Graduate Research School

Cognitive Science: Research and ApplicationWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 800173.1

Discipline: PSYCHOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Master of Research core units: Research Design 1, Research Literacies or equivalent

About this Unit
Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the mind. Contemporary research in cognitive science conducted by members of the MARCS Institute forms the core of the unit. Research areas to be addressed: plasticity and learning; action and coordination; nonverbal communication; and ageing and cognition. Examples of research questions: Can learning be unconscious? What mechanisms enable interpersonal coordination as seen in music and dance ensembles? Why is it that music elicits strong emotions? How does attention influence perception? How does conditioning explain human preferences? Does social facilitation apply to humans interacting with robots? In what way does ageing impact upon decision making? Applications to the arts, education, health, aging, design, human-machine interaction and artificial intelligence will be discussed.

8083.2Bachelor of Research StudiesCURRENT

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