Olav Krigolson and Chad Williams looking at their Lego Mindstorm car

Neuroscientist Olav Krigolson and master's student Chad Williams test out their Lego Mindstorm car that can be controlled with brain waves. This new brain-health game is being tested by NASA for potential use on astronauts bound for Mars. Credit: Jody Paterson.

Lynneth Stuart-Hill and her students carrying out testing on a firefighter in the lab

Occupational physiologist Lynneth Stuart-Hill looks for ways to improve working conditions for first responders. Her team’s research has encompassed everything from the development of physical abilities assessments and fitness training manuals to specific findings like how caffeine consumption can raise core body temperatures.

Blindfolded students playing soccer in the UVic gym

Thanks to the hard work of two of our students, what started off as a class assignment to raise awareness about adapted sports and recreation evolved into the establishment of a new blind soccer program in Victoria. Blind soccer can be played by everyone—regardless of a person's vision. All players must wear full blindfolds, except goalies and a few scouts.

Ryan Rhodes in a gym with a test subject

We know that regular exercise is good for us and reduces the risk of disease, yet many of us still struggle to build physical activity into our daily routine. Why? What will motivate us to get more active? Exercise psychologist Ryan Rhodes studies how to motivate people to fulfill their exercise intentions.

Researchers observes kids taking part in horse vaulting lessons

Drs. Lynneth Stuart-Hill and Viviene Temple worked with graduate students to evaluate the physiological responses of kids participating in programs at the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association.

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Expert on impact of racist team names, logos and mascots on Indigenous Peoples

July 14, 2020 - Expert advisory

Paul Whitinui (School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education) is an Indigenous Māori scholar from Aotearoa New Zealand and is available to media to discuss this week’s announcements that the Washington Redskins and the Saanich Braves, under increasing public and financial pressure, will change their nicknames.

Read more: Expert on impact of racist team names, logos and mascots on Indigenous Peoples
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Brain burnout

January 24, 2020 - News

Olav Krigolson has developed a unique mobile electroencephalography (EEG) system to investigate what’s happening in our brains when we’re tired, stressed, oxygen-deprived, struggling with dementia, concussed—or on Mars.

Read more: Brain burnout
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Head space

November 15, 2018 - News

UVic researcher Olav Krigolson is helping NASA study the mental stress of a long space mission to Mars. He'll use portable electroencephalography (EEG) systems in the form of MUSE headbands and PEER research software to monitor the brain activity of crew members.

Read more: Head space