Our psychology projects explore environmental impacts on behaviour, cognitive functioning and mental state.


Explore exciting possibilities to work with world leaders in the field of neuroscience. With access to leading technology available through the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Human Nature

What factors determine and influence our human nature? Find out about our exciting research focusing on evolutionary psychology and social neuroscience.


Explore the exciting new field of epigenetics. How do our past experience and the environment we live in shape who we are? We explore this using cutting edge techniques in behavioural molecular genetics.


Bionics research into the development of devices for treatment of epilepsy and hearing disorders use the latest tools and multidisciplinary approaches from computer science to psychology.

Artificial Intelligence

Towards a new nature.  Explore how psychology is playing a role in the development of artificial intelligence and how it will help shape societies in the 21st century and beyond.

Social Science

Explore how different societies have develop depending on features inherit in their culture including practices, beliefs and rituals.

Clinical Research

Explore the new generation technology available at ISN to conduct effective research to establish efficacy of treatments for clinical practice or basic research in psychology.

Evolutionary Psychology

Explore the biological, sensory and belief structures that help bind our behaviour to broad cultural groups and co-operative alliances. Explore how environmental and behavioural adaptations influence history.

Research Funding

As ISN invests a percentage of its profits back into research, Honours and Master Level students have access to well-funded research placements.

We have a range of projects run by ISN academics and we also collaborate with other researchers in the industry.

Research Funding

Postgraduate Research

Our students are able to engage in research with world-leading professionals. Funding may be provided for research that is consistent with ISN’s vision.

This may include PhD studies in collaboration with external organisations, as we are growing the research program to include joint work with a broad range of medical facilities, hospitals and other education providers.

These partnerships provide opportunities to collaborate on research projects in a student’s fields of interest, or to undertake clinical placement positions in hospitals, other institutes and international bodies.

Research Workshop Retreats

Honours and Master Level students will also have the opportunity to engage in a research workshop retreat which typically run at least once a year at various conference centres around Melbourne and Victoria. There will be no charge to students for this workshop. This once a year retreat will provide students the opportunity to critically assess research in an environment that promotes mindfulness and covers resilience and life coaching.


One area of research focus for ISN is to examine how the environment interacts with our genes to affect our behaviour. For example, mild food restriction has been found to have beneficial effects for psychological and physical health.

ISN is seeking to reproduce these benefits without the need to restrict food, using such methods as pheromones and direct epigenetic manipulation. Early results show potential for the treatment of disorders such as alcoholism and drug addiction, obesity, poor parental attachment, anxiety and depression.