Aaron Newman

Professor and Chair

Email: Aaron.Newman@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-1911
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 6287 Alumni Crescent PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Neuroimaging
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Language
  • Reading Development
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Data Science


BA(hons) University of Winnipeg
MSc University of Oregon
PhD University of Oregon
PDF University of Rochester

Research Interests

My research examines relationships between brain activity and thought using a variety neuroimaging tools. I direct the NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab (NCIL), where I train students in cognitive neuroscience research as we study how experience affects the brain in contexts such as learning, reading, and stroke recovery. I am also the author of two textbooks: Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neural Data Science in Python.

Another facet of my work is training scientists at all levels to be more creative and critical thinkers, to understand design thinking and entrepreneurship, and to find and solve important problems within and beyond academia. I do this through the SURGE Innovation Sandbox at Dalhousie, where I develop and deliver classes, workshops, hackathons, and other programming. 

Selected Publications

  • Newman, Aaron J. (2019). Research Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience. London: SAGE Publishing.
  • Newman, A. J.. (2020). Neural Data Science in Python. Open educational resource, published online at https://neuraldatascience.io
  • Bailey, L.M., McMillan, L.E., & Newman, A.J.. (2020). A sinister subject: Quantifying handedness-based recruitment biases in current neuroimaging research. European Journal of Neuroscience 51:1642–1656. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14542.
  • Godfrey, D., Findlay, C., Mulchandani, D., Subramanilyer, R., Conrad, C., & Newman, A. (2020).  A Tri-Hybrid Brain-Computer Interface for Neuro-Information Systems. In: Davis F.D., Riedl R., vom Brocke J., Léger PM., Randolph A.B., Fischer T. (eds) Information Systems and Neuroscience. NeuroIS 2020. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, 43. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-60073-0_34
  • Benoit, B., Newman, A., Martin-Meisner, R., Latimer, M., and Campbell-Yeo, M.. (2021). The Influence of Breastfeeding on Cortical and Bio-behavioural Indicators of Procedural Pain in Newborns: Findings of the iCAP Randomized Controlled Trial. Early Human Development. 154, 2021, 105308. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2021.105308
  • Benoit, B., Newman, A., Campbell-Yeo, M.. (2021). Challenges and complexities in the electroencephalographic measurement of neonatal pain. Early Human Development. Doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2021.105363
  • Bailey, L.M., , Bodner, G.E., Matheson, H., Stewart, B.M., Roddick, K., O'Neil, K., Simmons, M., Lambert, A.M., Krigolson, O.E., Newman, A.J.,  & Fawcett, J.M.. (2021). The neural correlates of the production effect: An fMRI study. Brain and Cognition. 152, 105757. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2021.105757
  • Conrad, C., and Newman, A.J.. (2021). Measuring Mind Wandering during Online Lectures Assessed with EEG. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 15, 455. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.697532
  • Sayehli, S., Gullberg, M., Newman, A.J., and Andersson, A.. (2022). Native word order processing is not uniform: An ERP-study of verb-second word order. Frontiers in Psychology - Language Sciences. 13 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.668276
  • Conrad, C., Aziz, J, Henneberry, J., and Newman, A.J.. (2022). Do emotions influence safe browsing? Towards an EEG marker of affective responses to cybersecurity notifications. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14 July. DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2022.922960
  • Douglas, C., Tremblay, A., and Newman, A.. (2023).  A two for one special: EEG hyperscanning using a single-person EEG recording setup. MethodsX. 10, 102019  DOI: 10.1016/j.mex.2023.102019
  • Nissen, A., Conrad, C., & Newman, A.J.. (2023). Are You Human? Investigating the Perceptions and Evaluations of Virtual Versus Human Instagram Influencers. 2023 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2023). Hamburg, Germany. DOI: 10.1145/3544548.3580943
  • Lazar-Kurz, Z., Aziz, J., McKearney, K.J., Hamon-Hill, C., MacDonald, A., Newman, A.J., & Eskes, G.. (2023) Age-related changes to electroencephalographic markers of visuomotor error processing and learning in prism adaptation. Neuropsychologia. 184, 108546. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2023.108546