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Professor Mark Williams

BSc Monash, PhD Monash.

Mark Williams

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.511
Phone : +61 2 9850 4438
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : mark.williams@mq.edu.au

External Address

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

Profile

I am interested in the way the brain generates the perceptual reality we ‘see’. I use both novel objects and more familiar stimuli such as faces and scenes to examine the areas of the brain involved in perception. I also use novel analysis techniques such as multi-voxel pattern analysis to 'read-out' how the brain perceives the world.

Following my PhD, I worked at the University of Melbourne as a Postdoctoral Scientist supervised by Professor Jason Mattingley for 2.5 years. Subsequently, I was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Travelling Postdoctoral Fellowship to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) supervised by Professor Nancy Kanwisher for two years, beginning in August 2005. I returned to Australia in September 2007 to complete the NHMRC Fellowship, taking up a Senior Lecturer position at Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (MACCS), Macquarie University. In 2009, I was awarded an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship for five years and was promoted to Associate Professor at Macquarie University.

I have access to excellent research facilities, including fully-equipped behavioural testing laboratories, the Macquarie University Hospital 3T Siemens Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner (with eyetracking facilities), and the KIT-Macquarie Brain Imaging laboratory (Magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography). Our group also has an Action Laboratory and a Transcranial Magnetc Stimulation (TMS) Laboratory.


Recent External Appointments

  • Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. (2009 continuing)
  • Academic Editor, Frontiers in Vision Science. (2009 continuing)
  • Academic Editor, PLoS-One. (2008 continuing)

External Memberships

  • Australasian Experimental Psychology Society
  • Australian Neuroscience Society
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (USA)
  • European Vision Society
  • Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neuroscience (Australia)
  • Society for Neuroscience (USA)
  • Vision Sciences Society (USA)

Awards

  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Dean’s Citation for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (2016), de Wit, B., Badcock, N., Kaplan, D., Williams, M., & Richardson, C. "For implementing brain-imaging technology in first year Cognitive Science laboratory classes, providing an unprecedented learning experience that allows students to visualize their own brain activity.”
  • Promotion to Professor (Level E) (2014), Williams, M.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme (2017) "Magnetic resonance-compatible experimental equipment." Wardle, S., Seymour, K., Woolgar, A., Zopf, R., Rich, A., Curby, K., Yang, J., Williams, M., & Pardey, M. ($50,997)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant (2015) "A naturalistic multimodal stimulus delivery with a 3D capable head-mounted display." Chong, T., & Williams, M. ($2,126)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2015) "Investigating the effects of visual feedback information on body representation, sense of ownership and agency using next-generation virtual reality." Pritchard, S., Kaplan, D., Polito, V., Zopf, R., Williams, M., & Coltheart, M. ($38,000)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant (2015) "A large-format, 32-inch touchscreen and a consumer-grade hand motion and gesture tracker." Pritchard, S., Kaplan, D., Zopf, R., Polito, V., & Williams, M. ($2,738)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Open Access Journal Assistance Scheme (2015) "Flexible coding of task rules in frontoparietal cortex: An adaptive system for flexible cognitive control" (Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience). Woolgar, A., Rich, A., & Williams, M. ($1,698)
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grants (2014 - 2015) "The role of oxytocin in modulating anxiety and social behaviour in neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders." Porter, M.A., Tassabehji, M., Hocking, D., Wong, Q., Williams, M., Rapee, R., & Dissanayake, C. ($49,737)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre Scheme (2014 - 2017) "Perception in Action Research Centre (PARC)" Rich, A., Finkbeiner, M., Williams, M., Carlson, T., Sowman, P., Brooks, K., Coltheart, V., Curby, K., & Stevenson, R.J. ($30,000)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant Scheme (2013) "Chin and forehead supports for TMS experiments." Finkbeiner, M., Williams, M., Sowman, P., & Seymour, K. ($5,920)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2013) "Understanding multiple components of self: Agency and body representation in healthy and impaired cognition". Polito, V., Zopf, R., Williams, M., Barnier, A., Langdon, L., Moore, J., & Morgan, H. ($20,000)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2013) "Magnetic resonance-compatible integrated audio-visual stimulus delivery system." Seymour, K., Woolgar, A., Rich, A.N., Williams, M.A., McMahon, C., Demuth, K., Magnussen, J., Carlson, T., Curby, K., & Zopf, R. ($40,621)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant (2013) "Portable eye tracker for clinical purposes." Williams, M.A., Graham, S., Rich, A.N., Woolgar, A., Savage, G., Zopf, R., Brock, J., & Finkbeiner, M. ($45,288)
  • NHMRC Project Grant [1028578] (2012 - 2014) "Seeing clearly: Examining the consequences of glaucoma for the human brain." Williams, M., Rich, A., & Graham, S. ($426,175)
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant [DP120102835] (2012 - 2014) "Making sense of the world: how does the brain process task-relevant information?" Woolgar, A., Rich, A.N., Williams, M.A., & Duncan, J. ($246,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grant (2012 - 2014) "Towards understanding body representations and their influences on perception, cognition and behaviour: The role of visual information and awareness." Zopf, R., & Williams, M. ($40,532)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant (2011) "Eye monitoring and tactile stimulators for a magnetic resonance imaging environment". Rich, A.N., Graham, S., Williams, M.A., Morgan, M., Savage, G., Burianová, H., Magnussen, J., Finkbeiner, M., Marsh, P., & Rowe, D. ($50,000)
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant (2009 - 2011) "The human face as an evolved signalling system." Burke, D., Palermo, R., Williams, M.A., & Favelle, S. ($185,000)
  • NHMRC Project Grant (2009 - 2011) "Neurocognitive studies of brain plasticity associated with surgical treatment of arteriovenous malformations" Savage, G., Morgan, M.K., Williams, M.A., Rich, A., Maruff, P.T., & Baker, C.I. ($674,500)
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant [DP0984919] (2009 - 2013) "How does the brain process facial expressions?" Williams, M.A. ($609,610)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Schmalzl, L., & Williams, M. (In Press). Prosopagnosia. In R. van der Zwan, & A. Brooks (Eds.), Case Studies in Neuroscience. Melbourne: Palgrave.

