Attention and memory

Attention, the ability to home in on salient information, and memory are key to learning and performance. They also mediate cognitive and behavioural treatments of many acquired, developmental and degenerative brain disorders, including traumatic brain injury, Fragile X, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, multiple sclerosis and Huntington's disease.

To gain a system-wide understanding of attention and memory, and related constructs such as consciousness and perception, the Attention and Memory program studies the brain's genetic and neurochemical make up, its networks and circuits, and every day human behaviour.

Collaborations with our clinical and industry partners ensure that our scientists are working on problems that are of direct relevance to society.

The Attention and Memory program hosts the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF). CIBF is a collaboration between teams at six Australian universities tackling the challenge of how the brain interacts with the world, including through attention and memory.