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Overview

I completed my PhD in Experimental and Applied Psychology (focus in cognitive neuroscience) at the University of Regina in Canada in 2017. I also worked as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Regina and Campion College intermittently from 2013-2018, and as Special Projects Administrator for the University of Regina President's Office from 2015-2018.

In September 2018 I joined UWS as a Lecturer in Psychology.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on functional laterality of the human brain, with particular emphasis on visuospatial attention and emotion. I am especially interested in how individual differences in laterality can influence the way we perceive and interact with our environments, creating differing behavioural asymmetries. These behavioural asymmetries can be expressed in any number of situations, including the greater display of (and attention to) emotion on one side of the face, the tendency to collide into more objects on one side of space when completing a navigational task, and the preference for certain attributes (e.g., brightness, beauty, emotional content) to be positioned on particular sides of paintings and advertisements.

Current research activities

Some of the current papers and projects I am working on include:

  • How visuospatial and emotional information is presented in comic book covers, and how this relates to known asymmetries in brain functions;
  • How participant’s perceptions of artwork can be predicted by their individual patterns of visuospatial attention;
  • Where certain artistic elements are placed within paintings, and how this relates to known lateralised functions of the human brain;
  • How well people with different levels of emotional intelligence can suppress irrelevant emotional information in order to make a decision;
  • How experiencing stress (as indicated by heart rate, blood pressure, salivary cortisol levels, and self-report) while witnessing a crime affects participants’ ability to later identify the perpetrator and bystanders;
  • Whether, and how, behavioural asymmetries in navigation relate to asymmetries in visuospatial attention.

 

Desired research direction

I want to take what we know about neurocognition and laterality and apply it to help solve real world challenges. I am especially interested in left-right differences in visuospatial attention and facial emotion. Research in these areas can be applied to improve the way we wayfind or navigate our environments, or to enhance social communication. I am also interested in visuospatial attention and emotion in neurodiversity (e.g., autism, ADHD) and in neurodegenerative conditions (e.g., dementias).

Target collaborative organisations

I would like to collaborate with ASD-related organistations to explore laterality, emotion abilities and visuospatial processing over the lifespan.

I would also be interested in collaborating with art galleries or other creative agencies that have an interest in incorporating neuropsychology into their work. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Salivary ensyme immunoassay for certain sex and stress hormones -- examining how circulating hormone concentrations relate to human behaviour.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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