Student Award Winners

2001 Tursky Award Winners

Lana Depatie

I have been attending McGill University where I graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in Psychology. Subsequently, I began graduate studies in the department of Psychiatry. My Master's project was an investigation of the effect of nicotine on different attentional and oculomotor functions in schizophrenia under the supervision of Dr. Samarthji Lal and Dr. Gillian O'Driscoll. Data from this study were presented at the 2001 meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in a poster entitled, "Nicotine Improves Attention and Eye Movement Performance in Schizophrenia," for which I received the Tursky Award. I graduated with Honour's in the fall 2001 and I am presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Gillian O'Driscoll. My current projects include an investigation of the pharmaco-genetics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as the genetics of markers of risk for schizophrenia in collaboration with Dr. Ridha Joober. For more information please visit my personal web page at:

Randy Lynn Newman

Hi! My name is Randy Lynn Newman. I grew up in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and completed my BSc at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. I returned to Nova Scotia to complete my MSc in Experimental Psychology at Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. John Connolly. Currently, I'm in my second year (one more to go!) of my PhD in Psychology/Neuroscience at Dalhousie under the supervision of Dr.Connolly.

My main interests lie in delineating the neural correlates of reading and speech processing in children; with particular emphasis being devoted to children with reading disabilities. Although I have concentrated on using ERPs as a means of studying linguistic processing, I have also had the opportunity to learn and apply fMRI methodology.

After completing my PhD (hopefully, in the fall of 2003!), I would like to do a post-doc in a lab where I can gain further experience in fMRI.

If you would like to learn more about our lab check out the following web site

To view Randy's award winning poster, CLICK HERE.

Jing Tian Wang

My name is Jing Tian Wang, a third-year Ph.D Killam graduate student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

My crucial interest is to examine the neural correlates of prosodic and phonological processes in English/Chinese language comprehension as well as their functions in memory processing using ERPs and fMRI. I have been mainly utilizing the technique of event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to examine the contributions of phonological attributes (onsets and rimes) and word prosody (tones in Chinese vs. stress in English) to Chinese/English speech and reading comprehension. The purpose of this research is in attempts to incorporate a better understanding of the functions of prosodic and phonological processes in language processing, their roles in working memory during language comprehension, as well as to shed some light on language universal mechanisms. As a consequence, the findings of language studies alluded to above have led me to take an extra interest in some issues related to dyslexia. My other interest is to examine the neural substrates subserving episodic memory with ERPs and fMRI techniques. I have been primarily using ERP technique to determine the role of semantic analysis in word/face episodic memory as well as to examine the nature of semantic systems for verbal and nonverbal memory. Additionally, my medical education background (M.D. degree obtained in 1997) draws my great attention and interest to the clinical application of evoked potentials (EPs) and event-related brain potentials (ERPs), in particular, using short latency EPs to monitor the function of central nervous system of comatose patients and applying modified neuropsychological tests to assess higher level brain functions (language and memory) in patients with stroke, head trauma, and other central nervous system pathologies. At present, I have been working on the adaptation of Warrington Recognition Memory tests for computer presentation and ERP recordings, as well as a comprehensive review on clinical and electrophysiologic tests as early prognosis of outcome from coma.

You can find my 2001 SPR poster on my lab web page at

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2001 Student Poster Award Winners

Ragnar Preut

My name is Ragnar Preut and I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Trier in Germany. The department of Prof. Hellhammer is working on psychological and biological mechanisms of interindividual differences in stress vulnerability and stress protection. Its special focus is the activity of the HPA axis. My own interest is the preventive medicine by psychobiological means. I am working in a project led by Dr. Brody about the influence of ascorbic acid on the stress reaction. The poster I presented at the SPR meeting deals with a method which might help to identify persons at risk for developing hypertension.

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Alicia E. Meuret

I received my Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1999 from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. I am currently conducting my doctoral research project at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Together with my supervisor, Dr. Walton T. Roth and my colleagues Dr. Frank Wilhelm and Dr. Thomas Ritz, I am investigating psychophysiological mechanisms in anxiety disorders and asthma with a view to applying the findings to develop and evaluate new treatment approaches. My fundamental interest lies in the respiratory and autonomic regulation of these disorders, which we assess through ambulatory monitoring of mood, symptoms, activity, respiration, and cardiovascular function. I have devised breathing training methods in which patients receive feedback of end-tidal CO2 levels and respiratory rate in order to teach them how to normalize dysfunctional respiratory patterns such as hypocapnic hyperventilation. Patients learn how to transfer their newly acquired skills and behaviors to everyday life situations.

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Jeroen J. Stekelenburg

Jeroen Stekelenburg received his Masters degree in psychonomics in 1995 at the university of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The last five years were spent on his PhD project at Tilburg University. He will defend his thesis at 4 June. His project is about (facial) motor activity during voluntary and involuntary attention to auditory stimuli. It was questioned which changes can be observed in the motor system and in brain activity when subjects are confronted with unexpected novel stimuli. His research interests lie in the broad area of psychophysiology, but currently focus on cross-modal integration.

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