Olav Krigolson's psychology lab is unique in Canada: a combination of virtual reality, camera systems and neuroimaging that allows him to dive deep into the brain's decision-making process.
“Until we actually understand how the brain works, we can’t really apply it," he says. "This gives us more information about what’s going on inside people’s heads.”
Dr. Krigolson is one of four Dalhousie projects to receive investment funds from the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) last week. In total, 11 projects across the province will receive $1.1 million in funding.
“The NSRIT funding provides us with a very unique opportunity to ask some interesting research questions," says Dr. Krigolson, whose lab will get $123,826 towards its total $309,565 project. "We wouldn’t be going anywhere without it.”
Three other Dal projects received NSRIT funds as well:
- Roland Hudson, Architecture ($125,000) - lab to examine computer co-ordination of design, fabrication and construction
- Robert Browstone, Neuroscience ($124,000) - light activation of spinal cord networks
- Tri Nguyen-Quang, Agriculture ($66,000) - facilities for studying micro-algae fluid flow systems
The Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) supports research infrastructure in Nova Scotia by matching national funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). NSRIT benefits researchers in areas such as Health and Life Sciences, Ocean Technology, Clean Technology, and Information and Communications Technology. Since 2001, the Province of Nova Scotia — through NSRIT — has awarded over $66M to more than 340 projects.
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