A new study from Western's Department of Psychology and colleagues from the University of Toronto discovered that men might under perceive their partner's sexual desire in established intimate relationships. Sarah Stanton, a former graduate student of Western psychology professor and noted relationship expert Lorne Campbell, was a co-author on the study. The findings were published by the American Psychology Association and received international media coverage from outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the Daily Mail, now the most visited English-language newspaper website in the world.
A new Canadian research project is collecting big data from medieval melodies chanted by monks more than 1,000 years ago. And it's all searchable. Kate Helsen, an assistant musicology professor at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, is part of the study and explains that it's the most technologically advanced method of investigating what was previously a completely oral culture. Helsen shared with BBC Radio, CBC Radio and Radio Canada International that the Optical Neume Recognition Project will help explain how the human brain constructs, comprehends and reconstructs everything from language and literature to math and music. Motherboard and Smithsonian Magazine also covered the project.
Neuroscientist Julio Martinez-Trujillo, an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and a Robarts Research Institute scientist, and his collaborators have developed a new virtual reality ‘toolbox’ that can be used to build video games with a unique capacity for teaching and testing both humans and animal models. An account of the new toolbox was published by Journal of Neuroscience Methods and was further explored by Motherboard, Postmedia and Sputnik, a Russian government produced online news and radio broadcast service.
Western is poised to move to the forefront of central banking teaching and research in Canada, thanks to a recent generous donation from The Jarislowsky Foundation. The $2-million endowed gift, to be matched by Western, will establish the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Central Banking in the Department of Economics at Western's Faculty of Social Science, with the aim to encourage excellence in teaching, mentorship and research in areas essential to central bank policy and decision-making. The announcement was covered by CTV London, the London Free Press and Central Banking Journal, which is read by subscribers in 130 countries and in more than 120 of the world's central banks.