Mr Nathan Beu

Nathan Beu
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
PhD Candidate
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I am undertaking a PhD in biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Burns and Dr Irina Baetu.

The general goal of my research is to highlight the neural substrate (e.g., neurogenetics and physiological structures and their pathways - particularly in frontal regions and the basal ganglia) underlying the discrete cognitive and psychomotor processes involved in higher-order cognition, intelligence, and motor control, and to test theoretical neural networks that might subserve these functions using computational modelling, EEG, and neurostimulation techniques (TMS/tDCS). 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. To do this, we develop and program novel psychometric tasks to measure cognitive abilities where existing tasks are limited in their precision or ability to distinguish closely-related functions.

The cognitive processes that I target are those that are often affected by psychiatric dysfunction or the degeneration associated with pathology, such as response inhibition. This line of investigation has proximal clinical applications for neurodegenerative, substance abuse, psychopathological, and other disorders.

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.

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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 general goal of my research is to highlight the neural substrate (e.g., neurogenetics and physiological structures and their pathways - particularly in frontal regions and the basal ganglia) underlying the discrete cognitive and psychomotor processes involved in higher-order cognition, intelligence, and motor control, and to test theoretical neural networks that might subserve these functions using computational modelling, EEG, and neurostimulation techniques (TMS/tDCS). 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. To do this, we develop and program novel psychometric tasks to measure cognitive abilities where existing tasks are limited in their precision or ability to distinguish closely-related functions.

The cognitive processes that I target are those that are often affected by psychiatric dysfunction or the degeneration associated with pathology, such as response inhibition. This line of investigation has proximal clinical applications for neurodegenerative, substance abuse, psychopathological, and other disorders.

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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Tutor University of Adelaide
2014 Lab Assistant University of Adelaide
2013 - 2015 Research Assistant University of Adelaide, Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2016 Scholarship PhD Scholarship
2013 Scholarship University of Adelaide Undergraduate Research Scholarship University of Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2016 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
2012 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons, First Class)

Research Interests

2017 - Present
Individual Differences, Personality, and Assessment (Level 3)

Preparing and delivering tutorials; grading factor analysis assessment pieces.

2016
Health and Lifespan Development Psychology (Level 3).
 
Preparing and delivering tutorials, SGDEs, and learning material; grading research proposals and neurodegeneration reports; consultation.  

2016, 2018
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 locus and illusion of control reports; consultation.  

2016 - Present
Psychology 1A (Level 1).
 
Moderating intelligence and psychometrics lectures and flipped classrooms; grading assessment pieces.  

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2017 - ongoing Member Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Australia
2017 - ongoing Co-Chair Brain and Cognition Group Australia
2017 - ongoing Co-Founder EEG Club Australia

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
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 Student-Staff Consultative Committee University of Adelaide
2015 - ongoing Representative School Committee University of Adelaide

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2017 - 2018 Member University Council University of Adelaide Australia
2017 - ongoing Member Academic Board University of Adelaide Australia
Position
PhD Candidate
Phone
83133401
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Hughes Building, floor 2
Room Number
2 06
Org Unit
Psychology

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