Schae Matthews

I am investigating the effects of physical fatigue on spatial attention. Past research has shown that mental fatigue results in a rightward shift in spatial attention. Thus, we have hypothesised that physically induced fatigue will produce the same rightward shift in spatial attention, and therefore one will neglect their left field of attention.

Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher and A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt (School of Health Sciences)

Went on to do a Clinical Master's in Psychology.

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Georgia Rejack

I am investigating the role of depressive disorders and other psychosocial factors in the aetiology of Cardiovascular Disease.  I am interested in how psychological and biological systems interact and effect health.  I am conducting this research at SAHMRI with the assistance of Dr. Hannah Keage.

Supervisors: Dr. Hannah Keage, Prof. Stephen Nicholls and Dr. Alex Brown

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Jim Saredakis

I am examining associations between cerebrovascular function and cognitive performance in people with Parkinson’s disease. Previous research has indicated that non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease including cognitive impairment can have a greater impact on quality of life than the more commonly known motor symptoms. I am interested in learning about mechanisms that lead to cognitive impairment and dementia in Parkinson’s disease.

Supervisor: Dr Hannah Keage in collaboration with Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino (University of Adelaide).

Will do a PhD in our lab.

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Tara Alcorn

I am investigating how resting electroencephalography (EEG) mediates the relationship between cardiovascular health and cognitive performance in older adults.

Supervisor: Dr Hannah Keage

Output: Alcorn T, Hart E, Smith AE, Feuerriegel D, Stephan BCM, Siervo M, Keage HAD. Cross-sectional associations between metabolic syndrome and performance across cognitive domains: A systematic review. (in Press). Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2017.1363039

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Elly Gannon

The study I am currently conducting looks at the effects of physical fatigue on spatial attention. The study is also testing whether physical fatigue, due to exercise, will cause a narrowing of attention, or a “tunnel vision” in participants.

Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher and A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt (School of Health Sciences)

Output: Gannon E, Parfitt G, Coussens S, Leggett N, Loetscher T: The effect of physical fatigue on spatial attention. Poster presentation at the 7th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference in Adelaide 2017.

Went on to do a Clinical Master's in Psychology

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Megan Grech

I am working with stroke patient data at Guide Dogs SA/NT.  I am investigating the sensitivity of different neuropsychological tests to predict spatial neglect behaviour, a common consequence of stroke.

Supervisor: Dr Tobias Loetscher

Output: Grech M, Stuart T, William L, Chen C, Loetscher T (2017). The Mobility Assessment Course (MAC) for the Diagnosis of Spatial Neglect: Taking a Step forward? Frontiers in Neurology: 8:563. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00563

Went on to do a Clinical Master's in Psychology

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Anne Macnamara

I am currently researching how people process small and large magnitudes – specifically, how they spatially map risk judgements. My research involves measuring risk associations from both an objective and subjective perspective.

Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Tobias Loetscher

Output: Macnamara A, Keage HAD, Loetscher T (in Press). Mapping of Non-Numerical Domains on Space: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Experimental Brain Research. doi: 10.1007/s00221-017-5154-6

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Felicity-Eve Pearce

My current research involves investigating evidence of Cognitive Reserve in resting state electroencephalography (EEG). While Cognitive reserve is applicable to a wide variety of cognitive impairments, my specific research is looking for evidence of cognitive reserve within resting state EEG’s of the elderly population. 

Supervisor: Dr Hannah Keage

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Emily Rosenich

I am investigating the role of reading direction in shaping visuo-spatial perception and numerical representation. More specifically, I am interested in the flexibility of these systems, and whether long-term ‘spatial biases’ proposed to partly derive from continual use and/or exposure to a particular reading-writing direction, can change in response to brief exposure to mirror-reversed text.

Supervisor: Dr Tobias Loetscher

Output: Rosenich E, Shaki S, Loetscher T: Mirror-reading changes perception of space. Poster presentation at the 7th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference in Adelaide 2017.

Went on to do a PhD.

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