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Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

Most of CQUniversity’s research in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences is conducted by researchers in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences. The School has undergone a major transformation since 2011, and this has resulted in a substantial improvement in the volume, quality, and impact of the research outputs that are produced in this field of research. Outputs in this Field of Research covers the two-digit level for Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 17) and the four-digit levels for Psychology (FoR 1701) and Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 1799). The quality and impact of the University’s research outputs in these fields are demonstrated by the fact that: (i) approximately 60% of journal articles are published in journals ranked in the top 25% of their field based on impact factor, and (ii) more than 50% of the journal articles have a high relative citation index compared with the world benchmarks (i.e. > 2.0).

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In the 2018 ERA results, CQUniversity achieved a rating of 4 in Psychology (FoR 1701), which means that research in this field is rated above world standard; and also achieved the highest rating of 5 in both Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 17) and Other Psychology and Cognitive Services (FoR 1799), which means that research in these fields is rated well above world standard.

EI2018 – Case Study

Tools to Predict and Manage Shift Worker Fatigue in the Workplace

Fatigue in shift-workers is a well-known cause of accidents and dangerous behaviour in the workplace. In order to predict the likely timing and duration of sleep and wake in shift-workers, and thus the likely levels of fatigue, CQU researchers have developed an algorithm that organisations are using for the all-important activity of employee rostering. Using data to predict sleep patterns, this algorithm has been commercialised by Interdynamics Pty Ltd, a development company that has produced software to predict fatigue levels associated with shift-work. This product has been licensed to more than 350 organisations nationally and internationally, not only producing income of over $5million but also significantly improving safety in transport, mining and other shift-work industries.

More information about Professor Greg Roach

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