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Dr. Krigolson is a neuroscientist at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with research interests spanning decision-making, learning, statistics, game theory, electroencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and mobile neuroscience technologies. Olav completed his undergraduate degree at UVic in 1997, a MSc from Indiana University in 2003, and a PhD from UVic in 2008. Olav followed this with a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia until 2010 when he took up his first faculty position as an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.
Olav’s research program has led to over 60 peer reviewed scientific publications, 200 conference presentations, and $1.6 million in grant funding for the Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience Laboratory, of which he is the Principle Investigator (www.krigolsonlab.com). His work has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, NeuroImage, Psychophysiology, and Experimental Brain Research. One of his key papers, “Using Muse: Validation of a Low-Cost, Portable EEG System for ERP Research has been viewed over 29000 times (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2017.00109/full). For his research expertise, Dr. Krigolson was awarded a prestigious Benjamin Meaker Fellowship at Bristol University in 2017: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/ias/fellowships/meakers/krigolson/).
Olav’s work has gained mainstream media attention and has been featured on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and the Rick Mercer Report. His work has been discussed on national and international TV channels, radio, and the print media including a special edition of Maclean’s magazine.
Olav’s breakthroughs in the area of mobile electroencephalography (EEG, or “brain-waves”) have led to projects with NASA, major league sports, heavy industry, and local health authorities. Essentially, Dr. Krigolson was able to demonstrate that it is possible to do a full assessment of brain health and performance in under five minutes using an iPhone and a low-cost commercial EEG system available at Best Buy. The potential of this technology has led to work addressed at measuring cognitive fatigue in the workplace to improve safety, measurement and tracking of concussion, measurement and tracking of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and predicting performance within the sport and transportation sectors. Dr. Krigolson’s work led to his co-founding of Suva Technologies Inc (http://www.suva.ca/) and the company was recently featured in the Canadian Business Journal: https://www.cbj.ca/suva-technologies/.
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Dr. Olav Krigolson is the Associate Director for the Centre for Biomedical Research, an Associate Professor in Neuroscience, and the Principle Investigator of the Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Victoria.