Department of Cognitive Science
Postgraduate Studies in Cognitive Science
Research at MACCS focuses on the production and comprehension of normal and disordered spoken and written language (see the Language Project), modeling the perception of rapidly changing visual displays (see the Visual Cognition Project) and the modeling of the nature of delusions in schizophrenia and other disorders including e.g. Capgras, Cotard, Fregoli, and Mirror delusions (see the Belief Formation Project).
Why study in the department of Cognitive science?
The department occupies premises on the 3rd floor of the state-of-the-art Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University. PhD students in their first couple of years work in an open-plan environment which allows new students get to know other students quickly, and get advice from the ones who have been in the department for a while. As students get closer to writing up they can move to a shared office, which provides the necessary solitude. All PhD students are offered their choice of either a Mac OS X or Windows workstation.
Cognitive Science PhD students have access to state-of-art facilites
Students have access to research facilities in both the department as well as member nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Including
- Whole-head MEG system & Child MEG system
- ERP-FRP Laboratory
- Language acquisition laboratory
- Speech and hearing clinics
- Speech and hearing laboratory including facilities for conducting experiments in speech physiology (speech movement/kinematics, electropalatography, oral and nasal airflow), speech acoustics, speech perception and experimental psychology (equipped with DMDX, PsyScript and other experimental display software).
- Fully-equipped sound treated recording studio.
- The Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Unit, a research outpost located at the New Children's Hospital which provides research access to children with a variety of developmental disorders.
We host conferences in areas relevant to Cognitive Science. These conferences are discussion-oriented meetings on topics relevant to the work of the Centre, with local and overseas authorities presenting papers for discussion and allowing Centre students to interact with authorities in their field of research.
Department PhD students have the opportunity to publish in a new book series with the title Macquarie Monographs in Cognitive Science which is published by Psychology Press, the world's leading publisher of books in psychology and cognitive science.
Administrative Staff: Please contact with any questions
- Lesley McKnight, Research Administrator
Academic staff: List of eligible supervisors
If you are interested in applying to MACCS, you should discuss a research proposal with one of these staff members before completing your application.
- Monday 3rd Mar,
Dr Dany Adone,
"From V to V+V+(V) Constructions: How serial verb constructions are acq..."
- Monday 10th Mar,
Assistant Professor Tim Hunter,
"Sharpening the empirical bite of syntactic derivations. (CLaS-CCD Rese..."
- Friday 14th Mar,
Professor Andrea Halpern,
"Memory for music and art in Alzheimer's Disease."
- Friday 14th Mar,
Mr Andy Thwaites,
"Function expression in EMEG source space."
- Wednesday 19th Mar,
Distinguished Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith & Professor Kim Sterelny,
"Dual-inheritance models of cultural transmission. (CCD Cognition in Co..."
- Friday 21st Mar,
Professor John Duncan,
"A core brain system in assembly of cognitive episodes."
- Michelle Mostard
- Professor Gabriele Miceli
- Professor Roelien Bastiaanse
- Professor Ria De Bleser
- Professor David Howard
- Professor Barbara Hohle
- Rasmus Gahrn-Andersen
- Dr Joana Cholin
- Professor Maria Teresa Guasti
- Leonie Franken
- Geoff Cumming [Previous Visitors]