July). Language lateralisation and cognitive performance during infancy. Poster session presented at the 12th International Conference on Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Keage, H.A., Churches, O., Kurylowicz, L., Flitton, A., Lavrencic, L., Hofmann, J., Kohler, M., & Badcock, N.A. (2014, July). Cerebral language lateralisation attenuates in old age and associated with fluid not crystallised cognitive abilities: Evidence from functional Transcranial Doppler methods. Poster session presented at the 12th International Conference on Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Kurylowicz, L., Badcock, N.A., Kohler, M., Churches, O., & Keage, H.A. (2014, July). Measuring neurovascular coupling by combining electrodencephalogram and functional Transcranial Doppler: A detailed method. Poster session presented at the 12th International Conference on Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Badcock, N. (2014, May). Maybe some people aren't prepared to read? Colloquium at the Department of Cognitive Science 3M Research Fiesta, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N. (2014, May). An introduction to functional Transcranial Doppler Sonography. Symposium conducted at the The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Sydney.
  • Biedermann, B., & Coote, G., MacArthur, G., Mahajan, Y., DeLissa P., Polito, V., Badcock, N., Connors, M., Quinto, L., Larsen, L., & Savage, G. (2014, May). Exploring the role of meditation in auditory attention: A behavioural and neuropsychological study. Colloquium at the Standing still to learn symposium, UNSW.
  • Badcock, N.A., & de Wit, B. (2014, April). The Emotiv System: A 'gaming EEG system' that has been converted into an ERP system. Presentation given at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Stakeholders Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2013, December). What's the attentional blink got to do with dyslexia? Invited colloquium at the School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University, Perth.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2013, December). Stories of cerebral lateralisation and functional Transcranial Doppler Sonography. Invited colloquium at the Project KIDS Research Team, School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University, Perth.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2013, December). The Emotiv EPOC system for research. Invited colloquium at the Project KIDS Research Team, School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University, Perth.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2013, November). The Emotiv EPOC EEG system for research. Invited colloquium at the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Integrated Research and Understanding of Sleep (NHMRC CIRUS) Sleep and Circadian Research Group, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2013, November). Subtypes of dyslexia and getting involved in research. Presentation given at the Learning Differences Convention, Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney.
  • Hofmann, J., Flitton, A., Kurylowicz, L., Lavrencic, L., Badcock, N.A., Churches, O.F., Kohler, M.J., & Keage, H.A. (2013, November). Cognitive ability in the elderly is related to the timing not degree of lateralisation of the functional cerebrovascular response. Paper presented at the 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC), Melbourne.
  • Spooner, R., Flitton, A., Hofmann, J., Ridley, J., Porteous, O., Lushington, K., Keage, H.A., Badcock, N.A., & Kohler, M.J. (2013, November). Cerebral blood flow and behaviour in young children with sleep disruption. Paper presented at the 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC): Special Symposium on Frontier Technologies, Melbourne.
  • Badcock, N.A., & Kidd, J. (2013, July). If the attentional blink measures a distal cause of dyslexia, what is it? Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hong Kong.
  • Bentvelzen, A., McArthur, G.M., Badcock, N. A., Johnson, B., Willis, M., Lee, S., & Savage, G. (2013, July). Right-hemisphere memory: Lateralisation effects of material, modality, novelty, verbalisation and sex. Poster session presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, June). Reading and language abilities are related to auditory perceptual anchoring in children with learning difficulties. Poster session presented at the Language in Developmental and Acquired disorders: Future directions, The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, Chicheley, UK.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G. (2013, June). What do language skills have to do with auditory perceptual anchoring and dyslexia? Invited colloquium at the Language and Developmental Seminar Series, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, May). Non-word reading and repetition predicts auditory perceptual anchoring in dyslexia. Symposium conducted at the International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia (IWORDD), San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, April). Non-word reading and repetition predicts auditory perceptual anchoring in dyslexia. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, April). Updating auditory but not visual perceptual representations is related to reading: A study in developmental dyslexia. Poster session presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Bentvelzen, A., McArthur, G.M., & Badcock, N. (2013, April). Right-hemisphere memory: Lateralisation effects of material, modality, novelty, verbalization, and sex. Poster session presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Fransisco, USA.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2012, September). The attentional blink in dyslexia: Where’s the problem? Invited presentation given at the Attention and Perception Seminar Series, University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N. (2012, May). Introduction to careers in Psychology. Invited presentation given at the Normanhurst Boys' High School, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A., & Anderson, M. (2012, April). Development of the attentional blink in children: Selective attention and automaticity. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A., Nye, A., Rosch, R., & Bishop, D.V.M. (2011, December). Lateralization of language and spatial skills is not affected by task difficulty: A functional Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography investigation. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Conference (ACNC), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2011, November). The attentional blink and dyslexia: Where does it go wrong? Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A. (2011, September). Endogenous attentional control in children born prematurely: An attentional blink investigation. Invited presentation given at the King Edward Memorial Hospital Seminar Series, Subiaco.

Further Information

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Contact Details

Telephone: (02) 9850 9599
Fax : (02) 9850 6059
Email : cogsci@mq.edu.au
Web : www.cogsci.mq.edu.au