Our Research

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is an interdisciplinary research institute of Western Sydney University.

We strive to solve the problems that matter most through the themes: sensing and perceiving, interacting with each other, and technologies for humans.

Our Vision - To optimise human interaction and wellbeing across the lifespan

Researchers in MARCS come from many disciplines including cognitive science, developmental psychology, language science, music science, cognitive neuroscience, and biomedical, electrical, electronic and software engineering.

Established in 1999, MARCS was one of the first flagship research concentrations at Western Sydney University (WSU) and in 2012 was elevated to one of the four WSU Research Institutes. MARCS is home to more than 67 academic researchers, 15 administrative and technical support staff, 30 part-time research assistants, and 50 PhD students. MARCS has 11 specialist laboratories with equipment assets exceeding $5M, housed in an area of over 2000m2.

Our research is conducted through three interdisciplinary research programs: