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People in the Action and Cognition @ Trent (ACT) Lab:

Graduate Students

KB Karolina Beben, B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology (York). I am completing an M.Sc. in Psychology at Trent University. My current research looks at the possible influence of visual-tactile bimodal cells on near-hand effects. We will be attempting to influence these neurons by applying transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to brain areas known to house these particular cells, such as the ventral premotor cortex (vPMC).






SCSean Carlin, B.A. (Hons) Clinical Psychology (Bishops). I am currently in the first year of my M.Sc. in Psychology at Trent University. While at Bishop’s I completed a practicum which involved one-on-one support and mentoring of a thirteen-year-old boy with dysphasia and dyspraxia. My honours thesis dealt with priming students by means of evaluative letters to either increase or decrease their performance on an intelligence test. During the summer of 2011, I returned to my hometown of Montreal where I worked under Dr. Kris Onishi as a research assistant in McGill’s Infant Development Centre. I also began the pastime of interviewing and reviewing albums of recording artists. My primary research interests involve studying how learned information is shared by the sensory and motor systems and how hand position may influence the allocation of attention to influence the perception of nearby space and objects. My thesis investigates the neural mechanism underlying near-hand benefits and the possible overlap with visual-spatial attention.


Chris Bedore

Christopher Bedore, B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology (Trent). I am currently completing the first year of my Master’s degree in Neuroscience at Trent University. Currently, my co-supervisors (Dr. Liana Brown and Dr. Hugo Lehmann) and I are working on transferring several lab based visuomotor tasks onto a portable tablet. It is our hope that we can successfully program the tasks onto the tablet, which would allow trainers and athletic therapists to use the visuomotor tasks to test for potential concussions. My thesis investigates the impact of concussions on the visuomotor system, and how the use of tasks assessing visuomotor processes may be used to diagnose concussions in athletes who have sustained head trauma.





Undergraduate Thesis Students (2012-2013)

FarooqFarooq Kamal (4th Year Psychology, Trent Oshawa)

What are we doing in the lab? Same thing we always do, try and take over the world. - Sir Brain  (from Pinky and the Brain)

My study involves looking at near hand effects to food items in contrast to non-food items and, in an abstract sense, can be understood as looking at how we perceive multisensory features of food or “taste” food items by merely having our hand near the food item. I will be spending my summer as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.




CariLMCarina La Mantia (4th Year Psychology)






RitaMMargarita Maltseva (4th Year Psychology): Rita is a fourth year Honours student currently completing her undergraduate thesis in Dr. Brown's Action and Cognition Lab. Her main research goal is to understand what kind of model (novice or expert model) can better teach observers of varying skill level in an observational motor learning task. She will continue her academic career as a Masters student of psychology at Western University in Dr. Jody Culham's lab. 






Practicum Students (Winter 2013)

calliCalli Lorente (2nd Year Psychology) My name is Calli Lorente I am a psychology major at Trent University Peterborough. I am doing my practicum with Professor Liana Brown studying the effect vibratory stimulation has on sensorimotor tasks, such as reaching.






RaeBRae Briard (3rd Year Psychology/Con-Ed): Rachel is in her third year at Trent. She is majoring in psychology and is also in the Trent-Queen's Concurrent Education program. Currently she is assisting Carina in her study regarding how near hand-effects may differ for the right and left hands.








L-R: Davood Gozli, Liana Brown, Jessica Taylor, Andrew Mahon, Matt Marlin, Amy McLeod, Daphne Ling, and Jeryn Daly



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