Periodicals

  • de Wit, B., Badcock, N.A., Grootswagers, T., Hardwick, K., Teichmann, L., Wehrman, J., Williams, M., & Kaplan, D.M. (2017). Neurogaming technology meets neuroscience education: A cost-effective, scalable, and highly portable undergraduate teaching laboratory for neuroscience. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15(2), A104-A109. [Link]
  • Jackson, J., Williams, M., Rich, A., & Woolgar, A. (2017). Feature-selective attention in frontoparietal cortex: Multivoxel codes adjust to prioritise task-relevant information. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(2), 310-321. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01039
  • Awasthi, B., Williams, M.A., & Friedman, J. (2016). Examining the role of red background in magnocellular contribution to face perception. PeerJ, 4, e1617. doi:10.7717/peerj.1617
  • Burianová, H., Sowman, P.F., Marstaller, L., Rich, A.N., Williams, M.A., Savage, G., Al-Janabi, S., de Lissa, P., & Johnson, B.W. (2016). Adaptive motor imagery: A multimodal study of immobilization-induced brain plasticity. Cerebral Cortex, 26(3), 1072-1080. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu287
  • Pritchard, S.C., Zopf, R., Polito, V., Kaplan, D.M., & Williams, M.A. [Note: The first three authors contributed equally to writing this manuscript.] (2016). Non-hierarchical influence of visual form, touch and position cues on embodiment, agency and presence in virtual reality. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1649. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01649
  • Rivolta, D., Puce, A., & Williams, M.A. (2016). Editorial: Facing the other: Novel theories and methods in face perception research. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(32), 1-4. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00032
  • Seymour, K.J., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2016). The representation of color across the human visual cortex: Distinguishing chromatic signals contributing to object form versus surface color. Cerebral Cortex, 26(5), 1997-2005. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv021
  • Weldon, K.B., Rich, A.N., Woolgar, A., & Williams, M. (2016). Disruption of foveal space impairs discrimination of peripheral objects. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 699. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00699
  • Zopf, R., Contini, E., Fowler, C., Mondraty, N., & Williams, M.A. (2016). Body distortions in anorexia nervosa: Evidence for changed processing of multisensory bodily signals. Psychiatry Research, 245, 473-481. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2016.09.003
  • Burianová, H., Rich, A.N., Williams, M.A., Morgan, M., Marstaller, L., Maruff, P., Baker, C., & Savage, G. (2015). Long-term plasticity in adult somatosensory cortex: Functional reorganization after surgical removal of an arteriovenous malformation. Neurocase, 21(5), 618–627. doi:10.1080/13554794.2014.960429
  • Marstaller, L., Williams, M., Rich, A., Savage, G., & Burianová, H. (2015). Ageing and large-scale functional networks: White matter integrity, gray matter volume, and functional connectivity in the resting state. Neuroscience, 290, 369-378. doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.01.049
  • Woolgar, A., Afshar, S., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2015). Flexible coding of task rules in frontoparietal cortex: An adaptive system for flexible cognitive control. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(10), 1895-1911. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00827
  • Woolgar, A., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2015). Attention enhances multi-voxel representation of novel objects in frontal, parietal and visual cortices. NeuroImage, 109, 429–437. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.083
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2015). The plausibility of visual information for hand ownership modulates multisensory synchrony perception. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2311-2321. doi:10.1007/s00221-015-4300-2
  • Rivolta, D., Woolgar, A., Palermo, R., Butko, M., Schmalzl, L., & Williams, M.A. (2014). Multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) reveals abnormal fMRI activity in both the “core” and “extended” face network in congenital prosopagnosia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 925. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00925
