Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences - Theses
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The neuroprotective effects of music training in epilepsy
Music is central to modern life and ubiquitous in human culture. A unique functional neurobiological property of music is its greater bilateral representation in the brain, which is hypothesised to account for the proposed ...
Expression of the broader autism phenotype in epilepsy
Converging evidence from epidemiological, family, and genetic studies supports that epilepsy and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) share underlying mechanisms. However, uncovering these mechanisms has been challenging because ...
Masculine norms, intimate partner violence, and the mediating role of sexual objectification
Men’s violence against women continues to be a frequent and serious problem globally. Women are most likely to experience violence at the hands of a romantic partner, with one in four Australian women being a victim of ...
Mapping common ground: relationships between sensory-processing sensitivity, introversion-extraversion, openness to experience and intelligence
Sensory-processing sensitivity encompasses the overlapping characteristics of low sensory threshold, heightened awareness of and reactivity to sensory stimuli, heightened top-down inhibitory processes, and deep processing ...
Effects of reward and punishment on learning from errors in smokers : bold response and task-based functional connectivity
Nicotine dependence is the main cause of preventable mortality and morbidity worldwide. Besides health detriments, nicotine dependence appears associated with impairments in emotional and cognitive processes. Dependent ...
Affective functional brain development from late childhood to early adolescence: interactive effects of adrenarcheal timing and parenting, and associations with internalising and externalising symptoms
Background: The childhood to adolescent transition is a period of marked brain development and increases in mental health difficulties. Both early pubertal timing and adverse parenting styles have been consistently associated ...
Quantifying variation in brain structure and function in autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
Neurodevelopmental abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are not well defined. In particular, the link between altered neurodevelopment and ASD symptomatology remains poorly characterised. A key challenge is the ...
Cerebral arterial asymmetries in the neonate
In spite of the symmetric embryological origins of many paired anatomical structures, the human body is inherently asymmetric. Adult studies reveal leftward asymmetries in the structure and haemodynamics of supra-aortic ...
The role of biological stress and inflammation in sleep and mental health: a longitudinal perspective among at-risk adolescents
Objective: A healthy functioning body relies in part on a delicate balance between the immune and neuroendocrine (or immuno-endocrine) systems. Sleep disturbance, anxiety, and depression have each been associated with ...
The role of presentation media in the moral domain
As the prevalence of text-based and computer-mediated communication has increased, a number of researchers in psychology have identified ways in which medium affects perception and behaviour. Yet, there is very limited ...