Engage with us

Engage with us

The Department provides cutting-edge, evidence-based, hands-on engagement in research and practice, making it a premier institution in the field.

Our Clinic

In terms of practice, it runs the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, which provides research-based assessments and intervention for children with reading and spelling difficulties, and professional development for teachers and clinicians supporting children with poor reading and spelling.

Our Research

In terms of research, students and academics have access to state-of-the art laboratories that house rare equipment exclusive to Macquarie University. This has helped shape an impressive record of achievement including a Dean’s Citation for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, multiple engagements with media and countless publications.

Research is conducted at all age groups and across both targeted and control population groups. If you are interested in being a participant for the research conducted in our department you can do so by signing up for our Neuronauts (0-17 years old), the Cognitive Science Register group or directly contacting on of the researchers in the projects listed below.

Some Research participation opportunities

Body Perception in Eating Disorders

About the study

Our research investigates body perception in eating disorders. We are trying to understand why body perception can be distorted, for example why the body can be perceived as bigger than it actually is. The aim of our research is to understand the mechanisms that underlie changes in how one’s own body is perceived and to develop new interventions for how body distortions might be treated.

For our research, we are looking for people who have an eating disorder or people who had an eating disorder in the past and are recovered.

How to participate

For more information please contact:

Dr Regine Zopf

Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University Email: Regine.Zopf@mq.edu.au

Phone: 9850 2956

Sensory perception, reasoning and decision making in schizophrenia

Volunteers with schizophrenia needed

You are invited to participate in a study examining the sensory perception, reasoning and decision-making styles of people with schizophrenia.  We are trying to find out whether people with schizophrenia experience difficulties in these particular areas of cognition, and how this may relate to the formation of delusional beliefs.

What does this study involve?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to carry out a series of tasks, including:

  • general thinking tasks (e.g. remembering numbers and words, problem-solving)
  • decision-making tasks (e.g. making judgments about stimuli that are presented)
  • simple tasks on a computer (e.g. pressing a button when a particular item is presented)
  • questionnaires
  • reading out a list of words

During some tasks you will experience a touch on your hand (this may be from a soft brush or from a small disk placed on your finger). The tasks are very simple and you will be given a little practice beforehand. We will ask your permission to audio-tape your responses in the word reading task. This will make the testing session run more quickly and will give us more time to transcribe your responses.

These tasks will take about three hours. There are no risks associated with any of the activities you are being asked to do. 
We would also like to ask you some questions about your illness and about the experiences that you have had. This will take approximately 1 hour. There will be no recording of this interview session.

In total the study will take around 4 hours. You can choose to participate in one 4-hour session, or two 2-hour sessions. You will be reimbursed $15 per hour for your participation in this study (a total of $60).

What will happen with my data?

Any information or personal details gathered in the course of the study are strictly confidential. Only the investigators on this project will have access to any data collected.

Will I benefit from the study?

You will not receive any personal benefit from participating in this study.  However, this study will be used to further develop models of belief generation and evaluation in schizophrenia.  The ultimate aim of the research project is to develop a comprehensive model of normal and abnormal belief formation, which may have implications for improving the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to treating psychosis in schizophrenia.

What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?

When you have read this information, if you would like to find out more about this study please contact A/Prof Robyn Langdon on 9850 6733.

How do I participate?

If you would like to participate in this research please call 9850 4122 to arrange an appointment.

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email ethics@mq.edu.au).  Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.

Visual Attention and Social Processing

We are recruiting healthy volunteers for an eye tracking study on social attention. The study involves viewing faces while your eye movements are recorded.

The purpose of the study is to understand how our brain processes information during social interactions and guides shifts in our focus of attention. We are also interested in how these processes may be different in adults with autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and typical development.

What does this study involve?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to carry out a serious of task, including:

  • An interactive eyetracking task
  • Making judgments to stimuli presented on a computer
  • Putting picture cards in an order to tell a story
  • Reading stories and answering questions about them

These tasks will take about three hours. There are no risks associated with any of the activities you are being asked to do. You will be reimbursed $20 per hour for your participation.

What will happen with my data?

Any information or personal details gathered in the course of the study are strictly confidential. Only the investigators on this project will have access to any data collected.

How do I participate?

If you would like to participate, please email Mr. Nikolas Williams (nikolas.williams@mq.edu.au). Alternatively, you may call him on 9850 2986.

Professional and Community Engagement Program (PACE)

PACE is a University-wide initiative which provides undergraduate students with experiential learning opportunities with local, regional and international partners.

Information for the general public can be found here. 

Information for current and future students at Macquarie University can be found here. 

Work Experience Program

Hosted by the ARC Centre for Cognition and it's Disorders (CCD), department members support a High School Work Experience program, suitable for students in years 10, 11 and 12. Students participating in this program have the opportunity to be immersed in a range of research training activities and gain an idea about what it's like to choose a career path in research. 

Information about the Work Experience program can be found here. 

Visiting the department

We have multiple site visits throughout the year where tours, workshops, work experience, and collaborations between researchers take place. Please contact our department if you would like to find out further information of these opportunities. 

If you are interested in our research, collaborating, or studying with our department, please get in touch.

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