  • Awasthi, B., Sowman, P.F., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2013). Distinct spatial scale sensitivities for early categorisation of faces and places: Neuromagnetic and behavioural findings. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(91. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00091
  • Burianová, H., Marstaller, L., Sowman, P., Tesan, G., Rich, A.N., Williams, M., Savage, G., & Johnson, B.W. (2013). Multimodal functional imaging of motor imagery using a novel paradigm. NeuroImage, 71, 50-58. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.01.001
  • Quah-Smith, I., Suo, C., Williams, M.A., & Sachdev, P. (2013). The antidepressant effect of laser acupuncture: A comparison of the resting brain's default mode network in healthy and depressed subjects during functional magnetic resonance imaging. Medical Acupuncture, 25(2), 124-133.
  • Zopf, R., & Williams, M.A. (2013). Preference for orientations commonly viewed for one's own hand in the anterior intraparietal cortex. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e53812. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053812
  • Zopf, R., Savage, G., & Williams, M.A. (2013). The crossmodal congruency task as a means to obtain an objective behavioural measure in the rubber hand illusion paradigm. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 77, e50530. doi:10.3791/50530
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Reach trajectories reveal delayed processing of low spatial frequency faces in developmental prosopagnosia. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3(2), 120–130. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2012.673482
  • Chambers, C.D., Allen, C.P.G., Maizey, L., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Is delayed foveal feedback critical for extra-foveal perception? Cortex, 49(1), 327–335.
  • McCarrey, A.C., Henry, J.D., von Hippel, W., Weidemann, G., Sachdev, P., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Age differences in neural activity during slot machine gambling: An fMRI study. PLoS One, 7(11), e49787. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049787
  • Quah-Smith, I., Wen, W., Chen, X., Williams, M.A., & Sachdev, P.S. (2012). The brain effects of laser acupuncture in depressed individuals: An fMRI investigation. Medical Acupuncture, 24(3), 161-171. doi:10.1089/acu.2011.0870
  • Rivolta, D., Palermo, R., Schmalzl, L., & Williams, M.A. (2012). An early category-specific neural response for the perception of both places and faces. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 45-51.
  • Rivolta, D., Palermo, R., Schmalzl, L., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Investigating the features of the M170 in congenital prosopagnosia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 1-13.
  • Schmalzl, L., Zopf, R., & Williams, M. (2012). From head to toe: Evidence for response selectivity to whole individuals in human extrastriate cortex. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 108. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00108
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2011). Faster, stronger, lateralized: Low spatial frequency information supports face processing. Neuropsychologia, 49(13), 3583-3590. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.08.027
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011). Processing of low spatial frequency faces at periphery in choice reaching tasks. Neuropsychologia, 49(7), 2136-2141. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.03.003
  • Baggott, S., Palermo, R., & Williams, M.A. (2011). Involuntary facial expression processing: Extracting information from two simultaneously presented faces. PLoS One, 6, e22287. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022287
  • Zopf, R., Harris, J.A., & Williams, M.A. (2011). The influence of body-ownership cues on tactile sensitivity. Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(3-4), 147-154. doi:10.1080/17588928.2011.578208
  • Zopf, R., Truong, S., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011). Viewing and feeling touch modulates hand position for reaching. Neuropsychologia, 49(5), 1287-1293. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.02.012
  • Quah-Smith, I., Sachdev, P.S., Wen, W., Chen, X., & Williams, M. (2010). The brain effects of laser acupuncture in healthy individuals: An fMRI investigation. PLoS ONE, 5(9), e12619. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012619
  • Williams, M.A., & Sachdev, P.S. (2010). Magnetoencephalography in Neuropsychiatry: ready for application? Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 23, 273-277. doi:10.1097/YCO.0b013e328338621d
