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BPsyC Research Groups

The Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre is made up of three flagship research groups:

These flagship research groups are supported by a number of other groups and facilities


Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Mental Health and Wellbeing flagship brings together researchers with an interest in understanding and treating psychological and health disorders. This group conducts research to further understand psychological and health disorders and to evaluate relevant treatments. A unique feature of the group's research is the e-Therapy unit which develops internet-based assessments and treatments for psychological disorders and health-related issues.


Cognitive Neurosciences and Brain Dynamics Flagship

The Cognitive Neurosciences and Brain Dynamics Flagship examines brain functions, structures, connectivity & dynamics. This flagship is housed in the Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) at Swinburne's Hawthorn Campus. The flagship's research encompasses technology-based techniques in the study of cognition, cognitive development and decision-making, and brain functions, connectivity, and mechanisms.


Social Psychology Flagship

Focuses on lifestyle, health related research and health related disorders.




Lifespan Development Research Group

The Life Span Development group aims to improve our understanding of developmental processes and challenges across the lifespan, including early development and ageing processes.


Bioelectromagnetics Research Group

The Bioelectromagnetics Research Group explores biological and health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) such as produced by mobile phones, broadcast towers and power lines, particularly how this may affect the brain. It incorporates measurement and analytical tools for assessing EMF exposures in the environment and inside living systems, and an in-vitro laboratory (the Cellular Neuroscience laboratory) for conducting biological experiments. The centrepiece of the Group is the Radiofrequency Dosimetry Laboratory.

Specific research interests include EMF safety exposure assessments, complex modelling of EMF and thermal patterns inside living systems, bioelectromagnetic cellular studies and biophysical aspects of neurophysiological equipment (led by Professor Andrew Wood).

The research group also participates in the NHMRC-funded Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research.


Social Psychology Research Unit

The Social Psychology Research Unit investigates social attitudes and processes relevant to understanding human social behaviour, as well as attitudes towards technological and other community advances. The unit underpins the contextualisation of our research agenda and, therefore, augments the work of all other research groupings. This unit incorporates the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility.


Statistics Unit

The Statistics Unit is staffed by statisticians, psychologists, program evaluators and epidemiologists and assists all other researchers with analysis, mathematical modelling, and the conduct of randomised and controlled trials.

 
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