Some of our Current Students
I am in the second year of my Master’s degree at Trent. I am currently studying aspects of sexual assertiveness in women. Specifically I am interested in looking at how women’s comfortability in communicating and acting upon sexual disinterest (i.e. refusing unwanted sexual advances) relates to their comfortability in communicating and acting upon sexual interest (i.e. discussing and initiating desired sexual activity with a partner). I am investigating how support for traditional gendered sexual roles, among other factors, relates to these sexual communication abilities. I am passionate about conducting research that aids in our understanding of how to promote sexual pleasure and well-being, and hope my findings can be applied in the areas of sexual education and therapy. This research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Dr. Terry Humphreys
I am currently completing a Master of Science degree in the Experimental Psychology program. I have been involved in human sexuality research since my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. My Masters research looks at how beliefs surrounding sexual experiences (specifically first sexual encounters) may influence subjective reports of pleasure in first sexual experiences and later sexual behaviours. This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Other areas of research that I am currently involved in include: sequences of sexual behaviours, expectations surrounding sexual relationships, and beliefs about typical sexual behaviours. I aspire to continue research in the discipline of human sexuality and social psychology with hopes to pursue a long-term career in academia.
Dr. Terry Humphreys
I am investigating the relationships between gratitude, mindfulness, subjective connectedness with nature (nature-relatedness) and well-being. Specifically, I want to know if gratefully reflecting on things found in nature impacts hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, and whether this affects environmental attitudes and behaviour. My aim is to bridge gaps in the literature linking mindfulness and gratitude with well-being, and linking nature immersion with well-being and environmentalism.
Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet
I study the relationship between monetary policy and population health; specifically, I investigate how we create and distribute money in our contemporary western societies and the detrimental health effects of those systems, e.g., debt, poverty, and inequality. My findings suggest that all money is created out of debt, and our monetary policies systematically create poverty in our communities.
Dr. Rory Coughlan
Swarsattie Bhim Kishun
I am currently completing my first year of my Master's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience at Trent University. My supervisor and I are looking at how memories can become independent of the hippocampus after distributed learning sessions. The theory of systems consolidation states that, memories are first established in the hippocampus and over time consolidate to non-hippocampal brain regions. Our lab is specifically focusing on consolidation in the anterior cingulate cortex and the perirhinal cortex. It is our aim to outline the neural pathway involved in context fear memory for remote and recent memories. Based on the literature, we have speculated that the pathway is different for remote versus recent context fear memory.
Dr. Hugo Lehmann
I work in the Action and Cognition Lab with Dr. Liana Brown. Three visuomotor tasks were replicated onto a portable tablet, and the purpose of my current research will be to test the clinical usefulness of these tasks. Previous research has suggested that visuomotor skills are some of the last cognitive abilities to return to baseline after a concussion (Heitger et al., 2006). I hope to test people who have suffered from a concussion within the past year on this tablet. If the tasks can detect lingering visuomotor deficits in people with concussions, I can conclude that the tasks on the tablet are sensitive enough to detect these lingering deficits in this population. Ideally, we will create a novel portable assessment tool for concussion.
Dr. Liana Brown
3 Minute Thesis 2016
Three of our second year students participated in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition in 2016. Congratulations to Patricia, Michael and Jessica on a job well done! Below are links to their presentations.
Patricia Smith 3MT Presentation
Michael Jorgensen 3MT Presentation
Jessica Reid 3MT Presentation
3 Minute Thesis 2015
Rebecca Martin 3MT Presentation
Carly Bumbacco 3MT Presentation
3 Minute Thesis 2014
Sean Carlin 3MT Presentation
Christopher Bedore 3MT Presentation