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ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

The ARC Centre of Excellence offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborative research in the study of cognition, its disorders, and their treatment.

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‘Colombia: after the violence. Peace efforts in the country have ended 50 years of intense conflict. Now, scientists are studying former fighters and victims as they attempt to heal’

CCD researcher Agustin Ibanez investigates the impact of social isolation and conflict on ex-combatants’ moral judgments.

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Member Spotlight: Clare Sutherland

CCD research fellow, Dr Clare Sutherland, investigates how we form and use first impressions.

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The Inclusive Research Network (IRN) at the CCD

The IRN promotes inclusiveness in academia and society through monthly meetings.

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'Autism advocacy and research misses the mark if autistic people are left out'

CCD researcher Liz Pellicano explains the needs for partnership between autistic and non-autistic individuals within the academic and wider communities.

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Congratulations to the 2018 CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme winners!

These grants support collaborative research projects using a range of techniques to investigate neural markers of cognition and its disorders.

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Congratulations to the winners of the CCD Excellence in Research Student Award for Publications!

This award recognises the significant contributions that students make in their research fields each year.

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CCD 2017 Annual Report

Find out more about our Centre by reading through our seventh Annual Report.

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Research Feature: Understanding conspiracy theories

CCD researchers Colin Klein, Vince Polito, Peter Clutton and their colleagues explore the how and why of conspiracy theories.

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Harmony Day Feature: Becoming bilingual

As Australia becomes more multicultural; the need to understand how bilinguals learn English grows. CCD researchers are tackling this important question.

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Child MEG helping to diagnose autism

The Child MEG that CCD researchers helped develop is revolutionising the diagnosis of developmental disorders.

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World Hearing Day: Hearing loss and dementia

Hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia in later life. This fact sheet prepared by the CCD, the MQ Australian Hearing Hub, and Dementia Australia tell you what you need to know.

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CCD researchers short-listed for Research and Literacy Education award

Congratulations to Danielle Colenbrander, Lyndsey Nickels and Saskia Kohnen on being short-listed for the prestigious UKLA/Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award.

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World Hearing Day Research Feature: Hearing health and literacy

CCD researcher Professor Katherine Demuth and her collaborators are working with Indigenous children to understand how hearing impacts language and literacy skills.

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World Hearing Day: Loud environments impact on many aspects of our lives

CCD Researchers and colleagues suggest some ways to improve our daily commutes: Start by turning down the volume.

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CCD Public Lecture Series: Professor Jean Decety

Professor Decety will share his insights on 'Empathy and morality: An interdisciplinary perspective' on 14 March 2018 at Macquarie University.

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CCD Public Lecture Series: Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Pellicano

Professor Pellicano will be speaking about 'Knowing austism' on 20 March 2018 at The University of Western Australia.

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Research Feature: Our body image affects how we see ourselves and others

A new study by CCD researcher Dr Ian Stephen and his colleagues has identified a psychological pathway that can lead to body size and shape misperception.

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Research Feature: What makes a good learner?

A team of researchers led by Dr Nic Badcock is using neuroimaging technology to discover the neural markers of successful learning with the goal of helping people with learning disabilities.

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Research Feature: Do we need language to think?

A new study led by Dr Alex Woolgar shows that language isn't required for complex thinking and planning.

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Research Feature: How does oral vocabulary help kids learn to read?

PhD student Signy Wegener and Dr Anne Castles explain the complex link between spoken vocabulary and reading new words.

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'What's so bad about Comic Sans, anyway?'

CCD researcher Dr Eva Marinus comments on the debate about how font and word/letter spacing impact dyslexic readers.

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Research Feature: Why people think they're thinner than they are

New research from Dr Jason Bell and colleagues explains why people are biased in their judgements about their body size.

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CCD researcher, Professor Liz Pellicano, joins the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism

Autism CRC has announced Macquarie University as an Other Participant in the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism.

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CCD announces the 2018 Public Lecture Series

Over the course of 2018, a distinguished international scientist from each CCD area (Belief Formation, Language, Memory, Person Perception and Reading) will give a public lecture.

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Research at CCD

The mission of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) is to coordinate and conduct research in five areas of cognition: belief formation, language, memory, person perception, and reading.

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CCD in the Media

An up-to-date listing of CCD members and research featured in the media.

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