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Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room 216
Phone: (905) 525-9104 x20029
Email: cairnej@mcmaster.ca

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BA Hon. (Brock U), MA (Queen’s University), PhD (Western), Post Doc (Psychiatric Epidemiology, McMaster University)

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Sara King-Dowling
Yao-Chuen Li
Christine Rodriguez

   

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Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II)
Sensorimotor Control

Acting Associate Chair Grad Program (Jan. 1, 2017 to June 31, 2017)

Aimee Nelson

 

Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room 202
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. X28053
E-mail: nelsonaj@mcmaster.ca Website: http://mackin.mcmaster.ca/neuro/


Research

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The purpose of my research is to develop fundamental understanding of the cortical control of the human hand and upper limb. My research program is focused on the somatosensory contributions to motor control; human hand control is profoundly dependent on the integrity of somatosensory input that arises from touch and muscle receptors. Multiple cortical areas receive and process somatosensory input yet little is known about the role of these areas in the control of human hand movement. My research program is primarily focused on investigating the role of somatosensory loci in the control of hand movement in healthy and clinical populations. Students in my lab use a combination of neurophysiology techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

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*indicate undergraduate or graduate students in my lab

Lee KG*, Jacobs MF*, Asmussen MJ*, Zapallow CM*, Tommerdahl M, Nelson AJ. Continuous theta-burst stimulation modulates tactile synchronization. BMC Neurosci. 2013 Aug 23;14(1):89. PubMed Identifier: 23968301

Asmussen MJ*, Jacobs MF*, Lee KGH*, Zapallow CM*, Nelson AJ (2013). Short-latency afferent inhibition modulation during finger movement. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60496. PubMed Identifier: 23593228

Zapallow CM*, Jacobs MF*, Lee KGH*, Asmussen MJ*, Tsang P*, Nelson AJ (2013). Continuous theta-burst stimulation over primary somatosensory cortex modulates interhemispheric inhibition. NeuroReport, 24(7): 394-8. PubMed Identifier: 23568220

Zapallow CM*, Asmussen MJ*, Bolton DA, Lee KG*, Jacobs MF*, Nelson AJ (2012). Theta burst repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation attenuates somatosensory evoked potentials from the lower limb. BMC Neuroscience 13:133. PubMed Identifier: 23113936

Jacobs MF*, Zapallow CM*, Tsang P*, Lee KGH*, Asmussen MJ*, Nelson AJ (2012). Current direction specificity of continuous theta-burst stimulation in modulating human motor cortex excitability when applied to somatosensory cortex. NeuroReport 23(16):927-31. PubMed Identifier: 22955142

*Jacobs M, *Premji A, Nelson AJ. Plasticity-inducing TMS protocols to investigate somatosensory control of hand function. Neural Plasticity (2012):350574.

Nelson AJ, *Premji A, *Rai N, Hoque T, Tommerdahl M, Chen R. Dopamine alters tactile perception in Parkinson's disease. Can J Neurol Sci (2012), 39(1):52-7.

*Rai N, *Premji A, Tommerdahl M, Nelson AJ. Continuous theta-burst rTMS over primary somatosensory cortex modulates tactile perception on the hand. Clinical Neurophysiology (2012) 123(6):1226-33.

*Premji A, *Zapallow C, *Tsang P, *Tang R, *Jacobs M, Nelson AJ. Influence of area 5 on interhemispheric inhibition. Neuroreport (2011) Dec 21;22(18):974-8.

*Premji A, *Rai N, Nelson A. Area 5 influences excitability within the primary motor cortex in humans. PLoS One (2011);6(5):e20023.

Ni Z, Charab S, Gunraj C, Nelson AJ, Udupa K, Yeh IJ, Chen R. Transcranial magnetic stimulation in different current directions activates separate cortical circuits. Journal of Neurophysiology, (2011) 105(2):749-56.

*Premji A, *Ziluk A, Nelson AJ. Bilateral somatosensory evoked potentials following intermittent theta-burst repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. BMC Neuroscience, (2010) 11:91.

*Ziluk A, *Premji A, Nelson AJ. Functional connectivity from area 5 to primary motor cortex via paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuroscience Letters (2010) 484(1):81-85.

Nelson AJ, Hoque T, Gunraj CA, Ni Z, Chen R. Impaired Interhemispheric Inhibition in Writer’s Cramp. Neurology (2010) 75(5):441-447.

Nelson AJ, Blake D, Chen R. Digit-specific aberrations in the somatosensory cortex in Writer’s Cramp. Annals of Neurology, (2009) 66(2):146-54.

Nelson AJ, Hoque T, Gunraj C, Ni Z, Chen R. Bi-directional interhemispheric inhibition during unimanual sustained contractions. BMC Neuroscience (2009) 10:31.

Ni Z, Gunraj C, Nelson AJ, Yeh I, Castillo G, Hoque T, Chen R. Two phases of interhemispheric inhibition between motor related cortical areas and the primary motor cortex in human. Cerebral Cortex, (2009) 19(7):1654-65.

