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Dr Bianca de Wit

BSc EUR, MSc EUR, PhD Macq.

Bianca de Wit

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.733
Phone : +61 2 9850 2987
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : bianca.dewit@mq.edu.au

External Address

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

Profile

I completed by PhD in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in 2014. Under the supervision of Associate Professor Sachiko Kinoshita, Professor Genevieve McArthur, and Dr Nicholas Badcock, my PhD research focussed on the semantic priming effect. Specifically, I examined the assumed automaticity of this effect through the manipulation of the visibility of the prime and the type of task used to study this effect in the laboratory. In addition, I focussed on the use of the whole reaction time (RT) distribution when studying these effects instead of merely focussing on the limited knowledge we acquire from studying average reaction times. Inspired by my PhD research, I am collaborating with Associate Professor Kinoshita on multiple projects that make use of RT distribution analysis to investigate various aspects of the Stroop effect.

In addition to my interest and involvement in word recognition studies, I have developed a strong interest in the use of technology in research and eduction, with a particular focus on the use of consumer-grade equipment such as the Emotiv EEG system - a portable and affordable gaming system that measures electrical brain activity. I have been involved in project that demonstrated that the Emotiv can provide a more affordable and conveniently portable alternative to traditional EEG research systems when measuring auditory event-related potentials (ERPs). Continuing my collaboration with Dr Badcock, we are currently investigating the use of the Emotiv as a research tool in other areas of Cognitive Science research.

Combining my interest in the use of the Emotiv as a research tool and my affinity with teaching, I am currently leading a project that implements the Emotiv EPOC+ in a brain imaging teaching laboratory that is offered during the introductory unit to the new major in Cognitive and Brain Sciences offered by the Department of Cognitive Science. These laboratory sessions give students the opportunity to use the Emotiv system to synthesise and apply their understanding of fundamental concepts in cognitive neuroscience. Innovatively, the fully portable nature of this laboratory makes it possible to offer our first-year students a highly interactive and exploratory lab-based learning experience in their usual classroom.

Recent External Appointments

  • Deputy Director, Undergraduate Program, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University. (2015 continuing)
  • Academic Representative, Faculty Standards and Quality Committee (FSQC), Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University. (2015 continuing)
  • Academic Representative, Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee (FLTC), Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University. (2015 continuing)
  • Academic Representative, Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC), Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University. (2015 continuing)
  • Academic Representative, Master of Research Committee, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University. (2015 continuing)
  • Cognitive Science Representative, Future Students & Marketing Advisory Group, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University. (2015 continuing)
  • Deputy Director, Master of Research Program, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University. (2015 - 2016)

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.”
  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards: Highly Commended 'Innovative Technologies' (2015), Badcock, N.A., McArthur, G., de Lissa, P., Preece, K.A., de Wit, B., Fieder, N., Mousikou, P., Thie, J., Mahajan, Y., Yau, S., Brock, J., Sorensen, S., & Glenn, K. "Efficient and child-friendly measures of brain activity using a video-gaming system."
  • Unilever Research Prize (2010), de Wit, B

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Association for Psychological Science Travel Grant (2017) "For attendance at the International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria (23-25 March)." de Wit, B. ($1,450)
  • ARC CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme (2017) "Investigating word recognition with Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation using Emotiv and Neuroscan EEG." de Wit, B., Woolgar, A., Schubert, T., Wang, H.-C., Badcock, N., He, W., & Kinoshita, S. ($3,230)
  • Macquarie University Innovation and Scholarship Program (ISP) (2016) "A scalable, cost-effective, and highly immersive lab-based approach to undergraduate teaching in the cognitive and brain sciences." de Wit, B. & Kaplan, D.M. ($55,073)
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) (2012) de Wit, B. ($5,000)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

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]
  • Kinoshita, S., de Wit, B., Aji, M., & Norris, D. (2017). Evidence accumulation in the integrated and primed Stroop tasks. Memory & Cognition, 45(5), 824-836. doi:10.3758/s13421-017-0701-8
  • Kinoshita, S., de Wit, B., & Norris, D. (2016). The magic of words reconsidered: Investigating the automaticity of reading color-neutral words in the stroop task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43(3), 369-384. doi:10.1037/xlm0000311
  • Badcock, N.A., Preece, K.A., de Wit, B., Glenn, K., Fieder, N., Thie, J., & McArthur, G. (2015). Validation of the Emotiv EPOC EEG system for research quality auditory event-related potentials in children. PeerJ, 3, e907. doi:10.7717/peerj.907
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2015). An RT distribution analysis of relatedness proportion effects in lexical decision and semantic categorization reveals different mechanisms. Memory & Cognition, 43(1), 99-110. doi:10.3758/s13421-014-0446-6
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2015). The masked semantic priming effect is task-dependent: Reconsidering the automatic spreading activation process. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41(4), 1062-1075. doi:10.1037/xlm0000074
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2014). Relatedness proportion effects in semantic categorization: Reconsidering the automatic spreading activation process. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40(6), 1733-1744. doi:10.1037/xlm0000004

