I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. My work primarily relates to cognitive change in late-life and dementia, vascular neuropsychology, the concept of cognitive reserve (individual differences in the ability to withstand damage to the brain), and fundamental processes such as repetition suppression and neurovascular coupling.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. My work investigates the neural mechanisms that control spatial attention in the healthy brain, and how these mechanisms are altered after brain damage. The long-term goal of my research is to develop effective treatments of attentional disorders such as spatial neglect.
I work across a wide variety of areas including electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) and behavioural studies. My main research focus is on sleep disorders in children, the associated effects on health and cognition and improving modes of treatment. I have a background in polysomnography and physiology.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a clinical psychologist. My research focuses on reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. I am is particularly interested in understanding cancer-related cognitive impairment and developing ways to reduce the problems in memory, attention and executive functioning experienced by many cancer survivors.
I am a Research Fellow in the UniSA Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research group in the School of Health Sciences and a CAIN affiliate. As an early career neurophysiologist my research vision is to reduce age-related disability in older adults through applying novel sustainable and enjoyable interventions and exploring the nexus between physical activity, brain function, and cognitive health. I have a strong interdisciplinary track record spanning the fields of neurophysiology, exercise physiology, and cognitive neuroscience. I am currently investigating the role of physical activity for brain health in older adults at risk of dementia.
I am a postdoctoral fellow. The main focus of my research is uncovering the neural mechanisms of healthy ageing and dementia. I utilize a variety of advanced computational methods including biophysical modeling and graph theory and analyse electroencephalogram (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) data. My current research projects are: (1) investigating the association of functional brain connectivity and cognitive reserve and (2) categorizing young and old resting-state functional brain networks.
I am a postdoctoral research associate responsible for developing CAIN’s eye-tracking and virtual reality research programme. My research spans several different projects, such as: examining eye movements in people that have cognitive impairments, using virtual reality to assess the transferability of real-world skills, and investigating the cognitive aftereffects of using virtual reality for extended periods of time. I also have an interest in the application of eye-tracking in virtual reality and developing new eye-tracking analysis software for complex environments.
My research centres around the association between spatial attention and fatigue in the healthy brain. Specifically, I will be investigating the neural mechanisms that lead to a shift in spatial attention as a result of mental fatigue and under which conditions this shift is evident, through employing prolonged cognitive tasks and conducting sleep restriction studies. I will also use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure alpha band activity as an index of mental fatigue and eye tracking devices to measure the direction of eye movement.
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher, Dr Siobhan Banks and Dr Hannah Keage
I have a broad interest in how we change both cognitively and physiologically throughout ageing. My research investigates how we could decrease future dementia risk in older adults undergoing elective cardiovascular surgery. Specifically I will be using cognitive training regimes to attempt to minimise the cognitive deficits caused by post-operative delirium (occurring in up to 50% of patients), as delirium greatly increases future dementia risk.
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Ashleigh Smith
Cognitive decline in older people has consequences that can influence quality of life, and decision making. Cognitive training may be able to compensate or prolong cognitive decline. What is currently lacking in research is whether cognitive training on specific tasks can improve daily living skills, or transfer to untrained cognitive abilities. I am interested in investigating forms of cognitive training that can transfer to improvements in real world outcomes or activities of daily living.
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher and Dr Hannah Keage
Over 12,000 patients undergo cardiovascular surgery in Australia every year, with older patients increasingly undergoing these procedures. There is limited current evidence suggesting that these patients are more vulnerable to cognitive decline. My research investigates the short and long-term cognitive effects of cardiovascular surgeries in the older population, and what biomarkers (gait speed, rate of eye-blinking and electroencephalogram/EEG power spectrum) predict response.
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Tobias Loetscher
I am interested in the link between nutrition and successful cognitive ageing. My research focuses on the Mediterranean diet, and its potential to improve cardiovascular health, protect cognitive function and reduce risk of dementia. To assess changes in cardiometabolic and cognitive function following adherence to a Mediterranean diet I will be conducting three randomised clinical dietary intervention trials at the Sansom Institute for Health Research, collaborating with CAIN and the UniSA Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).
Supervisors: Dr Karen Murphy and Dr Hannah Keage.
