Hello science fans. My name is Christian and I’m a PhD student in the Neuroscience program here at UWO. I did a BSc. in Psych and an MA in the same just up the road at the University of Guelph. In the past I have done some research on spatial skills and sensorimotor synchronization (which I have some papers on) as well as the impacts of childhood trauma on executive function later in life (currently under review). These days I am focusing my energies on the development of arithmetic skills, and am currently conducting a study on how the brains of children and adults respond to mathematical training. This involves MRI and EEG work, which I very much enjoy. For this research I am developping a Customized Arithmetic Training (CAT) program, which allows for the comparison of people with different arithmetic skill levels to be compared. Meow.
When I’m not in the lab you can find me programming computers (Python, Java, R, MATLAB, you name it, I code it) or playing drums in my band, Tea & Coffee. When I’m not doing that, I am probably riding around town on my longboard or climbing a rock somewhere (in these cases I am much harder to find).
I am also the only cyborg currently working in the Numerical Cognition Lab. This means I have an Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator, which protects me from a heart defect that I have, and allows me to maintain the busy life that I enjoy.