Research in the Faculty of Human Sciences spans a wide range of disciplines including psychology, early childhood, education, linguistics and cognitive science. There are opportunities for research collaboration and higher degree research in all of these areas with contributions from world class researchers in the field.

Research Centres

The Faculty of Human Sciences is home to national, University, Faculty and Department research centres.

Macquarie University Research Centres

Faculty Research Centres

Research Facilities

The Faculty of Human Sciences provides world-class facilities which offer the best technology and a stimulating learning and research environment for our students, staff and organisations who partner with us.

Two of our major facilities are highlighted here:

World-first Simulation Hub

Simulation Hub Our Faculty is home to the new state-of-the-art Simulation Hub. The first and only facility of its type in the world, the Simulation Hub draws a range of simulation devices under one roof enabling collaborative and cross-disciplinary research. Access leading
experts and collaborate on future-shaping research in human performance using the latest facilities, including:

World-class Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub Our Faculty has also been responsible for initiating the establishment of the Australian Hearing Hub located on campus. The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in linguistics, audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences. Some of the research facilities that are located in the Australian Hearing Hub include:

Research Seminars

Connect with leading researchers at our seminars, workshops, and events.

Research Workshops and Events

Recent research on pathological narcissism and NPD: Impact on alliance building and treatment interventions

Speaker: Associate Professor Elsa Ronningstam, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Date & Time: Wednesday 8th November 2017, 10.00am - 11.00am

Venue: Senate Room 310, Building C8A, Macquarie University

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

This talk is focused on integrating recent research on emotion regulation and empathic functioning with specific relevance for agency, control, and decision-making in narcissistic personality disorder (NPD, conceptualized as self direction in DSM 5 Section III). The neuroscientific studies of emotion regulation and empathic capability can provide some significant information regarding the neurological/ neuropsychological underpinnings to narcissistic personality functioning. Deficiencies in emotion processing, compromised empathic functioning, and motivation can influence narcissistic self-regulation and agential direction and competence in social interactions and interpersonal intimate relationships. The aim is to expand our understanding of pathological narcissism and NPD and suggest relevant implications for building a collaborative treatment alliance.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Opening minds: Civil discourse in an uncivil age - the quest for a post-partisan citizenship

Speaker: Alexander Heffner, Public Broadcasting Service Show, USA

Date & Time: Tuesday 21st November 2017, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Venue: The Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University

Faculty Lecture.

Divisiveness today is a pervasive plague on discourse and governance. Social media proliferate clickbait, fake news and filter bubbles. Algorithms polarize information intake. So what are possible prescriptions to correct this vicious cycle? How can our digital footprint translate into prosocial rather than antisocial behavior? How can the press restore faith in the democratic process?

Join us for this enlightening talk by one of the most well-known public affairs program hosts in the world.

More information and registration available here. Please register by 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017.

Workshop: Introduction to R

Presenter: Dr Peter Humburg, Faculty Statistician

Date & Time: Thursday 23rd November 2017, 9.00am - 4.00pm

Venue: Macquarie Theatre Active Learning Space, 21 Wally's Walk (W2.4A 2.300)

Faculty of Human Sciences Workshop Series: Data Analysis and Statistics.

If you want to learn how to use R for your data analysis without having to know anything about either R or Statistics, this workshop is for you. You will learn how to import data into R, how to process data to prepare for analysis, and how to use R to create plots to visualise and explore data. There will be plenty of opportunities to try things out yourself. All you'll need is a laptop and an interest in learning R.

To register, please email Peter ( by 5pm on Thursday 16th November.

Towards a model of reading

Speaker: Professor Erik Reichle, Department of Psychology

Date & Time: Wednesday 29th November 2017, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Venue: Senate Room 310, Building C8A, Macquarie University

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

Computational models have been developed to explain the cognitive processes involved in reading (Reichle, 2015), including word identification (e.g., Perry et al., 2007), sentence processing (e.g., Lewis & Vasishth, 2005), the representation of discourse (e.g., Frank et al., 2003), and how the systems that mediate these processes interact with the systems that guide the eyes and attention during reading (e.g., Reichle et al., 2012). In this talk, I will describe my efforts to develop a more comprehensive description of reading by embedding models of word-identification, sentence-processing, and discourse- representation within the framework of the E-Z Reader model of eye-movement control during reading (Reichle, forthcoming). The goal of this work is to develop a framework for simulating both on- and off-line behaviours during reading (e.g., the patterns of eye movements made during reading, the content of the text later remembered, etc.), and by doing so, to gain a better understanding of reading in its entirety.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Oxytocin: The power of a fine-tuned system

Speaker: Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman, University of Adelaide

Date & Time: Friday 1st December 2017, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Venue: Senate Room 310, Building C8A, Macquarie University

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

Oxytocin is a neuropeptide capable of affecting both behaviour and physiology. Large individual differences exist in the levels of our endogenous oxytocin, both at baseline and in response to social stimuli. This raises interesting questions about the way oxytocin can help each of us to manage social situations and how for example intranasal oxytocin can improve any deficiencies. Do we have the same “hardware” to target? Oxytocin neurons and oxytocin can impact on a range of other physiological systems in a bi-directional manner which helps regulate stress, reward and decision making among others. Are some of the individual differences that we see in behaviour and physiology a result of oxytocins ability to impact on these? And how does early life impact on the developing oxytocin system? Does it affect receptor levels or how systems interact? Our understanding of the oxytocin system is growing rapidity, as is our understanding of the nuanced effect that oxytocin has. It is now important to investigate what causes individual differences in oxytocin systems, as the potential positive impact of further fine tuning this system are wide spread. A hypothesis is presented of the impact of early experiences on oxytocin and how this affects vulnerability to stress and addiction later in life.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Workshop: Power Analysis and Sample Size Estimation

Presenter: Dr Peter Humburg, Faculty Statistician

Date & Time: Thursday 7th December 2017, 10.00am - 1.00pm

Venue: Macquarie Theatre Active Learning Space, 21 Wally's Walk (W2.4A 2.300)

Faculty of Human Sciences Workshop Series: Data Analysis and Statistics.

Are you trying to figure out how many samples you'll need for the new study you are planning? This workshop will cover the fundamentals of power analysis and provide you with an opportunity to apply them to your own study. You'll need to bring a laptop, the details of a study for which you'd like to conduct a power analysis and some enthusiasm.

To register, please email Peter ( by 5pm on Thursday 30th November.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

Faculty Public Lecture Series 2017

The ABCs of OCD: Understanding and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in children

Professor Eric Storch, University of South Florida (USA)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

This eagerly anticipated event should be required listening for parents and teachers of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder emotional problems, and an equally intriguing lecture for academics, health professionals and students. Attendees will gain an understanding of the symptoms of OCD, the familial and individual factors that maintain symptoms and the available evidence-based treatments. Professor Storch will also reveal cutting-edge developments in the field of OCD and will show us how families and health professionals can implement a treatment plan to help young people overcome OCD.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

An audio recording of this public lecture can be accessed here.

Bright and Early: Maximising potential through high-quality early childhood education

Professor Diane Horm, University of Oklahoma (USA)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Addressing educational disadvantage is a big challenge not only in Australia but also around the world. Visiting from the University of Oklahoma (Tulsa campus), Professor Diane Horm will discuss how high-quality early childhood education can narrow the gap of educational achievement for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She will also focus on the innovative Educare program, an early education intervention program currently spreading across the United States that is funded and delivered through a philanthropic and community partnership model.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

An audio recording of this public lecture can be accessed here.

Changing our Minds: How modern environments are impacting our brain activity

Dr Tara Thiagarajan

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

How does the technology we use affect our brains? Does our income level have a relationship to our brain waves? Find out these answers and more from Dr Tara Thiagarajan, a scientist and entrepreneur with a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. She currently holds roles as Chairperson, Chief Scientist and Managing Director of various companies and is also the Founder of Sapien Labs, a research organisation dedicated to understanding the diversity of brain dynamics across humanity. Dr Thiagarajan’s work focuses on new approaches to drive understanding of how environment influences human brain diversity and, in turn, economic outcome. This will be a highly relevant and exciting event, perfect for all those living and researching within modern society.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

An audio recording of this public lecture can be accessed here.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

Human Sciences Perspectives Series 2017

Human Perspectives in the Science of the Self

Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Neeltje van Haren

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 (10:00am-5:30pm)

This workshop will include a series of methods talks by Macquarie University speakers and external speakers, as well as a keynote talk by Dr Neeltje EM van Haren, who has conducted work exploring the experience of self-agency in schizophrenia. A panel of speakers will also be convened to discuss the methodologies used in research exploring the science of the self. This will be followed by a set of facilitated discussion groups and tours of Macquarie University research facilities, with the intention to foster experimental collaboration.

For more information and to register - click here.

This workshop is part of the Science of the Self conference. For the full program, visit the conference website.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

Higher Degree Research

We offer you the opportunity to work alongside world leading researchers in the fields of cognitive science, education, health science, linguistics, philosophical psychology and psychology to answer deep questions about what makes us human. Learn more

For more information, please contact the Faculty of Human Sciences HDR Office:

Contact Us

Research Office Team

Faculty of Human Sciences Research Office
Level 3, Building X5B
Macquarie University
NSW 2109, Australia

Associate Dean, ResearchProfessor Mike Jones
+61 2 9850 8601
Faculty Research ManagerMr Colm Halbert
+61 2 9850 8073
Faculty Research CoordinatorMs Jo Tuck
+61 2 9850 9607
Jo Tuck 
Faculty Research AdministratorDr Shiree Heath
+61 2 9850 7959
Shiree Heath
Faculty StatisticianPeter Humburg
+61 2 9850 9848
Peter Humburg
Faculty Ethics OfficerMs Kay Bowes-Tseng
+61 2 9850 4197
Kay Bowes-Tseng
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