Department of Cognitive Science
Postgraduate Studies in Cognitive Science
Research at the Department of Cognitive Science focuses on the production and comprehension of normal and disordered spoken and written language (see the Language Project), modelling the perception of rapidly changing visual displays (see the Visual Cognition Project) and the modelling 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 facilities
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.
Administrative Staff: Please contact with any questions
- Lesley McKnight, Research Administrator
Academic staff: List of eligible supervisors
If you are interested in applying to the Department of Cognitive Science, you should discuss a research proposal with one of these staff members before completing your application.
- Friday 27th Feb,
Prof Ludo Verhoeven & A/Prof Eliane Segers,
"Learning to read in a transparent orthography: Developmental processes ..."
- Monday 16th Mar,
"Has object vision been solved"
- Monday 16th Mar,
"Is it an animal? Is it a bird? What comes first? "
- Wednesday 25th Mar,
Devin B. Terhune,
"The role of visual cortex in synaesthesia"
- Professor Daniel Bub
- Jenny Wu
- Professor Masanori Higuchi
- Associate Professor Daisuke Oyama
- Professor Susan Gathercole
- Dr Dennis Norris
- Professor Kate Nation [Previous Visitors]