What's New in Research

What's New in Research


Adults recognize own-race faces more accurately than other-race faces, even when viewed in groups: Brock study

January 23, 2015

Adults recognize own-race faces more accurately than other-race faces, according to the findings of researchers’ experiments over the years. In fact, researchers have given this phenomenon a name: “own-race recognition advantage” (ORA).

But these experiments were based on participants looking at individual headshots of a variety of faces and being asked to identify, at a later time, the ones that they saw.

In a new study, Brock PhD student Thalia Semplonius and psychologist Catherine Mondloch set out to determine if peoples’ perception of same- and other-race faces would change if the experiments were based on groups of faces rather than single-face headshots.

“I was reading through all this literature and I thought, OK, we have this phenomenon, but why are we studying it in this way?” says Semplonius. “It doesn’t emulate how we see faces in real life.”

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Brock profs to launch Niagara Labour History Project

January 19, 2015

When one thinks of Niagara’s history, the War of 1812 - and its accompanying battlefields and fortifications - immediately springs to mind.

But there’s so much more to Niagara region’s story. All that we see today has been created and maintained by a cadre of workers in a wide array of fields. And their stories need to be told, says Larry Savage, director of the Brock University Centre for Labour Studies.

“From factory workers in Welland to pulp and paper workers in Thorold, from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Niagara has a rich and diverse labour history,” explains Savage.

Savage has teamed up with History Professor Tami Friedman to create the Twitter-based Niagara Labour History Project as a way of communicating and celebrating that history.

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Brock prof’s work among ASCO’s most important cancer research

January 20, 2015

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is including research by Brock epidemiologist Martin Tammemägi in its review of the most important cancer research conduced in 2014.

Tammemägi’s May 28 paper “Impact of lung cancer screening results on smoking cessation,” published in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, “is featured as one of the year’s major achievements in clinical cancer research and care” in Clinical Cancer Advances 2015: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, ASCO’s annual review of progress against cancer and emerging trends in the field, says the society.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized by fellow cancer researchers and oncologists,” says Tammemagi. “The American Society of Clinical Oncology is one of the top-ranking cancer oncology organizations in the world.”

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Carol Merriam to become Interim Dean of Humanities

January 15, 2015

This announcement was made today (Jan. 15) by Neil McCartney, the University’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic:

“With the imminent departure of Douglas Kneale, I am pleased to announce that Carol Merriam, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities has been appointed as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, for the period of March 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

“Besides her academic expertise, Carol brings years of experience in Faculty/University administration. She was Chair of the Department of Classics from 2004-07, and for the past four years has served as Associate Dean of the Faculty.

“Carol is a professor of Latin language and literature, with a research focus on Augustan poetry. She has published numerous articles in this field, as well as the book Love and Propoganda: Augustan Venus and the Latin Love Elegists.

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Wilfrid Laurier researcher to become Brock’s new Dean of Applied Health Sciences

January 8, 2015

Brock University today announced Peter Tiidus - a well-respected muscle and exercise physiologist who conducts research related to muscle healing and health - as the new Dean of its Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Tiidus, currently a professor and program co-ordinator in the Department of Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University, takes up his new position at Brock for an initial five-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

Kinesiology professor James Mandigo has been acting as Interim Dean while the University conducted its search for a permanent candidate.

“Recognized internationally for his research in exercise physiology, Peter brings to Brock an impressive record of scholarship and leadership experience,” said Neil McCartney, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic, in an announcement today.

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Brock researchers receive Insight Grants from SSHRC

January 6, 2015

Why is it that we clench our fists and growl when a mean, unpleasant acquaintance gets a promotion at work? Or we feel a sense of despair when our kind and considerate neighbour is injured in a car accident?

It’s mainly because the outcomes of these two situations do not match the behaviour of the people involved; in other words, good things happening to “bad” people and bad things happening to “good” people, says psychology professor Carolyn Hafer.

“People have a real need to see that the world is a place where people get what they deserve,” explains Hafer, whose research focuses on the “psychology of deservingness.” Such a belief system enables people to invest in long-term goals, relationships and function effectively in everyday life: “You don’t want to think that the world is a place where something horrible and random can happen to you.”

Hafer’s research program - “New directions in the psychology of deservingness” - is one of nine research programs at Brock University to receive funding under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)’s Insight Grants program.

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Brock prof among the first in new autism journal

December 23, 2014

A Brock University education assistant professor is among the first researchers to publish papers in an inaugural online journal covering developmental disabilities.

Research by Kimberly Maich and Carmen Hall from Fanshawe College in London, Ont. appeared in the DAAD Online Journal (the Journal of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities) whose Volume 1, Number 1 was issued in December 2014.

“I’m very excited about it,” says Maich of the new journal and her paper, titled “Using a Photographic Electronic Activity Schedule to Decrease Latency in Transition Time for a Nine-Year-Old Girl with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

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