Cognitive Neuroscience Unit

As part of the School of Psychology, the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU) uses cutting-edge human neuroscience techniques to investigate the relationship between brain function, behavior, and cognition among healthy and clinical populations. There are currently 25 staff and students working within the CNU.

We employ a range of modern neuroscience techniques at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, including:

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Eye tracking
  • Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
  • Gait analysis walkway

We also conduct neuroimaging research (eg fMRI, PET) at nearby facilities. 

If you are interested in taking part in any of our studies, please contact Ms. Charlotte Davies ( 

There are numerous opportunities for students to conduct fourth year and postgraduate research within the CNU. If you would like to discuss these opportunities, please contact Associate Prof Peter Enticott or Dr Alan Pearce.

2015 4th Year Student Projects

If you are completing 4th year in 2015 and would like to conduct a research project within the CNU, please click here for a list of possible projects. Feel free to contact potential supervisors if you have any questions about their projects.

In the spotlight - Dr Alan Pearce

Alan PearceDr. Alan Pearce is a senior researcher within the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit in the School of Psychology. Having published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, his main work focuses on quantifying neuroplastic changes in the brain and spinal cord with cognitive and motor learning, exercise training and pain in healthy people and individuals with neurological and neurocognitive pathology.

What he's working on at the moment:

  • using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to understand working memory, declarative memory and procedural memory using transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • cortical excitability with dual tasking and dual task training
  • using rTMS and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for pain relief in people with chronic pain syndromes.

Dr Pearce's work was recently featured in the media:

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