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Bill Thompson
Director University Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training (CEPET)

Bill is a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, and Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. He is the Director of the Music, Sound and Performance Lab, and Founding Director of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training. He is author of the book "Music, Thought and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music" (2009 and 2014 (2nd edition), Oxford University Press,ISBN: 9781452283036, 400 pages).

Research interests

Music perception and cognition; music and emotion; violence and music;music and language; disorders of music; music-based treatments

Publications

Publications for Professor Bill Thompson can be found on the Macquarie University Research Portal

Awards

Award

Year

Faculty of Human Sciences Executive Dean's Service Award: Governance Award for service as Head of Department

2012

Elected President: Society for Music Perception and Cognition

2007-2009

President's Prize for Most Promising Scholar: York University

1994

International Congress of Acoustics prize research excellence, Toronto Canada

1986

Longwood Award: Doctoral dissertation award Queen's University, Kingston

1986

Grants

Duration

Funding Body

Title

Team

Value

2016 -2019ARC Discovery ProjectViolent music: social, psychological, and neurological implicationsThompson, W., Warburton, W., Schubert, E., Gentile, D., Schellenberg, G., & Koelsch, S.$400,000

2011-2017

ARC Centre of Excellence

ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

Crain, S., Rhodes, G., Hodges, J., Coltheart, M., Castles, A., Barnier, A., Brock, J., Byrne, B., Demuth, K., Green, M., Langdon, R., Johnson, B., McArthur, G., Miller, L., Nickels, L., Piguet, O., Savage, G., Thompson, W., Thornton, R. et al.

$21,000,000

2015

ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme

Our song: Music evoked collaborative memory in couples with and without acquired brain injury

Baird, A., Thompson, W., Bullot, N., Miller, L., Barnier, A., Sutton, J., & Harris, C

$31,000

2013-2015

ARC Discovery Project

Music and language: psychological commonalities revealed

Thompson, W. & Schellenberg, E.G.

$330,000

2013

MU Research Infrastructure Block Grant

A transcranial direct current stimulator (tDCS) for the study of brain function in human cognition disorders

Sowman, P., Thompson, W.F., Johnson, B., McCarthy-Jones, S., Nickels, L., & Tawadros, P

$58,322

2013

MU Strategic Infrastructure Grant

Driving simulators.

Thompson, W., Irwin, J., Chekaluk, E., Curby, K., Tent, J., Lionel Howitt, R., Dowling, R., Batchelor, J., Warbuton, W., Brooks, K., Dean, C., Jones, M., & Wiggins, M.

$200,000

2013

ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme

Characterising disorders of auditory-based communication skills.

Thompson, W., Johnson, B., McArthur, G., Kinoshita, S., & Sun, Y.

$17,000

2012

ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme

Powering up the right hemisphere when words fail: Augmenting melodic intonation therapy (MIT) with non-invasive brain stimulation to treat impaired left-hemisphere function.

Thompson, W., Sowman, P., Savage, G., Nickels, L., & Hodges, J.

$14,000

2012-2014

MU Research Development Grant

Skilled decoding of dynamic faces: Interactions between perception, action, and emotion.

Curby, K.M., & Thompson, W

$47,256

2010

MU Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme

A virtual reality setup for studying hand movements.

Williams, M.A., Friedman, J., Finkbeiner, M., Thompson, W., Johnson, B., Brooks, K., Sowman, P.

$70,000

2009-2011

ARC Discovery Project

Vocal Emotional Communication

Thompson, W. & Palmer, C.

$295,000

2009

MU Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme

Integrating EEG and Motion Capture to better understand movements and their underlying electrophysiology

Finkbeiner, M., Johnson, B., Kinoshita, S., Castles, A., Thompson, W., Crain, S., & Harrison, R.E.

$80,000

2009

MU Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Williams, M.A, Thompson, W., Savage, G., Barnier, A., Johnson, B., & Finkbeiner, M.

$73,870

2008

MU Strategic Research Infrastructure Fund

Psychology/MACCS Motion Capture Group

Thompson, W., Shores, A., Stevenson, R., Case, T., Williams, M.A., McIlwain, D., Sutton, J., & Palermo, R.

$88,734

2007-2010

ARC Discovery Project Grant

Music, Arousal, and Mood: The Role of Loudness and Loudness Change in Cross-Cultural Music Perception.

Stevens, C., Thompson, W.F., & Cross, I.

$180,000

Higher Degree Research completions

Year

Candidate

Title

Degree

2014

Dr Thenille Braun

Rhythmic Movement: the Role of Expectancy and Skill in Event and Emergent Timing

Doctor of Philosophy

2012

Dr Lincoln John Colling

Predicting the action of other agents

Doctor of Philosophy

2012

Dr Lena Rachel Quinto

Contributions of Performance Expression and Compositional Structure to Emotion in Music

Doctor of Philosophy

2011

Dr Paolo Ammirante

Melodic accent as ideomotor action

Doctor of Philosophy