Why study neuroscience at La Trobe?

'Well above world standard'

Our research in psychology and cognitive sciences is top-rated nationally and rated 'well above world standard'.

Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018

Practical experience

Put theory into practice with professional placements in Australia and overseas.

Find out more about La Trobe's work-integrated learning and placements

Top 300 globally

We’re ranked in the world’s top 300 for psychology.

ShanghaiRanking, 2023, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023: Psychology

Meet some of our researchers

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Dr Riddell's research focuses on the neurobiology of brain function associated with vision.

Primarily, her research aims to understand the biological origins of short-sightedness, and to develop interventions to limits its progression. This area of research provides an excellent model to study the basic biology of vision and the impact of environmental stressors on neural tissues. Dr Riddell also investigates neurological disorders such as migraine and multiple sclerosis.

Dr Riddell is a passionate teacher. She is involved extensively in delivering undergraduate neuroscience subjects and supervising honours and post-graduate neuroscience research students.

Contact Dr Riddell to discuss research opportunities in this field: N.Riddell@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Riddell
La Trobe University

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Dr Lindell's research focusses on laterality, examining how asymmetries of the brain and body influence perception and performance.

Her work examines a broad range of cognitive processes in both human and non-human primates, from differences in left and right hemisphere language processing to asymmetries in the expression and perception of facial emotion. She has published research investigating the links between atypical lateralisation and susceptibility to psychological disorders, including schizophrenia and autism, and is exploring the role of laterality in the stress response in both clinical and healthy populations. Her work has found both costs and benefits of atypical lateralisation, with reduced lateralisation linked to both heightened creativity and increased criminality.

Finally, Dr Lindell's work in neuroaesthetics examines how we depict ourselves in painted and photographic portraits, exploring how the typically-adopted 'Mona Lisa' pose favouring the left cheek influences perceptions of the sitter.

Contact Dr Lindell to discuss research opportunities in this field: A.Lindell@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Lindell
La Trobe University

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Dr Chouinard is a vision neuroscientist examining the mechanisms of size and weight perception, having published research papers on these topics in healthy and clinical populations, as well as in children and adults. He also examines form and orientation perception, how vision is used in action, and subconscious processing. His research integrates visual psychophysics, the recording of forces during object lifting, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), eye-tracking, skin conductance, and virtual reality.

Contact Dr Chouinard to discuss research opportunities in this field: p.chouinard@latrobe.edu.au

Philippe Chouinard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
La Trobe University

Career opportunities in neuroscience

Career pathways

Studying neuroscience builds transferable skills in communication, analytical thinking and problem solving to prepare you for a range of careers.

Possible roles include:

  • Machine learning programmer
  • Neuroimaging technician
  • Behavioural researcher
  • Drug researcher and developer
  • Genetic counsellor
  • Mental health advocate

Future employers

Potential employers of neuroscience graduates include:

  • The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Global health organisations
  • Imaging clinics
  • Neurotechnology companies

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