ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious research hubs in which experts from across the nation work in collaboration to extend Australia's international standing in areas of national priority. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborative research in the study of cognition, its disorders and their treatment. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders was launched in February 2011 and officially commenced in April 2011. Under the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme, the Centre will receive $21 million from the Australian Research Council across seven years (2011-2017).
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.
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders will be recognised as a world-leading cognitive science centre, where scientists from across disciplines collaborate in order to link theoretical models and basic research findings in the cognitive sciences with outcomes focused on people with cognitive disorders.
The five CCD research areas, belief formation, language, memory, person perception, and reading, were chosen because they are well-understood from a theoretical point of view and because Australia has outstanding researchers in these areas. Starting with the expertise of these prominent Australian researchers, the CCD will draw on the additional expertise from our partner investigators from around the world. The Centre will integrate and coordinate research so that formal theories of human cognition can inform studies of cognitive processing using neural imaging techniques, as well as the assessment and treatment of cognitive disorders. Just as important, the findings from studies of neural imaging and from assessments and interventions in cognitive disorders, will be used to advance cognitive theories.
The Centre's interdisciplinary research teams will tackle several basic questions in cognitive science, and will implement intervention programs that will inform educational policy and clinical practice, with considerable potential impact for the health and social well-being of Australia. The five research programs will directly inform the diagnosis and treatment of a range of cognitive disorders, including dyslexia, specific language impairment, autism, dementia and schizophrenia. Finally, the Centre will further enhance Australia's international reputation in the study of cognition and its disorders.
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Research Nodes and Participating Institutions
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders brings together an extensive network of Australian and international research collaborators. The five collaborative research programs, which have been identified as CCD concentrations of research, will each involve numerous research staff and students, and will be administered at three Centre nodes and at a host of collaborating institutions. The administering node of the CCD is Macquarie University, with additional nodes at the University of New South Wales and at the University of Western Australia. There are two other Australian collaborating institutions, the University of New England and the University of Sydney. Plus, the CCD includes nine partner institutions from around the world: University of Auckland, New Zealand; the University of Oxford, UK; MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit, Cambridge, UK; Cardiff University, UK; the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Institute of Education, University of London, UK; Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; the University of Kansas, USA; and the University of York, UK.
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Governance and Management
Centre Director, Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain, is responsible for scientific leadership and strategic direction. The Chief Operations Officer is responsible for the operational management of the CCD. The CCD Research Management Committee is comprised of the Director, the Chief Operations Officer, and the other four Program Leaders. This Committee is responsible for the Centre's goals, policies, and performance indicators. The progress, future directions and outreach activities of the CCD are reviewed by an international Scientific Committee comprised of eminent scholars in cognitive science, and by an Advisory Board with representatives from academia and key community/advocacy organisations.
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Upcoming CCD Seminars
- 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,
"How do brains encode auditory information? A new method for examining ..."
- 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."
- Friday 28th Mar,
"Imageability and Verb Learning."