Dr Mem Mahmut is currently a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University's School of Psychological Sciences and co-director of the Food, Flavour and Fragrance lab. Dr Mahmut has a PhD in psychology and their current research takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how our physiology impacts behaviour, exploring, for example, the role our sense of smell and personality and romantic relationships.


In terms of teaching, Dr Mahmut currently convenes an introductory psychology course which has the largest cohort of students and presents guest lectures on various other courses including The Psychology of Human Relationships, The Scientist Practitioner Model and Real-word Applications of Visual Perception.


Since completing the Churchill Fellowship, Dr Mahmut remains involved in increasing the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in studying psychology and also embedding Indigenous content and perspectives within psychology degrees.


In terms of research, Dr Mahmut currently supervises Honours and Higher Degree Research students and conducts research on various topics including:

  • Understanding the role our sense of smell and body odours play in romantic relationships,
  • Exploring the social impact of having a poor sense of smell, 
  • Investigating the link between olfaction and personality (especially psychopathic traits and empathy).

Project

To discover innovative methods for embedding Indigenous content and teaching into psychology degrees

To discover innovative methods for embedding Indigenous content and teaching into psychology degrees

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