Dr. Blake Butler is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and the brain and mind institute at the University of Western Ontario. His research focusses on the role of experience & plasticity in the development of sensory systems, with a focus on hearing loss and restoration. His program combines behavioural, neuroimaging, and anatomical approaches across models.
Alex Levine is a Post Doctoral Associate in the NiSSL group. She completed her PhD and MSc at The University of York (UK), where she investigated brain plasticity in visual cortex resulting from congenital deafness. Her other interests include emerging developments in rehabilitation within clinical neuroscience, brain health and fitness. Outside of the lab, Alex can often be found exploring new vegan eats, hiking or at CrossFit.
Dan Miller is a Postdoctoral Associate in the NiSSL group. He completed his PhD at Vanderbilt University, where he examined the evolution and functional organization of sensory-perceptual, cognitive, and motor systems. His current research seeks to correlate neuroimaging data with histological measures of neural structure to develop a cell-type classification framework for MR data.
Jessica is a MSc student in the NiSSL group. She completed her BA at Western University, where she investigated the white matter correlates of childhood reading disability. Her current research interests include investigating cross-modal neuroplasticity as a function of sensory and linguistic experience. Outside of the lab, Jessica enjoys drawing, painting, cooking, and camping.
Kate is a Neuroscience MSc student who recently joined the NiSSL lab. Prior to this, she completed her BSc at McMaster and worked at the SickKids Research Institute. Here, she is investigating how auditory stimuli and emotions interact in the brain using MRI techniques to study people with misophonia, a newly discovered neuropsychological phenomenon where specific sounds (e.g. people chewing) elicit aversive physiological and emotional responses. Outside of research, Kate enjoys immersing herself in the great outdoors and after many years of leading hiking and canoeing trips, she has become a budding environmental activist!
Cailey is a Master’s student in the NiSSL group. She received a B.A. in Music at University of Denver and a B.Sc. with honors in Psychology at University of Colorado Denver where she investigated the effect of auditory stimuli on visual attention in the Laboratory for Integrative Vision. Her current research uses EEG to learn about audiovisual speech perception across the hearing ability spectrum in collaboration with the Stevenson Sensory Lab. When she is not in the lab, Cailey enjoys baking needlessly complicated recipes and other “indoorsy” activities.
Del is a 4th year thesis student in the NISSL group. He is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Western University. Currently, Del is interested in exploring the changes in neural connectivity following early-onset deafness. Outside of the lab, Del can be found playing guitar or spending time in the great outdoors.
Efterpi is an undergraduate thesis student in the NiSSL group. She is in the process of completing her BA in Psychology at Western University, where she is currently investigating functional differences in response to visual stimuli between patients with and without hearing loss. Currently, her research interests include the consequences and/or advantages of neurological changes in the brain, as well as implications of neurological disorders. Outside of the lab, Efterpi can often be found playing soccer, socializing with friends, or playing board games!
Nicole is an undergraduate thesis student in the NiSSL group. She is currently working towards completing her B.Sc. in Psychology here at Western University. Currently her thesis project focuses on assessing patterns of activity evoked by aversive sounds in those with specific sensitivities. Outside of the lab, Nicole can often be found watching the sitcom Friends, drawing, horseback riding or spending time with friends and family.
Soojung is an undergraduate thesis student in the NiSSL group. She is currently completing her BSc in Neuroscience at Western, where she is investigation changes in the pattern of neural projections to the 'auditory' thalamus following early-onset hearing loss.