Jon Brock

Research Fellow, Macquarie University

My research focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in a range of developmental disorders. In my PhD, supervised by Prof Jill Boucher at Warwick University (UK), I investigated the links between language and memory abilities in children with Williams syndrome. I then completed a post-doctoral position with Dr Chris Jarrold at Bristol University (UK), looking at similar issues in Down syndrome. In 2004, I moved to Oxford University (UK), where I worked on a project with Prof Kate Nation, using eye-tracking to look at language comprehension in children with autism.

I became a Research Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney in 2007. In 2009 I was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Fellowship to investigate the cognitive and neural-level mechanisms of language impairment in autism. This involves a range of methodological approaches including behavioural testing, eye-tracking, and brain imaging using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and structural MRI.

August 2016
Illustration and animation by Abigail Goh
Opinion / Viewpoint

Quest for autism biomarkers faces steep statistical challenges

by ,  /  23 August 2016

Finding a difference between people with and without autism is only the first step toward identifying a clinically useful marker of the condition.

January 2014
Opinion / Columnists / Connections

The elusive essence of autism

by  /  28 January 2014

Researchers must make heterogeneity in autism the object of their investigation, rather than treating it as an excuse for inconsistent results or an inconvenience in their quest to understand the disorder’s essence, argues Jon Brock.

June 2013
Opinion / Columnists / Connections

Registered reports

by  /  14 June 2013

The more researchers poke around, the more likely they are to find a significant effect — and the more likely that the effect they end up reporting is just a fluke. A new kind of journal article, the ‘registered report,’ may address this problem, says Jon Brock.

March 2013
Opinion / Columnists / Connections

Six questions for connectivity theory research

by  /  22 March 2013

‘Underconnectivity’ is considered one of the best-supported theories for the neural basis of autism. But many questions remain unanswered, says Jon Brock.

Opinion / Columnists / Connections

Perfect match

by  /  5 March 2013

Researchers must use better measures to show that experimental and control groups are well matched, says Jon Brock.


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