Shining (near infrared) light on brain function during exercise

12 December 2017


P7-27 Playford Building
City East campus

Dr Gavin Tempest is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry at Stanford University. 

Gavin completed his PhD training at UniSA (2014) which examined the neural basis of affective responses during exercise using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS; a non-invasive neuroimaging technique). Since then his research has literally taken him full circle around the world. He completed initial postdoctoral training at Tomsk State University (Russia) and then escaped the Siberian winter to thaw out at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis on the French Riviera.

This work examined the effects of exercise upon cognitive function using NIRS. He then moved stateside to Stanford University. The goal of his current work is to determine the effectiveness of aerobic exercise to improve brain function and symptoms in childhood attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Gavin has returned to UniSA to talk about the use of NIRS to measure brain function during exercise.

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