Mr Nathan Beu
I am undertaking a PhD in biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Burns and Dr Irina Baetu.
The goal of my research is to highlight the neural substrate (neurogenetics and physiological structures and their pathways - particularly in frontal regions and the basal ganglia) underlying cognitive and psychomotor mechanisms involved in higher-order cognition, intelligence, and motor control, and to test theoretical neural networks that might subserve these functions using computational modelling, genotyping, EEG, and neurostimulation techniques (TMS/tDCS). The cognitive processes that I target are those affected by psychiatric dysfunction or pathological degeneration, such as response inhibition.
Additionally, my research attempts to identify where such mechanisms can be separated into discrete psychological processes, and how those processes concatenate into the target mechanisms. Where existing psychometric tasks are limited in precision or ability to distinguish closely-related functions, we develop and program novel ones.
Broadly, I am interested in the biological processes and psychometrics of individual differences in intelligence, and investigating potential targets for interventions to enhance cognitive function in healthy individuals, and to offset cognitive and psychomotor decline associated with disease states.
|2016||Tutor||University of Adelaide|
|2014||Lab Assistant||University of Adelaide|
|2013 - 2015||Research Assistant||University of Adelaide, Adelaide|
|2013||Scholarship||University of Adelaide Undergraduate Research Scholarship||University of Adelaide||—||—|
|2016||University of Adelaide||Australia||PhD|
|2012 - 2015||University of Adelaide||Australia||Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons, First Class)|
|2018||Investigating neural substrates of perception and cognition with large-scale data||Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin||Germany|
|2018||Computational Neuroscience||National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, Berlin||Germany|
|2018||Baetu, I., Pitcher, J. B., Cohen-Woods, S., Lancer, B., Beu, N., Foreman, L. M., . . . Burns, N. R. (2018). Polymorphisms that affect GABA neurotransmission predict processing of aversive prediction errors in humans.. NeuroImage, 176, 179-192.
|2017||Beu, N. D., Burns, N. R., & Baetu, I. (2017). Polymorphisms in dopaminergic genes predict proactive inhibition in a Go/No-Go task. Poster session presented at the meeting of Experimental Psychology Conference. Newcastle, Australia.|
|2016||Beu, N. D., Burns, N. R., & Baetu, I. (2016). tDCS differentially modulates response inhibition processes disturbed by disease. Poster session presented at the meeting of Florey Postgraduate Conference. Adelaide, Australia.|
2017 - Present
Individual Differences, Personality, and Assessment (Level 3).
Preparing and delivering tutorials; grading assessment pieces; consultation.
Health and Lifespan Development Psychology (Level 3).
Preparing and delivering tutorials, SGDEs, workshops, and seminars; grading research proposals and reports; consultation.
Learning and Behaviour (Level 3).
Preparing and delivering tutorials and learning material; delivering a seminar on mathematical and neurological models of learning and attention; grading reports; consultation.
2016 - Present
Psychology 1A (Level 1).
Moderating intelligence and psychometrics lectures and flipped classrooms; grading assessment pieces.
|2017 - ongoing||Director||Adelaide Postgraduate Student Association||University of Adelaide||Australia|
|2017 - ongoing||Board Member||Health Sciences Postgraduate Association||University of Adelaide||—|
|2015 - ongoing||Representative||School Committee||University of Adelaide||—|
|2017 - ongoing||Member||Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society||Australia|
|2017 - ongoing||Co-Chair||Brain and Cognition Group||Australia|
|2017 - ongoing||Co-Founder||EEG Club||Australia|
|2018 - 2018||New directions for investigating response inhibition||The Laboratory of Neural Computation and Cognition||Carney Institute for Brain Science, Brown University||United States|