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 currently working out of both Uni SA and Flinders University. My research interests include the lateralisation of attention, approach/avoidance motivational systems and linked-gaze paradigms. I am also very interested in psychological science as a whole, specifically, how psychological research might improve the replicability and reproducability of findings within the field, via changes in methodological and analytical procedures.
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.
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
CAIN is always looking for bright and enthusiastic Honours, Master and PhD students! We are happy to talk about your ideas, especially if they are related to cognitive ageing, dementia, stroke, brain training and virtual reality. Some of our research questions for new projects include:
What are the effects of cardiovascular surgeries on cognitive functioning?
How can we discriminate Mild Cognitive Impairment from normal cognitive ageing?
How well do skills learned in virtual reality translate to the real world?
How are we judging risks of everyday activities?
How does physical exhaustion affect cognition?
How can we improve the assessment of spatial neglect?
How does driving affect our ability to process peripheral signals?
How do people living with dementia see the world?
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to meet and discuss possible projects! See www.cain.science/alumni for an overview on what our previous students have been working on.
Summer Scholars and Interns
We often have opportunities to be involved in our ongoing research projects. Please contact us if you are interested in gaining research experience in our lab.
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 am a fourth year Psychology (Honours) student and in the midst of completing a Summer Vacation Research Scholarship with CAIN. I am highly passionate about reducing stigma and raising awareness of psychological and neurological conditions through education. This summer, I was involved in the development of South Australia’s first dementia friendly school program, ‘Forget Me Not’. I anticipate to evaluate the effectiveness of this program as part of my Honours project in 2018.
I am about to begin my Honours year of Cognitive Neuroscience and am currently completing a Vacation Research Scholarship. I am involved in the planning of an intergenerational dementia project, titled ‘Forget Me Not’. I will continue working on this project throughout 2018 for my Honours project.
I am a third year Psychology and Neuroscience student at the University of Adelaide, and an intern for CAIN. I am currently working on a project that investigates the relationship between cerebral blood flow and cognitive function, in Parkinson’s disease patients.
I am a third year Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience) student at UniSA currently tutoring neuroanatomy and interning for CAIN. My passions are neuroanatomy, neurological disease and improving quality of life for those with impairments in these areas such as Parkinson's disease and Motor neurone disease. I will be the second reviewer in the systematic review for PhD student Danielle's project on reducing future dementia risk in older adults undergoing elective cardiovascular surgery
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 have just completed my Bachelor degree in Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) and are doing a vacation research scholarship with CAIN, in order to gain some research experience before starting Honours. The Project we are working on is examining the relationship between blood flow and memory function in people with Parkinson’s disease.
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.