News and events

News and events


Autism diagnosis by brain scan? It's time for a reality check.

Research Fellow, Dr Jon Brock weighs-in on the recent reports that it 'might be possible to use MRI to identify at-risk children' in this article printed in The Guardian.  

Photograph: Juice/REX/Shutterstock

 Explainer: what is phonics and why is it important?

In this article in The Conversation, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Hua-Chen Wang, discusses the efficacy of phonics as a method of teaching.

Your Digital Diet in 2017: On Blogging, Reading, and Social Media

Together with other writers, photographers, artists and site-owners, Cognitive Science's PhD Student Rebecca Gelding is asked a very pertinent questions in this media age: What is your digital diet in 2017? 

"This year I'm going to be more intentional about working, resting, loving & being."

From 2016

  Hearing Colours Seeing Sounds: Lessons in Synaesthesia 

In this podcast, Dr Anina Rich describes synaethesia - where an ordinary stimulus gives an extraordinary response. Synaesthesia is not a disorder; it can provide us with a unique view of the integration that underlies perception. Synaesthetics may just be the “pioneers of perception”.

 Outside the Square - Dyslexia Education and Advocacy Films

Professors Anne Castles and Genevieve McArthur feature in Outside the Square - a series of films to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia in our education system.

First evidence that synaesthesia gives colour to sign language

An all new study suggests for the first time the way synesthesia crosses into the written word may also apply to sign language. “The results demonstrate that this generalisation is not limited to spoken languages, but also occur in a manual language,” says Associate Professor Anina Rich. “The results are consistent with the idea that synaesthesia is predominantly mediated by conceptual links.”

 New evidence for a cost-effective treatment option to help stroke sufferers speak again

Aphasia is a devastating condition that refers to a difficulty with speaking and understanding. Commonly occurring after stroke, aphasia has a profound impact on daily life and communication.
New research from Chief Investigator Lyndsey Nickels and Amanda Osborne (Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney) finds that a lower-cost version of Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy can be effective for people with aphasia.

 Words of Wisdom: cherished advice from academic mentors

This free-to-download book, compiled by Associate Professor Anina Rich along with Rob Jenkins and Jan-Christoph Helinger, brings together advice from 76 academic mentors across 31 countries and 6 continents. Completed as part of her work with the Global Young Academy, Anina reflects that "some of the advice is directly contradictory, and both viewpoints are valuable! The global nature of the project means that we get some interesting insights into the type of advice that is given in different regions."

Meditation meets neuroscience

In this podcast, All in the mind's reporter Lynne Malcom interviews Cognitive Science and CCD researcher Dr Britta Bierdmann as she, with a team of fellow scientists and a group of long-term meditators, spend a weekend developing the understanding and scientific perspective of meditation. (Image: Leontura, Getty Images)

 Don’t believe everything you see on TV: hypnosis is less far fetched & far more important

Authors Dr Vince Polito, Professor Amanda Barnier and Dr Rochelle Cox join The Conversation to discuss hypnosis in response to Channel Nine's game show: You're Back in the Room.

A curious life: reflecting on a 50-year research career

Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart reflects on a 50-year research career: "When I arrived at Macquarie in 1987, the University was not at all noted for research; now it is, I’m glad to say. Within my field, interdisciplinary collaboration is now vastly more common than it was, thanks to the internet: I have published papers with people I have never met, which could not have happened in 1987...."

Pioneering Minds Episode 6: Anne Castles and Cognitive Disorders

Ben Mckelvey talks to Distinguished Professor Anne Castles from Macquarie's Department of Cognitive Science and a leading dyslexia researcher. They discuss how the human brain makes sense of the squiggly lines we call writing, how far the bounds of neuroplasticity really go, and how brain damage Ben suffered as a result of a stroke may be be similar to the effects of dyslexia on children.

Music on the Brain

This ABC Catalyst program explores how music could be used in awakening brain activity of people with advanced dementia. Featuring Professors Bill Tompson, Mark Williams and CCD's Professor Amanda Baird, reporter Dr Jonica Newby investigates the effect of music on the brain through recordings of her own brain activity as measured in the KIT-MQ Magnetoencephalography Facility.

Current Events

Cognitive Science seminars

Join the Cognitive Science Department seminar series and connect with our staff members, students and visiting academics who will present research relevant to their area of focus. Seminars are usually held in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Seminar Room (at the Australian Hearing Hub, Level 3 Room 610) and are open to interested researchers and professionals.

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Human Sciences Research seminars

The Faculty of Human Sciences hosts special featured research seminars throughout the year at Macquarie University. The seminars focus on different research areas within the faculty and focus on special research areas that are either faculty specific or open to the general public. 

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