Showcasing cognitive psychology research at ACU

Serving as a platform for the exchange of research interests and projects among staff, postgraduate and higher degree research students, the second consecutive Faculty of Health Sciences Research Conversation was presented by the School of Psychology on April 17 via videoconference across ACU campuses.

The national School of Psychology has developed a number of research strengths as part of its strategic blueprint in cognition and applied cognitive neuroscience, developmental and educational psychology and clinical and health psychology. This seminar focussed on cognition and prospective memory research undertaken within the Cognition and Emotion Research lab.

Professor Peter Rendell is Principal Investigator of the research group and chaired the session. The three speakers were PhD students Kimberley Mercuri and Kathryn Biernacki, and Dr Gill Terrett.

ACU’s Three Minute Thesis winner Kimberley Mercuri presented the second study of her research on ‘Episodic foresight impairment in long term opiate users.’

Kathryn Biernacki researches cognition and social interaction in long term opiate users. She presented data from her Honours project ‘Prospective memory impairment in opiate users’.

Dr Gill Terrett is an ACU supervisor and lecturer who researches cognitive functioning within a range of clinical populations. She presented on ‘A study of prospective memory function in children with autistic spectrum disorders using ‘Virtual Week’.

You can find out more about the Cognition and Emotion Research Lab at

In March, the School of Science presented a selection of its research projects on plant and wildlife ecology, industrial waste and aquatic toxicology. For a summary of the presentation, visit Environmental Science research at ACU.

The School of Allied Health will be presenting at the next Research Conversion on Thursday 22 May at 3:30 pm. The ACU Videoconference room venues are Melbourne campus – Rm 5.30; North Sydney campus – Tenison Woods House Lvl 16; Brisbane campus – Ac.22, Strathfield campus – Rm B; Canberra campus – Rm 110 and Ballarat campus – Rm 503.