Senior Lecturer, Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway
Michael Hogan is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In his undergraduate years Michael was the Psychological Society of Ireland Young Psychologist of the Year (1994). He received this award for his research on the relationship between developmental automaticity and intelligence. Michael travelled to the U.S. after his undergraduate degree and spent a year working in a Brain Injury clinic as a life skills trainer. He returned to Galway the following year to accept a PhD fellowship award. His PhD focused on Generalized Slowing and Common Cause Models of Ageing (1999). Michael continued his research in the field of ageing cognition as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto and worked with Lynn Hasher on the relationship between circadian arousal and learning, and with Fergus Craik on the impact of attention switching on memory. Michael returned to Ireland to work as a postdoctoral researcher at Trinity College Dublin. Working with Brian Lawlor and Ian Robertson he secured HRB funding for a research project that examined the relationship between event-related potential (ERP) variability and ageing memory. During this period Michael also accepted a visiting scholar position at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where he worked with Jochen Kaiser on EEG coherence changes in Alzheimer’s disease.
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