Nelson AJ, Chen R. Digit somatotopy within cortical areas of the postcentral gyrus in humans. Cerebral Cortex (2008) 18:2341-51.

Chen Y, Wang FN, Nelson AJ, Xu H, Kim Y, Rosen BR, Kwong KK . Electrical stimulation modulates the amphetamine-induced hemodynamic changes: an fMRI study to compare the effect of stimulating locations and frequencies on rats. Neuroscience Letters (2008) 444:117-21.


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Degree University Year
Postdoctual Fellow Toronto Western Research Institute 2005-07
Postdoctual Associate  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  2003-05
PhD  University of Toronto  2003
BSc  McMaster University  1997

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 MSc Hunter Fassett    
  Jenin El Sayes    
  Mitchell Savoie  
  Claudia Turco  
     
PhD Tea Lulic  
     

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KINESIOL 4CN3 Clinical Neurophysiology  


 

Assistant Professor

Jen Heisz

Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E206
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 21944
E-mail: heiszjj@mcmaster.ca
Lab: neurofitlab.ca

 

Research

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My research program examines the interplay between brain and body fitness in the promotion of health. I use brain imaging methods to explore how neural network dynamics are affected by physical exercise and cognitive interventions for young adults, healthy older adults, and older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).   A key question is whether cognitive-physical interventions target a particular cognitive ability or generalize to everyday functioning. This work leads to two important clinical applications: (1) to establish neural biomarkers as screening protocols for the early detection of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; and (2) to understand how lifestyle choices such as exercise can be used for disease prevention.

 

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Heisz, J.J., Gould, M., and McIntosh, A.R. (accepted). Age-related shift in neural complexity related to task performance and physical activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
 

Clark, I.B., Vandermorris, S., Heisz, J.J. (accepted). Physical fitness and sociocognitive engagement are associated with different aspects of cognition in older adults. Journal of American Geriatric Society.

Heisz, J.J., Vandermorris, S., Zhengbo, W., McIntosh, A.R., and Ryan, J.D. (accepted). Age-dependent differences in the association of physical activity, sociocognitive engagement, and TV viewing on face memory. Health Psychology.

 
Heisz, J.J., Pottruff, M.M., and Shore, D.I.  (in press). Females scan more than males: A potential mechanism for sex differences in face memory. Psychological Science.
 
Fenesi, B., Heisz, J.J., Savage, P., Shore, D.I., Kim, J.A. (in press). Combining best-practice and experimental approaches: Redundancy, images and misperceptions in multimedia learning. Journal of Experimental Education.
 
Heisz, J.J., and McIntosh, A.R. (in press). Applications of EEG neuroimaging data: Event-related potentials, spectral power, and multiscale entropy. Journal of Visualized Experiments.
 
Heisz, J.J., Shedden, J.M., and McIntosh, A.R. (2012). Relating brain signal variability to knowledge representation.  NeuroImage. 3, 1384-1392.
 
Heisz, J.J., and Ryan, J.D.  (2011).  The effects of prior exposure on face processing in younger and older adults.  Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 3:15. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2011.00015
 
Heisz, J.J., Hannah, S., Shedden, J.M., and Allan, L.G.  (2011).  Neural temporal dynamics of contingency judgment.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 792-806.
 
Watter, S., Heisz, J.J., Karle, J.W., Shedden, J.M., and Kiss, I.  (2010).  Modality-specific control processes in verbal versus spatial working memory.  Brain Research, 1347: 90-103.
 
Heisz, J.J., and Shedden, J.M.  (2009).  Semantic learning modifies perceptual face processing.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 21: 1127-1134. 
 
Brunet, P.M., Heisz, J.J.+, Mondloch, C.J., Shore, D.I., and Schmidt, L.A.  (2009).  Shyness and face scanning in children.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23: 909-914.  +Co-first author
 
Heisz, J.J., and Shore, D.I.  (2008).  More efficient scanning for familiar faces.  Journal of Vision.  8(1), 1-10.
 
Kiss, I., Watter, S., Heisz, J.J., and Shedden, J.M.  (2007).  Control processes in verbal working memory: An event-related potential study.  Brain Research, 1172: 67-81. 
 
Heisz, J.J., Watter, S., and Shedden, J.M.  (2006).  Automatic face identity encoding at the N170.  Vision Research, 46: 4604-4614.
 
Heisz, J.J., Watter, S., and Shedden, J.M. (2006).  Progressive N170 habituation to unattended repeated faces.  Vision Research, 46: 47-56.

 

Education

Education

 

Degree University Year
BSc McMaster University 2004
PhD McMaster University 2010
PostDoc Fellow Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest 2010-2013

Grad Students

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MSc Hanna Fang    
  Ana Kovacevic    
  Kristen Lucibello    
  Michelle Ogrodnick    
  Emily Paolucci    

 

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Kinesiol 2G03 - Health Psychology

Kinesiol 4Y03 - Cognitive Neuroscience of Exercise

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