  • Wilmer, J.B., Germine, L., Chabris, C.F., Chatterjee, G., Nakayama, K., Williams, M.A., Loken, E., & Duchaine, B. (2010). Human face recognition ability is highly heritable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(11), 5238-5241. doi:10.1073/pnas.0913053107
  • Wilmer, J.B., Germine, L., Loken, E., Guo, X.M., Chatterjee, G., Nakayama, K., Williams, M.A., Chabris, C.F., & Duchaine, B. (2010). Response to Thomas: Is human face recognition ability entirely genetic? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(24), E101. doi:10.1073/pnas.1004299107
  • Zopf, R., Savage, G., & Williams, M. (2010). Crossmodal congruency measures of lateral distance effects on the rubber hand illusion. Neuropsychologia, 48, 713-725. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.10.028
  • Chong, T., Cunnington, R., Williams, M.A., & Mattingley, J.B. (2009). The role of selective attention in matching observed and executed actions. Neuropsychologia, 47(3), 786-795.
  • Wallis, T.S.A., Williams, M.A. & Arnold, D.H. (2009). Pre-exposure to moving form enhances static form sensitivity. PLoS One, Dec 17(4, 12), e8324.
  • Chong, T., Cunnington, R., Williams, M.A., Kanwisher, N.G., & Mattingley, J.B. (2008). fMRI adaptation reveals mirror neurons in human inferior parietal cortex. Current Biology, 18, 1576-1580.
  • Chong, T., Williams, M.A., Cunnington, R., & Mattingley, J.B. (2008). Selective attention modulates inferior frontal gyrus activity during action observation. NeuroImage, 40, 298-307.
  • Williams, M.A., Baker, C.I., Op de Beeck, H.P., Shim, W.M., Dang, S., Triantafyllou, C. & Kanwisher, N.G. (2008). Feedback of visual object information to foveal retinotopic cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 11, 1439-1445.
  • Williams, M.A., McGlone, F., Abbott, D.F., & Mattingley, J.B. (2008). Stimulus-driven and strategic neural responses to fearful and happy facial expressions during visual search. European Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 3074-3082.
  • Williams, M.A., Visser, T., Cunnington, R., & Mattingley, J.B. (2008). Attenuation of neural responses in primary visual cortex during the attentional blink. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 9890-9894.
  • Williams, M.A., Berberovic, N. & Mattingley, J.B. (2007). Abnormal fMRI adaptation to unfamiliar faces in a case of developmental prosopamnesia. Current Biology, 17, 1259-1264.
  • Williams, M.A., Dang, S. & Kanwisher, N.G. (2007). Only some spatial patterns of fMRI response are read out in task performance. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 685-686.
  • Rich, A.N., Williams, M.A., Puce, A., Syngeniotis, A., Howard, M.A., McGlone, F., Mattingley, J.B. (2006). Neural correlates of imagined and synaesthetic colours. Neuropsychologia, 44, 2918-2925.
  • Williams, M.A., & Mattingley, J.B. (2006). Do angry men get noticed? Current Biology, 16(11), R402-404.
  • Williams, M.A., Savage, G., & Halmagyi, M. (2006). Abnormal configural face perception in a patient with right anterior temporal lobe atrophy. Neurocase, 12, 286-291.
  • Williams, M.A., McGlone, F., Abbott, D.F., & Mattingley, J.B. (2005). Differential amygdala response to happy and fearful facial expressions depends on selective attention. NeuroImage, 24, 417-425.
  • Williams, M.A., Moss, S.A., Bradshaw, J.L., & Mattingley, JB. (2005). Look at me, I'm smiling: Searching for threatening and non-threatening facial expressions. Visual Cognition, 12(1), 29-50.
  • Williams, M.A., & Mattingley, J.B. (2004). Unconscious perception of facial emotion in parietal extinction. Experimental Brain Research, 154(4), 403-406.
  • Williams, M.A., Morris, A.P., McGlone, F., Abbott, D.F., & Mattingley, J.B. (2004). Amygdala responses to fearful and happy facial expressions under conditions of binocular suppression. Journal of Neuroscience, 24(12), 2898-2904.
  • Williams, M.A., Moss, S.A., & Bradshaw, J.L. (2004). A unique look at face processing: The impact of masked faces on the processing of facial features. Cognition, 91(2), 155-172.
  • Williams, M.A., Moss, S.A., Bradshaw, J.L., & Rinehart, N.J. (2004). Processi di generazione casuale di numeri nell' Autismo. The Italian Journal of Disabilities, 4(2), 53-60.
  • Williams, M.A., Moss, S.A., Bradshaw, J.L., & Rinehart, N.J. (2002). Random number generation in low functioning individuals with autism: A case for a compromised lateral orbito-frontal circuit. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 32(1), 43-47.
  • Weldon, K., Woolgar, A., Rich, A., & Williams, M. (0000). The fovea is essential for peripheral vision: The effect of foveal distractors on extra-foveal perception. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 609-609.

