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CCD 2017 Annual Report

CCD 2017 Annual Report

CCD 2017 Annual Report

Director's Report - Professor Stephen Crain:

On behalf of all Centre members, I am proud to present the 2017 Annual Report for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). This was clearly another very successful year for members of the CCD, which includes 20 Chief Investigators, 12 Partner Investigators, 205 Associate Investigators, 21 centre-funded postdoctoral fellows and 174 honours and higher degree research students. Centre members have made major scientific contributions to our five research programs: Belief Formation, Language, Memory, Person Perception and Reading.

The CCD offers several internal support schemes that are designed to support innovative and collaborative research, and to support research training for outstanding students and our postdoctoral fellows. This year, the Centre's new Postdoctoral Exchange Scheme provided travel grants to Dr Amy Dawel (Person Perception Program, Australian National University) who visited the Institute of Research in Psychology, at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and to Dr Wei He (Language Program, Macquarie University) who visited VU University Medical Centre in The Netherlands. In 2017, the CCD also held 9 well-attended training sessions for students and Early Career Researchers. We continued the Student Exchange Scheme that provided support for Ben Tappin to visit Yale University, USA and for Lina Teichmann to visit the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France. Each year, our students publish fantastic research and we recognise these exceptional publications through our Excellence in Research Student Award — Publications. This year the award winners published in the following journals: Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Biological Reviews, NeuroImage, Schizophrenia Bulletin and Neuropsychology Review. For more information about these publications please see the Professional Development and Training section.

The Cross Program Support Scheme is another vehicle by which the Centre provides research support for Centre members. This scheme provides funding for projects that involve researchers from two or more research programs. This year we funded another five innovative research projects. These included an investigation of computational modelling of spoken word production, a study of cognitive factors associated with dementia patients with psychosis, an investigation of the link between children's coding ability and their syntactic skills, a study of the appearance-based trust behaviour in patients with schizophrenia, and an exploration of lexical and semantic processing in minimally-verbal children with autism. The Centre also provided support for training in experimental techniques through the Neural Markers Training Scheme. We funded five research training projects this year. These included a project that used eye-tracking and multi-voxel pattern analysis, one that used that used electromagnetic articulography, another that used Emotiv and Neuroscan EEG devices, a project that employed a visuospatial working memory task to characterise the dynamics of remembered object representations, and an investigation of neural response to expectations about one's own actions in healthy individuals and in individual with schizophrenia.

The CCD continued to provide outstanding opportunities for academic engagement for Centre members at various stages of their career. The Centre hosted 14 academic workshops, sponsored three external conferences and hosted 50 seminars throughout the year. One of the highlights was the Science of the Self research forum that focused on research findings related to agency and body representation, sponsored by the Belief Formation Program and the Faculty of Human Sciences. Another highlight was the CCD-KIT MEG Workshop, which brought together prominent international magnetoencephalography (MEG) researchers from Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands to showcase our national and international research collaborations on cognitive processing using MEG. Included in the program was a tribute to the memory of Professor Hisashi Kado, the former Director of the Applied Electronics Laboratory at KIT, who pioneered the 160 channel whole-head MEG system which is now used internationally. Finally, we held another highly successful CCD Annual Workshop at the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens with over 110 members participating in the three-day event.

I take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to all of our Centre members for their significant contributions to research and for their enthusiastic support of the Centre throughout the year.

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