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How do we find what we are looking for in a visual scene?

Our everyday environment contains lots of objects, but we need to find what we are looking for out of the cluttered environment, and we often need to do so quickly. If you miss an obstacle on the road while driving, for example, its consequence can be grave.Luckily, our visual system (or, more generally, attentional system) can use various cues to facilitate this search.This project will investigate what cues the visual and attentional system uses, and how they affect behavioural and …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Psychology and Counselling

Experimental and numerical microfluidics

Miniaturisation is one of the most important current drivers for chemical and biological processes involved in gas sensing, water purification, cell culture and separation, and micro-reactors, among others, as it contributes to reducing costs while increasing performance and efficiency. The manipulation of small amounts of fluids at the microscale (microfluidics) offers several advantages such as speed, precision and control of those physical processes and holds the potential to deliver transformative technology capable of achieving fast, accurate and economical industrial solutions.With …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Experimental evidence on entrepreneurial skills and cognitions

An important perspective in Entrepreneurship research focuses on the entrepreneurial mindset, underlying skills and cognitions, and the potential to train these skills. What is particularly needed are experimental designs that develop and test a certain training method in randomized-controlled trials. This can deliver important implications for practice and education, given that entrepreneurship education has become a key topic on the political agenda around the globe.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
School
School of Management
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Are police detention powers under Mental Health Acts justified in the emergency medicine context?

Police in Australian states and territories have powers under Mental Health Acts to detain and transport people that, in their opinion, might have a mental illness and potentially pose a risk to themselves or others.These powers see thousands of people detained, transported to hospital and often sedated and/or restrained without consent each year.The majority are discharged home and are placed on an involuntary treatment order. A subset of people is subjected to detention and transport on multiple occasions.Research questions include:What …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Online dating for sexual minorities: exploring determinants of choice and behaviour

Online dating is now the number one way people find their marriage partner in developed economies (Australia, USA, UK, France, Germany, to name a few). Pioneers of mate choice behavioural Science such as in economics (Becker in the 1970’s and 1980’s), in evolutionary biology (Trivers in the 1970’s), and in social psychology (Kenrick & Buss in the 1980’s) propose that marriage markets find equilibrium in heterosexual complementary production based on men and women’s reproductive investment and cost. Such theories have …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Economics and Finance
Research centre(s)

Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology

The legal profession and design thinking

The rise of legal technology and the rapidly changing legal landscape continue to disrupt the way the legal profession is regulated.Regulation of the Australian legal system strictly limits the provision of legal advice to those who are registered legal practitioners. This regulation may present a barrier to innovation because of the constraints it places on the way legal services are delivered and, as a result, it may limit the ability of the legal profession to respond to evolving client needs …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Leadership attributes for uncertain times: evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented social and economic crisis. Firms globally have faced significant disruption to planned operating conditions forcing boards to re-evaluate whether they have the necessary skills and competencies to lead and succeed in these uncertain times.This project aims to explore the impact of COVID-19 on CEO and director turnover and the extent to which the pandemic has impacted desired attributes for firm performance. Secondly, we aim to identify which leadership attributes are associated with …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Accountancy

Deploying student voice to improve engagement and learning

Reform to address barriers to learning for students with disability, at all levels of education, is required by international human rights law and national anti-discrimination legislation. Such reform can be achieved through the application of universal design principles to pedagogy, curriculum and assessment; a process with the potential to improve the comprehension, engagement and learning of all students, as well as reduce academic workload by generating fewer requests for clarification.This collaborative project between academics in the School of Accountancy, Faculty …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Accountancy
Research centre(s)

Centre for Inclusive Education

Declarations of emergency in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic Australian governments made declarations of emergency to respond to the pandemic. These declarations enabled the use of emergency powers under public health legislation. Public health directions have been made under these powers on issues such as closing state borders, social distancing requirements, domestic quarantine requirements, and requirements to wear face masks.This project is supported by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Comparing the content strategy of firm-generated eWOM across different donation types

Social networking sites (SNSs) allow people to share experiences with others online.Although consumers would prefer to publicly endorse non-profit over for-profit brands, sharing donation activity is relatively low. This is problematic as such social information is shown to encourage others to donate by establishing donation as a normative behaviour among social groups.To maximise and benefit from online endorsements, non-profit organisations are increasingly encouraging donors to ‘spread the word’ by providing content for donors to share - a strategy referred to …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Value Relevance of Intangible Assets and Financial Uncertainty

The project involves an empirical analysis. Determining the intrinsic value of stocks is challenging especially in periods of high uncertainty, such as during Covid 19.Both earnings and balance sheet items tend to loose their value relevance, with companies relying heavily on intangibles to adapt and survive. This project examines whether investors shift their attention from tangibles to intangibles during periods of high uncertainty to assess the intrinsic value of stocks. The sample will cover US stocks from 1960 to 2021.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Economics and Finance

To trust or not to trust (and why)? Robots and AI

Should we trust robots and AI? If so, how much...and who decides? This VRES project is a literature review that uncovers what makes us trust or distrust robots across different contexts, examines the reasons behind human cynicism vs complacency in this space, and explores the ethical dilemmas that emerge when we make decisions about trusting robots and AI.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Research centre(s)

Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology

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