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Kate Riggall

Telephone: +6188302 4179


About me

I am a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience, under the supervision of Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Dr Mark Kohler. My research aims to investigate the relationship between home environment, brain activity, and cognitive/learning outcomes in children. Prior studies have shown that a child's home environment can influence cognitive abilities like memory and language, and therefore support or limit their learning and achievement. My study will investigate a potential EEG biomarker of healthy cognitive development which might be used in the future to identify children at risk of poor development, and inform the timing and nature of interventions to support their development. I will be working in collaboration with the Fraser Mustard Centre, a joint initiative of the Department of Education and Child Development and Telethon Kids Institute, as the 2017 recipient of the Fraser Mustard Scholarship Scheme.

Prior to my PhD I received a dual degree in Science and Arts at the University of Queensland, majoring in Spanish and Biomedical Science (Neuroscience stream). I then studied and worked at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, in the Meinzer lab. During my summer research scholarship, I collaborated with researchers in the field of neuroethics to conduct an international survey of experts in non-invasive brain stimulation, which was published in a high-ranking international journal, Scientific Reports. In my Honours year I analysed brain imaging data from a combined transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and language learning paradigm. Finally, as a research assistant I recruited, screened and tested participants in several tDCS and adult learning and cognition paradigms. 

Research publications

Riggall K et al. (2015) Researchers' perspectives on scientific and ethical issues with transcranial direct current stimulation: An international survey. Scientific Reports 5:10618. doi: 10.1038/srep10618

[Poster presentation, 2nd Australasian Brain Stimulation Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, July, 2016] 

[Poster presentation at 1st International Brain Stimulation Conference, Singapore, March, 2015]

Perceval, G., Copland, D., Laine, M., Riggall, K., Ulm, L., & Meinzer, M. (2017). Short-and long-term effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation on language learning in normal ageing. Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation, 10(2), 421. 

[Poster presentation, 6th International Conference on Non-invasive Brain Stimulation, Gottingen, Germany, September, 2016]

[Poster presentation, 2nd Australasian Brain Stimulation Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, July, 2016]


Healthy Development Adelaide - Student Research Member

Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society - Student Member

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