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Zachariah Cross

Sch Psych Soc Work & Soc Pol

Telephone: 8302 4375


About me

I am a PhD student working jointly within the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and Centre for Sleep Research, supervised by Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Dr Mark Kohler and Professor Mary Carskadon. My PhD research is focussed on the neurophysiological correlates of sleep and language learning. Using a modified miniature language modelled on Mandarin Chinese, I will be testing the hypothesis that sentence comprehension draws upon neural networks (namely the ventral and dorsal streams) that are intrinsic to information processing, and examining whether sleep differentially modulates the hierarchical information processing mechanisms undertaken by the dual language streams. More broadly, my research interests reside within neurobiology and the relevant research methodologies and statistical techniques necessary to answer questions within this domain.


BPsych(Hons) Thesis: The Role of Attention in Sleep-Dependent Emotional Memory Consolidation

Ph.D Thesis: The Neural Dynamics Underlying the Role of Sleep in Language Learning


Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Australasian Neuroscience Society

Society for the Neurobiology of Language

Australian Linguistic Society

Australasian Sleep Association