Published Abstracts

  • Contini, E., Williams, M.A., Grootswagers, T., Goddard, E., & Carlson, T. (2016). Dichotomy versus continuum: Evidence for a more complex agency model of visual object categorisation [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 16, 252. doi:10.1167/16.12.252
  • Ritchie, J.B., Wardle, S., Rich, A., Graham, S., & Williams, M. (2015). Decoding feedback to the lesion projection zone of V1 in individuals with glaucoma [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 1252. doi:10.1167/15.12.1252
  • Weldon, K., Woolgar, A., Rich, A., & Williams, M. (2015). The fovea is essential for peripheral vision: The effect of foveal distractors on extra-foveal perception [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 609. doi:10.1167/15.12.609
  • Weldon, K., Woolgar, A., Rich, A., & Williams, M. (2015). How veridical is feedback of visual object information to foveal retinotopic cortex? [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: XII International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON-XII). doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2015.217.00358
  • Burianová, H., Marstaller, L., Rich, A., Williams, M., & Savage, G. (2014). Age-related compensation during motor imagery: A multimodal study [Abstract]. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(Suppl. 1), 60.
  • Seymour, K., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2014). Representations of colour in human visual cortex: From chromatic signals on the retina to representations of object surfaces [Abstract]. Perception, 43(Suppl. ECVP), 69.
  • Burianová, H., Rich, A., Williams, M., Marstaller, L., Morgan, M., & Savage, G. (2013). Plasticity in adult somatosensory cortex: Comparison before and after brain surgery [Abstract]. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(Suppl. 1), 85.
  • Seymour, K.J., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2013). Binding colour to object surfaces in the human visual cortex [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00028
  • Woolgar, A., Afshar, S., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2013). Flexible coding of task rules in frontoparietal cortex [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00161
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2013). Representing hands in the brain and effects of viewing hands on temporal synchrony perception [Abstract]. Multisensory Research, 31(Suppl. 26).
  • Awasthi, B., Sowman, P.F., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Behavioural and MEG studies of perception of low spatial frequency faces [Abstract]. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 43(3), 215-250. doi:10.1177/1550059412444821
  • Charmet-Mougey, L., Rich, A., & Williams, M. (2012). Mud sticks: How biographical knowledge influences facial expression perception [Abstract]. Perception, 41, 107.
  • Rich, A.N., Graham, S.L., Klistorner, A., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Neural ‘filling-in’? Increased response in deprived visual cortex when regions adjacent to a glaucomatous scotoma are stimulated [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology.
  • Smith, F., Rich, A.N., Graham, S., de Lissa, P., Brooks, K., & Williams, M.A. (2012). ‘Filling-in’ of stimuli at the physiological blind spot reflects lateral connection rather than feedback [Abstract]. EEG and Clinical Neuroscience, 43(3), 246.
  • Williams, M.A., Awasthi, B., Sowman, P.F., Finkbeiner, M.S., & Rich, A.N. (2012). Atypical neural response to high and low spatial frequency stimuli in a rare case of visual perseveration [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2012.208.00163
  • Williams, M.A., Finkbeiner, M.S., & Rich, A.N. (2012). Frontiers in human neuroscience [Abstract]. ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference.
  • Woolgar, A., Rich, A.N., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Attention enhances multi-voxel representation of objects in frontal, parietal and visual cortices [Abstract]. Combined Abstracts of 2012 Australian Psychology Conferences, CDROM.
  • Woolgar, A., Walther, A., Williams, M.A., Rich, A.N., & Kriegeskorte, N. (2012). Distinct reinstatement of multi-voxel patterns predicts memory for complex audio-visual stimuli [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2012.208.00161
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Using a virtual hand to investigate body representations [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [Conference Abstract] ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference.
  • Graham, S.L., Rich, A.N., Klistorner, A., & Williams, M.A. (2011). Functional MRI reveals activation of visual cortex by adjacent stimuli in glaucomatous scotoma regions - perceptual fill-in? [Abstract]. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 52, E1647.
  • Rivolta, D., Schmalzl, L., Palermo, R. & Williams, M.A. (2011). Multi-voxel patter analysis of fMRI data reveals abnormal anterior temporal lobe activity in congenital prosopagnosia [Abstract]. Perception, 40, 163.
  • Williams, M.A., Rich, A.N., Klistorner, A., & Graham, S. (2011). Neural filling-in? Increased response in deprived visual cortex when regions adjacent to a glucomatous scotoma are stimulated [Abstract]. Perception, 40(Suppl. ECVP Abst), 50.
  • Woolgar, A., Rich, A.N., & Williams, M.A. (2011). Multi-voxel coding in frontal, parietal and visual cortices: the effect of top-down attention on the representation of novel objects [Abstract]. Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Conference, Clinical EEG and Neuroscience.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010). Low spatial frequency faces affect reaching behaviour [Abstract]. Combined Abstracts of the 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences [CDROM].
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010). Reach trajectories reveal early processing of low spatial frequency faces [Abstract]. Neuroscience 2010: Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Baggott, S., Palermo, R., & Williams, M. A. (2010). Task demands and capacity limits in the processing of emotional facial expressions [Abstract]. Perception, 39, 30.
