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Cognitive Science research projects

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Behavioural and neuroscientific treatments that target individual weaknesses in reading and self-esteem Assoc Prof Genevieve McArthur One in five Australians struggle to learn to read. The impact of poor reading on a person's self-esteem can be severe. Our research program focuses on developing and trialling new evidence-based behavioural and neuroscientific treatments that target individual weaknesses in reading and self-esteem . Specifically, we are looking at how targeted reading training, transcranial direct current stimulation, and self-esteem training can boost the academic achievement and emotional health of children and adults with poor reading. This research provides much needed theoretical insights into the complex causal relations between reading, memory, and self-esteem. We are also in a unique position to immediately translate successful outcomes into practice via the Macquarie University Cognition Clinic for Reading. Removing the heavy burden of reading failure and low self-esteem from Australian children will enable them to engage socially and (later) economically in society; to make well-informed decisions about health; and to participate fully in a highly literate society that depends primarily on text to convey social and intellectual information.

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