The Cognition and Emotion Research Centre (CERC) has a strong focus on applying experimental psychology approaches across the fields of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Collaborating with international researchers, we aim to increase understanding of cognitive and emotional functioning in older adults and clinical populations, and inform interventions.
We support researchers to extend their minds, so we can expand our knowledge of how the brain functions.
We support our researchers with world-class research labs and a wide range of neuroscience equipment, including 3D eye tracking, a 64-channel EEG, a -80-degree freezer, and transcranial direct current stimulation equipment.
Our work has an impact far beyond Australia. As such, we have built a strong network of international collaborators, in particular our Professorial Research Fellows: Professor Markus Heinrichs and Professor Helen Val Curran.
Evidence suggests that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) temporarily alters fear consolidation. We examine the effects of tDCS in young people with high and low social anxiety.Explore project
This research seeks to further understand how oxytocin’s role in a wide range of disorders associated with social dysfunction, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Williams Syndrome and Social Anxiety Disorder.Explore project
Our research into episodic foresight and clinical groups investigates whether adult substance abusers and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can imagine future events.Explore project
Through our memory train project, run in partnership with Villa Maria Catholic Homes, we examine prospective memory in older adults and whether it is possible to enhance its function.Explore project
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