  • Harry, B., Williams, M.A., Davis, C., & Kim, J. (2010). Brain activity related to within and between category object perception [Abstract]. Perception 39 ECVP Abstract Supplement.
  • Rivolta, D., Williams, M. A., Schmalzl, L., & Palermo, R. (2010). Faces and Places in the Brain: An MEG Investigation [Abstract]. Journal of Vision. doi:10.1167/10.7.1266
  • Truong, S., Zopf, R., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2010). Perceptual Body Illusion Affects Action [Abstract]. Vision Science Society/Journal of Vision. doi: 10.1167/10.7.1052
  • Zopf, R., Harris, J.A., & Williams, M.A. (2010). Body Ownership modulates the influence of noninformative vision on touch [Abstract]. Australiasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne, Australia.
  • Zopf, R., Harris, J.A., & Williams, M.A. (2010). The influence of body-ownership cues on tactile sensitivity [Abstract]. Annual Meeting Society for Neuroscience (SFN), San Diego, USA.
  • Baggott, S., Williams, M., & Palermo, R. (2009). The lion, the face, and the processing of distractors [Abstract]. Combined Abstracts of 2009 Australian Psychology Conferences (CDROM).
  • Wallis, T.S.A., Williams, M.A. & Arnold, D.H. (2009). Pre-exposure to moving forms transiently improves objective sensitivity to static forms [Abstract]. Perception, 38 ECVP, 134.
  • Williams, M.A., & Schmalzl, L. (2008). An examination of the neural markers of face perception using magnetoencephalography (MEG) [Abstract]. Perception, 37(1), 160.
  • Williams, M.A., & Schmalzl, L. (2008). An examination of the neural markers of face perception using magnetoencephalography (MEG) [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology, 60(1), 104.
  • Savage, G. & Williams, M. (2004). Implicit processing of faces in progressive prosopagnosia [Abstract]. Brain Impairment, 5(Suppl. 1), 118-119.
  • Stuart, G., Williams, M., & Castles, A. (2000). Magnocellular function in subtypes of developmental dyslexia [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology, 52, 51.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Williams, M.A. & Rich, A.N. (2010). Cognitive Neuroscience: spanning the void between cognitive science and neuroscience. In Christensen, W., Schier, E., & Sutton, J. (Eds.), ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (pp. 362-365). Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Williams, M.A. (2017, April). Using the cyber glove to re-train normal visuo-motor coordination. Paper presented at the Inaugural Annual Workshop of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training, Macquarie University.
  • Hardwick, K., Keysers, C., & Williams, M.A. (2017, March). Ooh la la! The sexual response is a candidate basic emotion. Poster session presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS), Los Angeles, USA.
  • Zopf, R., Mondraty, N., & Williams, M. (2016, September). Multisensorische Körperwahrnehmung in Anorexia Nervosa: Reduzierter Einfluss von propriozeptiven Signalen. Paper presented at the 50th Conference of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs), Leipzig, Germany.
  • Hardwick, K., Keysers, C., Rich, A.N., & Williams, M.A. (2016, August). How disgusting! Exploring pathogen, moral and sexual disgust. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Polito, V., Zopf, R., Williams, M., Barnier, A., Langdon, R., Moore, J., & Morgan, H. (2016, August). Understanding multiple components of self: Agency and body representation in healthy and impaired cognition. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Wardle, S.G., Ritchie, J.B., Rich, A., Pardey, M.C., Graham, S., & Williams, M. (2016, July). Preserved feed-back connections in V1 following partial vision loss: Decoding orientation from the lesion projection zone in individuals with glaucoma. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2016), Fremantle.
  • Hardwick, K., Keysers, C., Rich, A.N., & Williams, M.A. (2016, June). How disgusting! Exploring pathogen, moral and sexual disgust. Poster session presented at the 3rd Annual Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN) Meeting, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Zopf, R., Contini, E., Fowler, C., Mondraty, N., & Williams, M.A. (2016, June). Multisensory body perception in Anorexia Nervosa. Poster session presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Multisensory Research Forum, Suzhou, China.
  • Contini, E., Williams, M.A., Grootswagers, T., Goddard, E., & Carlson, T. (2016, May). Dichotomy versus continuum: Evidence for a more complex agency model of visual object categorisation. Poster session presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, USA. [Link]
  • Hardwick, K., Keysers, C., Rich, A.N., & Williams, M.A. (2016, April). How disgusting! Exploring pathogen, moral and sexual disgust. Poster session presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Butko, M., Rich, A.N., Golland, P. & Williams, M.A (2015, November). fMRI-adaptation at a whole-brain level: a new method for exploring the functional properties of the brain. Poster session presented at the 5th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Contini, E., Carlson, T., Goddard, E., Grootswagers, T., & Williams, M. (2015, November). Dichotomy versus continuum: A pilot study evaluating the representational space of object categories in the brain. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Contini, E., Williams, M., Goddard, E., Grootswagers, T., & Carlson, T. (2015, November). Evaluating subcategory representations in visual object recognition using magnetoencephalography. Poster session presented at the 5th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Auckland, NZ.
