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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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Apply now for the CCD 2017 Cross Program Support Scheme

The Cross Program Support Scheme provides funding to support collaborative, cross program research projects within the CCD. Applications for this round close 18 July 2016.

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Research Feature: What can insects tell us about consciousness?

Research recently published from CCD AI Dr Colin Klein and Dr Andrew Barron (Macquarie University) suggests that insects may be capable of the most basic aspect of consciousness: subjective experience.

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Member Spotlight: Professor Martin Brüne

Welcome to new CCD Partner Investigator, Professor Martin Brüne.

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CCD 2015 Annual Report

Our fifth Annual Report is now available online.

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CCD Developing Mind Series Continues

We are pleased to announce the next workshop in the CCD's Developing Mind series on Developmental Perspectives On Language Processing to be held in May 2016.

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CCD Student Publication Awards announced

Congratulations to the five winners in the 'CCD Excellence in Research Student Awards - Outstanding 2015 Publications' scheme.

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CCD welcomes new Scientific Committee member

Emeritus Professor Michael Kopelman joins the CCD's Scientific Committee. E/Prof Kopelman will be giving a keynote address at the CCD's Annual Workshop in August.

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CCD High School Work Experience Program

The CCD has just hosted a group of students as part of its annual High School Work Experience Program. Thanks to all those that were involved in this very successful week!

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Music to mend memories in the minds of dementia patients

April 1-10 is the NSW Seniors Festival. With rates of dementia on the rise, CCD researchers Bill Thompson and Amee Baird discuss their new research looking at how music might help people with dementia by comparing how personal memories are evoked with music and other stimuli.

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Don't believe everything you see on TV: hypnosis is less far fetched and far more important

Can a hypnotist make you do something without realising it? It may seem so from new hypnosis TV game-show "You're Back in the Room" but CCD members suggest there is more to it! Read more in their article in The Conversation.

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Brian Byrne appears in episode about 'Twins' on SBS Insight

CCD Chief Investigator E/Prof Brian Byrne talks about the genetic component of reading, maths and spelling skills in a special episode about twins, aired 15 March, on Insight on SBS. Episodes of Insight are available to view via their website.

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Podcasts now available - Moving Minds: Converting Cognition and Emotion in History

Listen to podcasts from this successful conference sponsored by two ARC Centres of Excellence (CCD and History of Emotions) and the 'Early Modern Conversions' project (based in Montreal).

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Research Feature: Interdisciplinary CCD research team finds that sex hormones affect immune function

CCD Person Perception researchers have conducted a new meta-analysis, published in Biological Reviews, reporting that male sex hormones suppress immune function.

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CCD researchers discuss music and the brain on ABC's Catalyst

CCD's Bill Thompson, Mark Williams and Amee Baird are featured in the episode of ABC Catalyst aired on 8 March. Episodes of Catalyst are available to view via their website.

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CCD joins new FIVE from FIVE alliance

CCD has formed an alliance with The Centre for Independent Studies' FIVE from FIVE project - a new reading program aiming to improve literacy levels in Australian children. FIVE from FIVE launched March 8.

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CCD Developing Mind Series Continues

We are pleased to announce the next workshop in the CCD's Developing Mind series. The second workshop in this series will focus on Learning New Words and will be held in March 2016.

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Member Spotlight: Professor John Sutton

CCD Associate Investigator John Sutton's interdisciplinary research recognised in new Fellowship and to feature in upcoming conference.

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New Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (USA)

CCD Chief Investigator Bill Thompson awarded Fellowship of the Association for Psychological Science (USA).

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Celebrating a new level of maturity as an ARC Centre of Excellence

Centre members come together for 4th Annual Centre-wide Workshop.

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Research Feature: New understanding of language development

Language Program researchers provide new windows into understanding of language skill development.

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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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