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I was born in Frankston, near Melbourne, in 1939. After graduating from Bega High School in 1957, I went to the University of Sydney where I studied psychology and philosophy and went on to complete a PhD and become a lecturer in psychology. I then held academic positions at Monash University, the University of Waterloo, the University of Reading and the University of London before taking a position as Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University in 1987, and then moving from that position to be Director of the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre) from 2000 until 2008.

Macquarie University awarded me a DSc in 2001 and an Honorary LLD in 2010, and I was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Australia Day honours for services to children with learning difficulties. I'm  a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the British Academy.

I'm currently working on the cognitive neuropsychology and computational psychology of reading and also on several topics in cognitive neuropsychiatry, especially delusional belief. 

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Research Outputs

Evident absence, absent evidence: a comment on Rotgans et al. (2018)

Watsjold, B. & Coltheart, M., May 2019, In : Medical Education. 53, 5, p. 530 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Somatic delusions as motivated beliefs?

Coltheart, M. & Langdon, R., 1 Jan 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 53, 1, p. 83-84 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinion

1 Citation (Scopus)

A computational model of the self-teaching hypothesis based on the dual-route cascaded model of reading

Pritchard, S. C., Coltheart, M., Marinus, E. & Castles, A., Apr 2018, In : Cognitive Science. 42, 3, p. 722-770 49 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    Belief, delusion, hypnosis, and the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study

    Coltheart, M., Cox, R., Sowman, P., Morgan, H., Barnier, A., Langdon, R., Connaughton, E., Teichmann, L., Williams, N. & Polito, V., Apr 2018, In : Cortex. 101, p. 234-248 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Charles Bonnet syndrome: cortical hyperexcitability and visual hallucination

    Coltheart, M., 5 Nov 2018, In : Current Biology. 28, 21, p. R1253-R1254 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

  • Prizes

    Henry Guze Award for the Best Research Paper in Hypnosis

    Max Coltheart (Recipient), Paul Sowman (Recipient), Amanda Barnier (Recipient), Robyn Langdon (Recipient), Anna Teichmann (Recipient), Nikolas Williams (Recipient) & Vince Polito (Recipient), 2018