  • Hardwick, K., Charmet-Mougey, L., Rich, A.N., & Williams, M.W. (2015, November). You disgust me! Exploring the neural correlates of moral and physical disgust using biographical memory. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Pritchard, S.C., Zopf, R., Polito, V., Kaplan, D., & Williams, M. (2015, November). Using consumer-grade virtual reality to investigate body ownership and agency. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Zopf, R., Contini, E., Fowler, C., Mondraty, N., & Williams, M.A. (2015, November). Multisensory body perception for action in eating disorders. Poster session presented at the 5th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Auckland, NZ.
  • Rich, A., Williams, M., Woolgar, A., & Zopf, R. (2015, August). Learning about the brain. Presentation given at the National Science Week primary school visit, Sydney.
  • Contini, E., Carlson, T., Goddard, E., Grootswagers, T., & Williams, M. (2015, July). Dichotomy versus continuum: A pilot study evaluating the representational space of object categories in the brain. Poster session presented at the Swinburne Brain Imaging Symposium 2015, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
  • Ritchie, J.B., Wardle, S., Rich, A., Graham, S., & Williams, M. (2015, May). Decoding feedback to the lesion projection zone of V1 in individuals with glaucoma. Poster session presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete Beach, USA.
  • Seymour, K., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2014, August). Representations of colour in human visual cortex: From chromatic signals on the retina to representations of object surfaces. Paper presented at the European Conference for Visual Perception (ECVP), Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Jackson, J., Rich, A.R., Williams, M., & Woolgar, A. (2014, July). Multivoxel coding of visual stimuli is flexible: Frontoparietal and visual cortices adapt to code the currently relevant distinction. Poster session presented at the 12th International Conference in Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2014, July). Viewing hands and especially one’s own hand improves movement synchrony perception. Poster session presented at the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Williams, M.A. (2014, May). How do we perceive the world around us? Colloquium at the Department of Cognitive Science 3M Research Fiesta, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Rush C., Zopf, R., & Williams, M.A. (2013, November). Pleasantness: A new factor in the rubber hand illusion. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference (ACNC), Melbourne.
  • Seymour, K., Williams, M.A., & Rich, A.N. (2013, November). Binding colour to object surfaces in the human visual cortex. Paper presented at the 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC), Melbourne.
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J. & Williams, M.A. (2013, June). Visual body information modulates the perception of temporal synchrony for self-movements and viewed movements. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Body Representation Summer School on Embodied Intersubjectivity, Aegina, Greece.
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2013, June). Representing hands in the brain and effects of viewing hands on temporal synchrony perception. Presentation given at the "Representing the body in the brain" symposium at the 14th International Multisensory Research Forum, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Williams, M., Awasthi, B., Sowman, P., Finkbeiner, M., & Rich, A. (2012, December). Atypical neural response to high and low spatial frequency stimuli in a rare case of visual perseveration. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNS), Brisbane.
  • Woolgar, A., Walther, A., Williams, M.A., Rich, A.N., & Kriegeskorte, N. (2012, December). Distinct reinstatement of multi-voxel patterns predicts memory for complex audio-visual stimuli. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNS), Brisbane.
  • Contini, E., Lagopoulos, J., Cockayne, N., Hickie, I., Williams, M., & Naismith, S.L. (2012, November). A pilot study assessing white matter tract integrity in those with mild cognitive impairment: Comparisons with neuropsychological test performance. Poster session presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Launceston, Tasmania.
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J. & Williams, M.A. (2012, November). Using a virtual hand to investigate body representations. Paper presented at the Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC), Brisbane, Australia.
  • Burianová, H., Morgan, M., Rich, A., Williams, M., & Savage, G. (2012, June). Brain reorganization of somatosensory function in a patient with deficient finger proprioception. Poster session presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China.
  • Burianová, H., Savage, G., Sowman, P., Williams, M., Rich, A., Marstaller, L., & Johnson, B.W. (2012, April). Functional role of primary motor cortex in motor imagery measured with fMRI and MEG. Poster session presented at the 19th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting, Chicago, USA.
  • Rich, A.N., Graham, S.L., Klistorner, A., & Williams, M.A. (2012, April). Neural ‘filling-in’? Increased response in deprived visual cortex when regions adjacent to a glaucomatous scotoma are stimulated. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Woolgar, A., Rich, A.N., & Williams, M.A. (2012, April). Attention enhances multi-voxel representation of objects in frontal, parietal and visual cortices. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Awasthi, B., Sowman, P.F., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011, December). Behavioural and MEG studies of perception of low spatial frequency faces. Poster session presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference - 21st Meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Sista, U., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2011, December). Movement interference in imitative rhythmic arm movements. Colloquium at the 21st Meeting of the Australasian Society of Psychophysiology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011, November). Delayed processing of low spatial frequency faces in developmental prosopagnosia. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Woolgar, A., Rich, A., & Williams, M. (2011, November). Top-down attention modulates multi-voxel representation of novel objects. Poster session presented at the Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.
