Our Research

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

The vision for MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is to optimise human interaction and wellbeing across the lifespan. We strive to solve the problems that matter most through the themes sensing and perceiving, interacting with each other, and technologies for humans.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Institute’s research brings together staff and students from all 3 clusters including the disciplines 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 a University Research Institute. MARCS is home to more than 69 academic researchers, 15 administrative and technical support staff, 30 part-time research assistants, and more than 60 Psychology Honours, MRes, MPhil and 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: