Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership (Highly Commended 2014)

Professor Amanda Barnier, Faculty of Human Sciences

Amanda has an international reputation for innovative contributions to cognitive science and psychology in two distinct fields. She has pioneered the use of hypnosis to develop compelling laboratory versions of a catalogue of clinical delusions, enabling us to test ideas about the birth, maintenance, and treatment of false beliefs. She is at the forefront also of new “collective” memory research on the benefits of remembering together, which may protect people from the effects of cognitive decline and dementia. Since arriving at Macquarie she has built two thriving research teams and trained, mentored, and inspired the next generation of researchers.

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