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Alvarez, V., Bower, M., de Freitas, S., Gregory, S., & de Wit, B. (2016). The use of wearable technologies in Australian Universities: Examples from environmental science, cognitive and brain sciences and teacher training. In L.E. Dyson, W. Ng, & J. Fergusson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2016) (pp. 25-32). Sydney: The University of Technology Sydney.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • de Wit, B. (2017, July). Neurogaming Technology Meets Neuroscience: A magical story for research and education. Invited presentation given at the Queensland State Brain Bee Competition, Brisbane.
  • de Wit, B. (2017, February). Running an experiment using EMOTIV. Colloquium at the IDEALAB Winter School, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • de Wit, B. (2017, February). Introduction to Emotiv. Colloquium at the IDEALAB Winter School, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • de Wit, B., & Badcock, N. (2017, February). Data analysis for EMOTIV. Colloquium at the IDEALAB Winter School, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • de Wit, B. (2016, November). Measuring brain-activity with a gaming headset. Presentation given at the Macquarie University Workshop for Women in STEMM Program, Sydney.
  • de Wit, B. (2016, November). Studying Cognitive Science: Undergraduate, MRes, PhD. Presentation given at the CCD High School Work Experience Program, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • de Wit, B., & Kaplan, D. (2016, November). Active learning for student engagement and research-driven learning. Invited presentation given at the Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Exchange event, Sydney. [Link]
  • Alvarez, V., Bower, M., de Freitas, S., Gregory, S., & de Wit, B. (2016, October). The use of wearable technologies in Australian Universities: Examples from environmental science, cognitive and brain sciences and teacher training. Paper presented at the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2016), Sydney.
  • Alvarez, V., Bower, M., de Freitas, S., Gregory, S., de Wit, B., Forminykh, M., Smith, C., Wild, F., & Specht, M. (Panel) (2016, October). Preparing for a transparent world: Wearable technologies in education. Symposium conducted at the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2016), Sydney.
  • de Wit, B., & Grootswagers, T., & Teichmann, L. (2016, September). Cognitive and brain sciences: Using a gaming headset to measure brain activity. Presentation given at the Taster Day for Health and Medical Sciences, Macquarie University.
  • de Wit, B., & Hardwick, K. (2016, August). Cognitive and brain sciences: Measuring brain activity with a gaming system. Presentation given at the Open Day, Macquarie University.
  • de Wit, B., Kinoshita, S., & Norris, D. (2016, August). What’s my goal? Investigating interference from colour-neutral distractors in two versions of the Stroop task. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • de Wit, B. (2016, July). University degrees and pathways to PhD. Presentation given at the CCD High School Work Experience Program, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A., & de Wit, B. (2016, April). Cognitive science and a gaming EEG system. Presentation given at the Macquarie in a Day Future Students Event, Macquarie University.
  • de Wit, B., Cox, R., & Polito, V. (2016, March). Advanced principles of Cognitive Science. Presentation given at the CCD High School Work Experience Program, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A., de Wit, B., & Kaplan, D. (2015, September). Measuring brain activity. Invited presentation given at the Macquarie University Open Day, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A., de Wit, B., & Kaplan, D. (2015, July). Cognitive and brain sciences: Measuring brain activity. Presentation given at the Macquarie University Discovery Day, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A., & de Wit, B. (2014, July). A gaming EEG system for research. Presentation given at the National Youth Science Forum, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Badcock, N.A., & de Wit, B. (2014, April). The Emotiv System: A 'gaming EEG system' that has been converted into an ERP system. Colloquium at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Stakeholders' Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • De Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2014, April). Relatedness proportion effects in lexical decision and semantic categorisation: RT distribution analysis reveals different mechanisms. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2013, November). RT distribution analyses of "automatic" semantic priming effects in a semantic categorisation task. Colloquium at the 7th Lexical processing workshop, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2013, November). Lexical decision vs. semantic categorization: A RT distribution analysis of semantic priming and relatedness proportion effects. Poster session presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Canada.
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2013, November). A fresh look at "automatic" semantic priming effects. Colloquium at the University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany.
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2013, June). Semantic priming in lexical decision and semantic categorization: A RT distribution analysis. Paper presented at the Visual Word Recognition Workshop (ForsterFest 2013), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • de Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2013, April). RT distribution analysis of semantic priming effects in semantic categorization: Explaining the relatedness proportion effect. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • De Wit, B. (2012, November). Semantic priming effects in semantic categorization tasks Presentation given at the University of California San Diego, San Diego, USA.
  • De Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2012, November). Reconsidering the automatic spreading activation process in semantic priming. Poster session presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, USA.
  • De Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2012, June). Exploring the intervenor effect in semantic categorization: Does the type of intervenor matter? Presentation given at the Visual Word Recognition Workshop (ForsterFest 2012), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • De Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2012, April). Reconsidering the automatic spreading activation process in semantic priming. Poster session presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • De Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2012, January). Attentional control in semantic priming: Reconsidering the spreading activation process. Presentation given at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • De Wit, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2011, June). Dissociation between masked and (automatic) unmasked semantic priming effects. Presentation given at the ForsterFest, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

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