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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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CCD Reading Program Statement on Dyslexia and Reading Impairment

Dispelling misconceptions during Dyslexia Awareness Week: what we mean (and don't mean) when we talk about dyslexia.

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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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Celebrating Centre excellence in the CCD Reading Program

Four Reading Program members recently recognised for teaching excellence and for contributions to education of people with learning difficulties in Australia.

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Member spotlight: Dr Muireann Irish, Memory Program

New research from award-winning dementia researcher and ambassador for women in science.

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Research Feature: Psychotherapeutic approach may help reduce symptoms of psychosis

New Belief Formation clinical case study suggests that metacognitive therapy can assist in treating patients with psychosis.

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Research Feature: Facial recognition impaired in fronto-temporal dementia (FTD)

Study by Dr Fiona Kumfor of the Memory Program reveals potential new ways for carers to deal with some FTD symptoms.

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L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science fellowship

Dr Muireann Irish, of the Memory Program, has shown that people with dementia don't just lose the ability to remember the past but also the ability to envisage the future.

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New Person Perception research reveals obese individuals can't switch off from food

A new study by Dr Jason Bell and team has revealed that obese individuals have a specific difficulty in directing their own attention away from unhealthy foods, when compared to the rest of the population.

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Katherine Demuth recognised for linguistics research leadership

CCD Language Program Chief Investigator Professor Katherine Demuth was recently elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

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September is Dementia Awareness Month

Join CCD Memory Program members as they engage with the community to help build a dementia-friendly Australia.

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What would happen if a zombie came and ate your brain?

CCD members answer questions like these as they showcase their science during National Science Week.

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Research Feature: Control of goal-directed action is impaired in people with schizophrenia

Action choices of people with schizophrenia may be more habitual than goal-directed.

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CCD Developing Mind Workshop Series

We are pleased to annouce a new workshop series focussing on topics in cognitive development in children - commencing with a Workshop on Rational Inferences.

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Cross Program Support Scheme 2016

Read about the successful applications to this collaborative scheme.

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Research sheds new light on race recognition

Person Perception Program research provides a new understanding of why people often struggle to recognise faces from different racial groups.

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Man or woman? Age affects sex perception

New Person Perception Program study is first to show that age affects perception of a face's gender.

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The Dyslexie font: does it work for children with dyslexia?

Dr Eva Marinus of the Reading Program, and collaborators examine effectiveness of the Dyslexie font.

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Memory Program Chief Investigator recognised for contributions to Alzheimer's research

Professor John Hodges honoured with prestigious lifetime achievement award from the Alzheimer's Association.

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I build robot brains

CCD PhD candidate and Famelab Australia finalist Astrid Zeman describes her science.

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Society for Mental Health Research funds cross-disciplinary innovation

Associate Investigator Dr Kiley Seymour won one of 13 early career research awards to apply new methods from vision science to examine perceptual abnormalities in schizophrenia and inform development of new interventions.

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The CCD and Australian Hearing Hub feature in Redesign My Brain

Dr Paul Sowman sends Todd Sampson back into the MEG in the second episode of series 2 of Redesign My Brain.

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Research Feature: How do children with autism use facial cues to evaluate trustworthiness?

Person Perception Program research reveals that children with autism spectrum disorder may not use facial trustworthiness information to guide behaviour.

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Children unable to tell genuine from faked sadness

New research from Person Perception program member Dr Amy Dawel has shown that children are unable to tell the difference between genuine and fake sadness from facial expressions.

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Language Program Chief Investigator publishes in Scientific American Mind

Professor Bill Thompson co-authored an article published in the April/May edition of popular American science magazine, Scientific American Mind.

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2014 Annual Report

CCD is pleased to announce the availability of our fourth annual report.

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Sight word and phonics training as effective reading remediation

Recently published study from Reading Program researchers adds to evidence base supporting efficacy of sight word and phonics training

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Excellence in Research Student Award 2014 Publications

Congratulations to the 5 winners of our 2014 Excellence in Research Student Award Publications.

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New research using the sound of blood flow to the brain to provide insights into reading remediation

CCD Reading Program researchers are using Functional Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound technology to approach questions about remediating dyslexia.

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Noise can be a problem in open plan classrooms

New research from Kiri Mealings of the Language Program, has found that primary students in open-plan classrooms struggle to hear their teachers compared with students in enclosed classrooms.

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Member Spotlight: Dr Vince Polito, Belief Formation

Associate Investigator Vince Polito has developed a new theory with exciting implications.

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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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