Honours & Master Students 2018
I am a fourth year psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) student and am undertaking my Honours within the CAIN Laboratory of the University of South Australia. My project will focus on the cerebrovascular function during cognition in patients with Parkinson's disease.
I am a fourth year Cognitive Neuroscience student undertaking my honours at CAIN. I will be investigating EEG predictors of post-operative delirium in patients undergoing one of two cardiac surgeries: coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)
I am a student in the Master of Clinical Psychology program at the University of South Australia and a Research Fellow at Flinders University. I have been working with people with dementia for many years across clinical and research contexts. I am interested in the health services available for people with dementia, especially those with young onset dementia or psychiatric comorbidities, as well as dementia epidemiology. I have a particular interest in the role of psychological trauma and its ongoing impacts in late life and after the onset of dementia.
I am currently completing the Honours year of my Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) within the CAIN group. This year, I will be working with Dr Keage and Dr Loetscher to investigate risk communication techniques and the role mental spatial mapping plays in the learning and understanding of risk information.
I am currently undertaking my Honours year within the CAIN and ARENA Research groups following completion of the Bachelor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience). For my Honours thesis I will be investigating the effects of acute aerobic exercise on prefrontal cortical connectivity (using TMS-EEG) and cognitive control in healthy young adults
I am a fourth year Cognitive Neuroscience (Honours) student. For my Honours thesis I will be looking at the effects of an intergenerational dementia program, titled ‘Forget Me Not’. Specifically, I will be assessing changes in knowledge about and attitudes towards dementia, in Year 4/5 students
I am a fourth year Psychology student undertaking my Honours year with CAIN. This year, I will be continuing with my work from my Summer Vacation Scholarship and will be evaluating the effectiveness of South Australia’s first intergenerational dementia program, ‘Forget Me Not’. I will be focussing specifically on the program’s influence on quality of life in dementia patients.
I am a fourth year Psychology (Honours) student at UniSA. For my project I am excited to research how well skills learned in virtual reality can translate to the real world. My participants will be assessed on their skills playing table tennis. Through the use of virtual reality, each participant will undergo a series of table tennis training sessions. Then, we will reassess their performance in the real world.
I am a fourth year Psychology (Honours) student at UniSA. I have previously worked with CAIN during a Vacation Scholarship, conducting a scoping review to investigate what makes a 'Dementia Friendly Community'. My Honours research project is investigating dementia risk factor knowledge in the general Australian population and how/why this knowledge has been obtained. The aim of this research is to add to the current literature in measuring what knowledge Australian's hold regarding dementia risk factors and extending it by investigating how and why people develop their knowledge of dementia risk factors.
I am a fourth year Electrical Engineering (Honours) student at UniSA. In my project previously collected EEG data on an old-new memory task will be assessed to determine the particpants' functional connectivity. I will investigate whether measures of connectivity predict cognitive function of the elderly participants over time.
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I recently completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) during which I undertook a thesis that focused on motivated cognition in response to numerical data presented in mainstream online news articles. My interests span across a range of psychological areas including environmental psychology and neuropsychology, along with judgement and decision making. At the CAIN Lab I am involved in exploring the cognitive consequences of cardiovascular surgeries, with a particular focus on delirium prevalence rates following coronary artery bypass grafting
I recently completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and I am currently undertaking a Vacation Research Scholarship under the supervision of Dr Keage. My project is concerned with exploring the relationship between cognitive reserve and performance on an old-new memory task, as assessed using both behavioural (accuracy) and electrophysiological (EEG) measures. This project makes use of data previously collected by CAIN Lab alumna Louise Lavrencic.
I have taken on a voluntary role within the lab to assist in CAIN laboratory projects, where I specifically use psychophysiological and cognitive measures to assess ageing processes and neurological impairment. I have a passion for clinical research and using science to help improve quality of life; volunteering within the CAIN lab allows me to be an active participant in this process.
In addition to this role I also work as a sleep scientist, both research and clinical, and I am currently studying a Masters in Public Health.
I am a third year Psychology Honours student at UniSA and an intern for CAIN. I am currently investigating the relationship between blood flow in the brain and memory function of people with Parkinson's disease.