Jennifer Bertrand is a PhD Candidate in the Actions in Complex Environments Lab. She is currently in her fourth year of her interdisciplinary PhD, in both the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta.

Jennifer has been a dedicated student of the University of Alberta for most (all?) of her adult life, graduating with a BSc. in Kinesiology in 2014, and a MSc. (thesis-based) in 2017.

With an EEG-centered MSc. thesis, Jennifer has developed an expertise working with large, complex datasets, and has recently been working with multi-modal data (EEG, motion-tracking, eye-tracking) collected during functional movement tasks. Since March 2020, Jennifer has also been working on collecting similar data (mouse and eye-tracking) from participants online, translating the functional movement task to an online space to compare eye-hand dynamics across real and online worlds. Jennifer is also actively working on a collaborative project with Dr. Dana Hayward (VASP Lab [link?]), investigating social attention using online eye and mouse-tracking during an online interactive 2-player card game.

Selected publications:

  1. Wispinski N.J., Stone S.A., Bertrand J.K., Ouellette Zuk A.A. Lavoie E.B., Gallivan J.P., & Chapman C.S. (Cortex – In Press) Reaching for the known unknowns: Rapid reach decisions accurately reflect the future state of dynamic probabilistic information.
  2. Bertrand J.K., Ouellette Zuk A.A. & Chapman C.S. (2019) Clarifying frequency-dependent brightness enhancement: delta-, and theta-band flicker, not alpha-band flicker, consistently seen as brightest. Experimental Brain Research, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05568-
  3. Bertrand J.K., Wispinski N.J., Mathewson K.E., & Chapman C.S. (2018) Entrainment of theta, not alpha, oscillations is predictive of the brightness of a flickering stimulus. Scientific Reports, 8, 6152. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-24215-3
  4. Lavoie E.B., Bertrand J.K., Stone S.A., Wispinski N.J., Sawalha J., & Chapman C.S. (2018) Examining the “species” of situated cognition in humans. Comment on “Cognition beyond representation: Varieties of situated cognition in animals”. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews,13, 31-34. doi: 10.3819/CCBR.2018.130004