Department of Cognitive Science

Department of Cognitive Science

Department of Cognitive Science

The Department is dedicated to developing our theoretical understanding of how the mind and brain work, and applying that knowledge to solving today’s most significant challenges and improving people’s lives.

Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind and the brain. In the Department of Cognitive Science we use a variety of methods - ranging from brain stimulation to philosophy - to better understand how the mind and the brain "work". Amongst many research areas, we focus on: 

  • Attention
  • Belief
  • Hearing
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Motor control
  • Perception 
  • 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 the Masters of Research and the PhD program, IDEALAB and the PACE  (Professional and Community Engagement) program - to join our scientific team and push our cognitive science knowledge even further.

We run the MQ Reading Clinic 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 Cricketers' Association, Cricket Australia, 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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