  • Rivolta, D., Schmalzl, L., Palermo, R., & Williams, M.A. (2011, August). Multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data reveals abnormal anterior temporal lobe activity in congenital prosopagnosia. Paper presented at the 34th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Toulouse, France.
  • Sista, U., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2011, April). Movement interference in rhythmic arm movements. Colloquium at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Zopf, R., & Williams, M.A. (2011, January). Representation of visual information with respect to body parts in the human brain: An fMRI study. Poster session presented at the Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Harris, J., Zopf, R., Williams, M., & Arabzadeh, E. (2010, December). Visual information changes tactile sensitivity. Paper presented at the UWS Sensory Neuroscience Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010, November). Reach trajectories reveal early processing of low spatial frequency faces. Poster session presented at the Neuroscience 2010: 40th Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010, November). Reach trajectories reveal early processing of low spatial frequency faces. Paper presented at the E-presentation at the Faculty of Human Sciences Higher Degree Research Showcase, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Zopf, R., Harris, J. A., & Williams, M. A. (2010, November). The influence of body-ownership cues on tactile sensitivity. Paper presented at the HDR Showcase (e-presentation), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Chong, T.T.-J., Cunnington, R., Williams, M.A., Kanwisher, N., & Mattingley, J.B. (2010, September). fMRI adaptation reveals mirror neurons in human inferior parietal cortex. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Excitable Cells Scientific Meeting, Melbourne.
  • Baggott, S., Palermo, R., & Williams, M. A. (2010, August). Task demands and capacity limits in the processing of emotional facial expressions. Poster session presented at the 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Rivolta, D., Williams, M. A., Schmalzl, L., & Palermo, R. (2010, May). Faces and Places in the Brain: An MEG Investigation. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Visual Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010, April). Low spatial frequency faces affect reaching behaviour. Paper presented at the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Sista, U.S. Friedman, J. & Williams, M. (2010, April). Interference effect in rhythmic arm movements. Paper presented at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Baggott, S., Williams, M., & Palermo, R. (2009, December). One fact at a time? Processing irrelevant but emotional faces. Poster session presented at the HCSNet SummerFest, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2009, November). Reaching to Faces. Presentation given at the Higher Degree Research Showcase, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Zopf, R., Truong, S., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2009, September). The Effect of the Rubber Hand Illusion on Action. Paper presented at the HCSNet Workshop on Movement and Motion Capture, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Baggott, S., Williams, M., & Palermo, R. (2009, April). The lion, the face, and the processing of distractors. Presentation given at the 36th Australasian Experimental Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Rivolta, D., Williams, M., Schmalzl, L., & Palermo, R. (2009, April). Faces and Places in the Brain: An MEG Investigation. Presentation given at the High Degree Research Showcase, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Awasthi, B., Schmalzl, L., Duchaine, B., & Williams, M.A. (2008, December). Prosopamnesia: Towards addressing the heterogeneity in face processing deficits. Presentation given at the Postgraduate Research Festival, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Rivolta, D., Palermo, R., Williams, M., & Coltheart, M. (2008, December). Covert recognition in congenital prosopagnosia. Presentation given at the Postgraduate Research Festival, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Zopf, R., Savage, G., Coltheart, M., & Williams, M. (2008, December). Where is my hand? ? Challenging Spatial Limits of the Rubber Hand Illusion. Paper presented at the Postgraduate Research Festival, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Zopf, R., Savage, G., Coltheart, M., & Williams, M. (2008, October). Where is my hand? ? Challenging the Spatial Limits of the Rubber Hand Illusion. Paper presented at the Sydney Postgraduate Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Williams, M., & Schmalzl, L. (2008, August). An examination of the neural markers of face perception using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Poster session presented at the 31st European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Schmalzl, L., Zopf, R., & Williams, M. (2008, June). Neural correlates of face and body processing: MEG and fMRI investigations. Paper presented at the international cognitive neuroscience summer school "The Sense of Body", Bologna, Italy.
  • Zopf, R., Savage, G., Coltheart, M., & Williams, M. (2008, June). Behavioural and neural correlates of body-ownership. Poster session presented at the Sense of Body - An Interdisciplinary Summer School on Body Representation, Bologna, Italy.
  • Williams, M., & Schmalzl, L. (2008, April). An examination of the neural markers of face perception using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Paper presented at the 35th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Fremantle.

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