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Department of Cognitive Science


The Department of Cognitive Science offers an exceptional research and training environment for those interested in pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The PhD program is designed to prepare students for careers as well-rounded scientists engaging in original research in the cognitive and brain sciences. The Department has a strong and sustained track record of research excellence and PhD supervision across a wide range of domains of cognitive science including memory, language, perception in action, and reading. Our distinguished researchers include ARC Federation Fellows, ARC Future Fellows, ARC QEII Fellows, ARC DECRA Fellows, NHMRC Fellows, and Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.

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The Department also hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), a world-leading centre in the cognitive and brain sciences. The CCD brings together researchers from several departments at Macquarie University and thirteen other national and international institutions to focus on five main areas of research: belief formation, language, memory, person perception, and reading.

In addition to its vibrant community of researchers, the Department also houses state-of-the-art purpose-built laboratories and training facilities located in the recently constructed Australian Hearing Hub. Macquarie University is home to the KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory, which houses the world’s first child MEG and Cochlear implant compatible MEG and Australia’s first whole-head adult MEG. The Department supports a range of other specialized facilities.

The Department also hosts the Cognition Clinic for Reading, which provides research-based assessments and intervention for children with reading and spelling difficulties, and professional development for teachers and clinicians supporting children with poor reading and spelling.

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