Sarah Haigh: Physiological responses to sensory stimuli

Sarah Haigh

Title

Physiological Responses to Sensory Stimuli

Mentor

Sarah Haigh

Department

Psychology

Bio sketch

Sarah Haigh is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Ph.D. in vision science at the University of Essex, UK, and her undergraduate degree in experimental psychology from the University of Bristol, UK. She completed post-doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before starting at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018. Her research focuses on sensory processing and its impact on cognition, both in the general population and in clinical groups such as individuals with autism, schizophrenia, and migraine.

Project overview

We have several projects available. The first involves assisting in collecting physiological responses to sensory stimuli and identifying how they relate to clinical symptoms. The second, is an ongoing project identifying properties of stimuli that evoke discomfort in clinical populations. These projects are important for understanding stimuli that can trigger clinical symptoms, such as discomfort and headaches, and how ameliorating their impact can help improve cognition. In clinical populations, the hope is that this can reduce the severity of their symptoms.

Students will gain hands on experience working with participants and collecting both behavioral and physiological data. By the end of the semester, students are expected to have developed their skills in data collection. They will be actively involved in the data analysis and will be involved in presenting the findings at the national and international level.