The Cognition and Emotion Research Centre comprises of 10 staff members and around 26 research students at honours, masters and PhD level across the Melbourne campus.
We are a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in the areas of psychopharmacology, brain imaging, mild brain stimulation, psychophysiology, neuropsychology, clinical psychology and developmental psychology.
The Centre has two related research themes, 1) a cognitive theme (e.g., prospective memory) and 2) an emotion theme (e.g., social cognition). Using experimental approaches, we aim to better understand the mechanisms involved in cognitive and emotional processes in a range of groups including older people, and people who are affected by conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. We typically measure cognitive and emotional processes using computerised behavioural measures and we investigate the mechanisms underlying these processes by assessing factors such as hormone levels, physiological responses (e.g., skin conductance, heart rate and electromyography), and brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).