EMERGING TECHNOLOGY SPEAKERS
Marcel Takac did his Honours dissertation in using Virtual Reality to overcome public speaking phobia. He is now currently completing his PhD at RMIT University in Melbourne, and continuing his research into the application of Virtual Reality in enhancing the effectiveness of Psychotherapy. He is also a tutor within the RMIT undergraduate program for psychology. Marcel’s research examines the utilisation of virtual reality within mental health, with a specific focus on social phobias, such as the fear of public speaking. His previous work has explored new methodologies in mapping anxiety and distress habituation during virtual reality exposure. Marcel is currently assessing mental health professionals’ attitudes concerning virtual reality use in psychotherapy, with a view to improving virtual reality uptake in clinical practice. In addition, he is examining disorder-specific cognitive bias during virtual reality exposure.
Cy Gorman is the founder and director of Nurobodi. His focus with individuals and couples with Nurobodi is in the customised application of light and sound frequencies for therapy and wellbeing. In 2019, Nurobodi is an official program partner with Melbourne Webfest, focused on innovative wellbeing experiences for cinema and immersive installation environments, Knox City Council Immerse Festival content designer providing consultation and creative installation of light and sound within Mountain High shopping centre and a keynote presenter at the Association for Visual Pedagogies International Conference ‘Ocular becomings in dangerous times: The politics of 'seeing'.
In 2018 Nurobodi, worked with Knox City council, Swinburne University, RMIT University, Autumn Retreat Wellness Centre and the 2018 Mind Body Spirit Festival to create engaging and stimulating presentations and wellbeing spatial designs experiences using sound, light and Qi Gong. Cy is currently facilitating light, sound, colour and voice therapy at Nurobodi and lectures and designs wellbeing design for immersive technologies at RMIT University in Melbourne. In 2017 Cy was an official Australia-Pacific scholarship recipient of the Ci2017 Human Intelligence 2.0 awards at the Ci2017 Conference in Melbourne.
dr alexander de foe
Dr Alexander De Foe is a Melbourne-based Lecturer at RMIT in the field of Psychology. He has conducted research in OBE (Out-of-Body-Experiences), global states of consciousness and the perceptual binding problem. He comes with a deep interest in altered states of consciousness and the integration of perceptual information. Dr De Foe authored the book, ‘Hearts in Transcendence’ (self-published, 2016) and also edited a volume about out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and accounts of body/self-separation, titled ‘Consciousness Beyond the Body.’
Dr maree batchelor
Dr. Maree Batchelor, MD, worked in mainstream medicine as a GP (family doctor) for over twenty years. As well as her medical degree, she has a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Now, using embodied light frequencies, she removes behavioural triggers and energetic blocks from a patient’s physical, emotional and energetic body. Working as deeply as the DNA level to clean, clear and activate full potential. This releases past life karma and trauma, dysfunctional family lineage patterns and the effects of the conditional matrix, we all live in today. Her work is multi-dimensional and consists of energetic counselling and hands-on healing during which people experience profound shifts.
Spiritual counselling, meditative self-enquiry and energy healing formed the basis of her practice.