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.
|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)|
2017 - Present
Individual Differences, Personality, and Assessment (Level 3).
Preparing and delivering tutorials; grading factor analysis assessment pieces.
Health and Lifespan Development Psychology (Level 3).
Preparing and delivering tutorials, SGDEs, and learning material; grading research proposals and neurodegeneration 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 locus and illusion of control reports; consultation.
2016 - Present
Psychology 1A (Level 1).
Moderating intelligence and psychometrics lectures and flipped classrooms; grading assessment pieces.
|2017 - ongoing||Member||Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society||Australia|
|2017 - ongoing||Co-Chair||Brain and Cognition Group||Australia|
|2017 - ongoing||Co-Founder||EEG Club||Australia|
|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|
|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|