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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
  • Eyetracking
  • 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

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.

Name Position
Distinguished Professor Anne Castles
Dr Ryan McKay Adjunct Supervisor
Associate Professor Veronika Coltheart Honorary Associate
Associate Professor Robyn Langdon ARC Future Fellow
Associate Professor Genevieve McArthur Head of Department
Professor Lyndsey Nickels Professor of Cognitive Science & Director of IDEALAB (MQ)
Professor Amanda Barnier ARC Future Fellow
Associate Professor Matthew Finkbeiner Research Fellow
Dr Jonathan McGuire Visiting Associate
Professor Mark Williams Queen Elizabeth II (ARC) Research Fellow
Associate Professor Anina Rich ARC Research Fellow
Dr Jon Brock Research Fellow
Associate Professor Blake Johnson Associate Professor
Professor John Sutton Deputy Director
Dr Kati Renvall Adjunct Supervisor
Professor Roelien Bastiaanse Adjunct Supervisor
Professor Barbara Höhle Adjunct Supervisor
Dr David Kaplan Lecturer