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Dr Simmy Poonian

BSc UoA, BSc UoA, MSc UCL, PhD UQ.

Simmy Poonian

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.403
Phone : +61 2 9850 2985
email : simmy.poonian@mq.edu.au

External Address

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

Profile

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Belief Formation Program and investigate the way in which our brain is able to plan and execute everyday movements. I am particularly interested in the ways the predictions we form about ourselves and the world is able to influences aspects of action control, action-effect processing, observation of others’ actions and attributions of causality. I use behavioural, EEG and fMRI techniques to investigate how our brains are able to make sense of goal-directed actions.

External Memberships

  • Member, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Gender and Diversity Working Group

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Perspectives Series Scheme (2017) "Funding to support a Faculty Perspectives Series on Human Science Methods of Studying the Self." Poonian, S. ($1,450)
  • ARC CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme (2017) "The neural response to expectations about our own actions in healthy and schizophrenia populations." Poonian, S., Wardle, S., Sowman, P., Keys, R., & Langdon, R. ($5,673)

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Bednark, J., Poonian, S.K., Palghat, K., McFadyen, J., & Cunnington, R. (2015). Identity-specific predictions and implicit measures of agency. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2(3), 253-268. doi:10.1037/cns0000062
  • Poonian, S.K., McFadyen, J., Ogden, J. & Cunnington, R. (2015). Implicit agency in observed actions: Evidence for N1 suppression of tones caused by self-made and observed actions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(4), 752-764. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00745
  • Poonian, S.K. & Cunnington, R. (2013). Intentional binding in self-made and observed actions. Experimental Brain Research, 229(3), 419-427. doi:10.1007/s00221-013-3505-5
  • Haggard, P., Poonian, S., & Walsh, E. (2009). Representing the consequences of intentionally inhibited actions. Brain Research, 1286, 106-113. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2009.06.020

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Poonian, S., Jacquet, P., & Waszak, F. (2016, November). Differences in neural oscillations for optimal movements and goal attainment when observing others actions. Poster session presented at the 6th Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference (ACNS), Shoal Bay.
  • Poonian, S., & Waszak, F. (2016, August). Predictability of the sensorimotor context influences pre-movement potentials. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Poonian, S. (2016, May). Pathways to PhD. Presentation given at the North Sydney Girl's High School Careers Day, Sydney.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Waszak, F. (2016, April). Predictable contexts about whether a sensory consequence follows an action influences pre-movement potentials. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Waszak, F. (2015, September). Predictable contexts about whether a sensory consequence follows an action influences pre-movement potentials. Poster session presented at the 19th European Society for Cognitive Psychology Conference (ESCOP), Paphos, Cyprus.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Cunnington, R. (2015, July). Sense of agency for others’ actions relies on external consequences rather than predictions. Poster session presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Science (ASSC), Paris, France.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Waszak, F. (2015, March). The “whether” of action-effect prediction. Poster session presented at the Oxford Workshop - Outcome Prediction in Attention, Learning and Cognitive Control, University of Oxford, UK.
  • Poonian, S.K. (2014, July). The causal inference between goal-directed actions and their sensory consequences. Colloquium at the Neuroscience Seminar Series, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Cunnington, R. (2014, July). Neural correlates of the attribution of agency for self-made and others’ actions: The role of the medial portion of the anterior PFC in attributing expected consequences to the self. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Cunnington, R. (2013, December). Intentional binding in self-made and observed actions. Paper presented at the Sense of Agency: "Theory, Methods and Application" Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Cunnington, R. (2013, November). The causal attribution between self-made actions, others’ actions. Poster session presented at the 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNS), Monash University, Melbourne.
  • Poonian, S.K., Wallis, G. & Cunnington, R. (2012, November). The causal attribution between self-made actions, others’ actions and their sensory consequences. Poster session presented at the 3rd Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNS), The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Poonian, S.K., Wallis, G. & Cunnington, R. (2012, July). Sense of a causal agent: Intentional binding in self-made and observed actions. Poster session presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Science (ASSC), Brighton, UK.
  • Poonian, S.K., & Cunnington, R. (2012, April). Intentional binding in self-made and observed actions. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), The University of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Poonian, S.K., Wallis, G. & Cunnington, R. (2011, December). Premovement activity and intentional binding. Poster session presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference - 21st Meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Macquarie University, Sydney.

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