Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory investigates the relationships between the brain, behaviour and cognition. We share skills in electroencephalography and transcranial doppler recording and apply these physiological measures of brain activity to investigate questions about the nature of cognition in health and in a range of clinical conditions.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in being part of the lab as a participant (see our Current Research page), as a student (see our course in Cognitive Neuroscience page and the information about Lab placements in BEHL 3020 and summer scholarships) or as a researcher (email us via the contacts page if you are interested in doing an internship, PhD or post-doc with us). From time-to-time we also have opportunities for casual research assistant and tutoring work, for individuals experienced in EEG, TCD or psychometric testing.

Latest News


Brain Awareness Week
March 10th -14th  

UniSA Cognitive Neuroscience

Logo - Competition

You are invited to create your own logo for the new Cognitive Neuroscience Lab!  Be creative, and use whatever colours and forms you can come up with. The best proposal will be selected on Friday, the 14th of March as part of Brain Awareness Week celebrations. The winning entry will be used for the lab logo and printed onto official lab clothing. The winner will receive a free shirt printed with their design.  Drop your logo by the Lab (H1-04) or just send it  by email to

We are looking forward to your entries!


The new undergraduate degree in Psychological Sciences (Cognitive Neuroscience) being offered for the first time here at The University of South Australia has made the UniSA news. Follow the link below to find out more.

 Daniel (PhD candidate in vision) is exhibiting a sound installation as part of the 2014 GRID Festival. The festival aims to generate critical discussion and enthusiasm for new South Australian art, artists and ideas, including creative, brave and risk-taking new works. My work is based on research in the lab, incorporating concepts of neural adaptation, plasticity and pareidolia.


Event page:


Located at the Coffee Pot, near the corner of Rundle Mall and James Place


The Coffee Pot
Level 1, 27 Rundle Mall
Cnr James Pl


Artist profile:

Neuroscience research to make you :-)

New research from the lab shows how smiley face emoticons are processed in the brain. You can read the original paper here. Dr. Churches has written a piece for The Conversation about the findings which you can read here. There are also a bunch of news articles about the research including pieces by the ABCThe Smithsonian MagazineThe TelegraphThe Independent and The Daily Mail. Plus there are some great online sites talking about the findings like Motherboardio9 and great videos at One Minute News and DNews.

It's started!!  The work on the new lab space started today, and we are all very excited.  We will update our Gallery page with photos

The lab is grateful for the support of the Division for awarding Mark (sleep and emotional memory) and Hannah (neurovascular coupling) Research Performance Awards to support pilot studies in 2014.  [06/12/2013]

 A special congratulations goes to Daniel Feuerriegel who won the APS prize for the top UniSA Psychology Honours student.

Hannah is now featured on the STEM website - have a look and get involved.

Are you a high achieving undergraduate student and interested in cognitive neuroscience research?  Apply for a Vacation Scholarship!  Due 4 November.  These are for internal (UniSA) students however we may be able to set something similar up for external (non-UniSA) students - just contact Dr Hannah Keage.

We are delighted to appear in the Brain Foundation's latest newsletter, Brain Waves.
Hannah's YouTube debut.

Please help us fundraise for the SA Alzheimer's Association for their Bring it to the Table campaign.

The new Bachelor of Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience)!
The University of South Australia will be starting a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) in 2014.  The laboratory team have been instrumental in getting this up and running, and we are excited to meet the first cohort of future cognitive neuroscientists next year.  With the program, we will also expand the lab in terms of space and equipment, so stay tunned for some exciting developments!

Lovely to hear that two previous laboratory interns - Scott E and Mireille - bumped into each other at the recent Dutch Endo-Neuro-Psycho Meeting.  It's a small academic world...

Australian Experimental Psychology Conference

The lab was well represented at the Experimental Psychology Conference, held in April 2013 in Adelaide. Drs Keage, Kohler and Churches presented work from the lab; and the infant TCD team presented a poster. It was also great to see Laura (McLaughlin) there!

CNLab in the news

A paper published by CNLab members last year is still making news headlines. This article in UniSA News includes a review of the study and an interview with former UniSA post-doc and lead author on the study, Dr. Owen Churches.

Dr. Churches has also written this article for The Conversation about the paper.

Dr Keage was also interviewed for a story on Alzforum.

Congratulations to Rocco Luppino, who was accepted in to the UniSA Clinical Masters program.  Rocco was a 3rd year research placement student.  During his placement he presented at a conference, and was an author on a peer-reviewed paper.  Well done Rocco!


November 2012: Dr. Hannah Keage has won a $228,816.73 grant from the NHMRC for her study titled "TDP-43 in the population in relation to dementia: relationships with clinical symptomatology and other key neuropathologies". The study will run in Adelaide, Australia and Cambridge, UK over the next two years.

2012/13 Summer Scholars
Congratulations to Laura McLaughlin Engfors and Daniel Feuerriegel who have won University wide scholarships to work with Dr. Owen Churches.
Congratulations to Amanda Santamaria and Mallory Rawlings who have won Division of EAS summer scholarships to work with Dr. Mark Kohler. 
Congratulations to Jessica Hofmann, who has just finished her 2nd year at the University of Adelaide, and is one of the first recipients of a UniSA External Summer Scholarship.  She will be supervised by Dr. Hannah Keage.
We welcome all the Summer Scholars to the lab! 

Dr. Hannah Keage named a Tall Poppy
August 2012: For her contributions to science and science communication in South Australia, Dr. Hannah Keage has been named a Tall Poppy by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

This achievement has been written up in the Eastern Courier Messenger. More information about the Tall Poppy Campaign is available here.

Rachael's study profiled in the Advertiser!!!
Rachael Spooner, a PhD student in the lab, had her study profiled in the Advertiser on Sunday 27 January 2013.  

Dr Nic Badcock visit

We all enjoyed catching-up with Nic last week (2-3 April) and learning more about DopOssci

More Success for Laura 

Following her prize winning honours thesis, Laura McLaughlin Engfors has won a scholarship to study for a PhD at the University of Western Australia where she will continue her research into face perception with the renouned face perception researcher A/Prof. Romina Palermo at the Person & Emotion Perception Lab.
 Honours Student Wins APS Prize

December 2012: Congratulations to Laura McLaughlin Engfors on winning the Australian Psychological Society Prize for the top honours student at UniSA. Laura wrote her thesis on face perception and empathy and was studying with Dr. Owen Churches.

Happy birthday to the laboratory!!! The lab turned 1 year old on 7 December 2012.

 The Chancellor's Circle
November 2012: Dr. Mark Kohler presented work from the CNLab to guests of the Chancellor Dr Ian Gould. You can read about the presentation here.

Divisional grant success
November 2012: Drs. Keage, Kohler and Churches have again won two internal grants worth $30,000 to split between the EEG and TCD arms of research in the CNLab. 

How do you pose in your profile picture?
Academics around the world are checking their profile pictures to see if they portray themselves accurately as scientists or arts academics after research from the CNL and the Brain and Cognition Laboratory at Flinders University has shown that the pose taken in an academic's profile picture predicts their academic discipline. Click here for the full paper and to leave a comment.

Several great discussions of this paper have been published in newspapers around the world including the Times Higher Education Supplement, The British Psychological Society Research Digest, Science News, Chemical and Engineering News, Research Design Connections, Discover Magazine and The Independent. It was also selected in the crop of new research by the Library of the LSE. And, the Einstein a Go Go program on RRR Radio in Melbourne has discussed the implications of the research. You can listen to the podcast here (the discussion starts at 4:20). Dr. Churches has also written a discussion piece explaining the findings for the Body in Mind Blog.