Department of Cognitive Science

Department of Cognitive Science

Department of Cognitive Science

We’re dedicated to applying the theoretical understanding about how the mind and brain work to improve the world right now.

In the Department of Cognitive Science, we use a wide variety of methods - from philosophy to computational modelling to randomised controlled trials to brain stimulation to name but a few - to better understand how the human mind and the brain “work”. Amongst many research areas, we focus on: 

  • attention
  • belief
  • hearing
  • language
  • memory
  • motor control
  • perception and 
  • reading and spelling.

We teach students about the latest advances in theoretical and clinical Cognitive Science at the undergraduate level, and we equip them with research skills - via the PACE  (Professional and Community Engagement) program, the Masters of Research and the PhD program - to join our scientific team and push our cognitive science knowledge even further.

We run a Cognition Clinic for Reading for the community that applies our front-line theoretical knowledge about one area of cognitive science – reading and spelling – in order to provide cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments for people’s reading and spelling problems. We also coordinate and support numerous research facilities that allow us to measure the human mind and the brain with the latest technology.

The Department of Cognitive Science engages directly with industry and the community - such as Literacy Planet, Australia Cricketer’s Association, and Canon Integrated Systems Research Australia - to help them translate and decipher the latest theoretical knowledge into practice to maximise benefits for individuals, as well as the broader society.

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