Dr Jon Brock


Hello. My name's Jon Brock. I'm an Australian Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Cognition and its Disorders and the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

My research focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in a range of developmental disorders. You can download most of my publications here.

In 2002, I completed my PhD at Warwick University with Prof Jill Boucher, looking at the relationship between language and memory abilities in children and adolescents with Williams syndrome.

I then had a short post-doc with Prof Chris Jarrold at the University of Bristol, where I looked at similar issues in Down syndrome.

In 2004, I moved to Oxford to work with Prof Kate Nation and Dr Courtenay Norbury. Together, we developed a new way of investigating language comprehension in children with autism which involved tracking their eye-movements while they listened to sentences.

I'm currently working on a 5-year project funded by the Australian Research Council, the aim of which is to link cognitive and neural-level mechanisms of language impairment in autism. As part of this, I'm working with Assoc Prof Blake Johnson, learning how to measure brain responses using magnetoencephalography (MEG).

I've had the pleasure of supervising two PhD students to completion. Ellie Wilson looked at face-recognition skills in children with autism and developmental prosopagnosia. Tommy Ng used MEG to investigate the neural basis of motor coordination.

Of my current students, Shu Yau is looking at auditory processing in children with autism; Nathan Caruana is studying neural mechanisms of joint attention; Neha Khetrapal is investigating language and perspective-taking in autism; Peter de Lissa is combining eye-tracking and event-related potentials to study reading and face-processing; Wei He is using MEG to investigate brain responses in preschool children; and Vince Oxenham is looking at eye-movement dysfunction in motor neurone disease.

My CV (pdf) can be downloaded here.


Email: jon.brock@mq.edu.au

Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 6869

Address: Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia

Homepage: www.maccs.mq.edu.au/members/profile.html?memberID=203

Twitter: @drbrocktagon