Our research

Our research

The Department of Cognitive Science carries out research in a number of areas of cognition spanning  belief formation, collective cognition, hearing and audition, language, memory, perception in action, and reading.

Research programs

Belief Formation

The Belief Formation Research Group incorporates a group of researchers within the department and their collaborators, investigating the cognitive and brain systems underlying our ability to formulate and test beliefs about the world. We focus primarily on disorders of belief formation, such as delusion, and its related symptoms, as well as the consequences of these symptoms for patients’ daily living. Find out more about our Belief Formation Research Group.

Collective Cognition

The Collective Cognition Research Group integrates psychological, philosophical and other approaches to explore individual memory, individual memory in small groups and small-group collective memory. Motivated by philosophical theories—such as distributed cognition—the program uses and extends experimental memory paradigms in innovative ways. This approach is designed to bridge the gap between the laboratory and everyday memory phenomena. Find out more about our Collective Cognition Research Group.

Hearing, Audition and Cognition

The Hearing, Audition and Cognition Group investigates the relationship between cognitive processes and the way in which the human brain processes auditory information, as associated with hearing loss, hearing restoration and cognitive disorders. Find out more about our Hearing, Audition and Cognition Group.

Language

The Language Research Group showcases the collaborative effort of researchers investigating language processing and representation, including bilingual language. The program has a particular focus on using cognitive neuropsychological methods to explore spoken and written word production, with studies conducted across three interrelated strands of investigation:

  • theory
  • impairment and 
  • treatment. 

Find out more about our Language Research Group.

Language Acquisition

The Language Acquisition Research Group brings together a group of researchers from the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University. Researchers in this group are interested in children's acquisition of language, in particular, children's acquisition of syntax and semantics. We investigate children's knowledge of various kinds of grammatical structures, and children's knowledge of semantic properties. Find out more about our Language Acquisition Research Group.

Perception in Action

The Perception in Action Program is headed by Dr Matthew Finkbeiner, Associate Professor Anina Rich, and Associate Professor Mark Williams. This program is interested in the way in which the human brain processes information and uses it to act on the world. To investigate this issue we employ a variety of behavioural, psychophysiological and neuroimaging techniques. Find out more about our Perception in Action Research Group.

Reading

The Reading Research Group develops theoretical and computational models of reading and spelling. It uses these models as the basis for investigating how children learn to read and spell, why some children have difficulty (developmental dyslexia and dysgraphia), and how reading and spelling can break down after brain damage (acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia). Our findings inform educational and clinical practice and the development of targeted treatment programs for reading and spelling disorders. Find out more about our Reading Research Group.

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