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listening in: Krigolson attaches electrodes to an eeg cap worn by undergraduate honours student Marianne Brimmell. the imaging technique measures electrical activity generated by brain cells.

Decisions, Decisions Neuroeconomics and the choices we make. B y M i c h e l l e W r i g h t, B S c ’ 9 9

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uthor and philosopher Albert Camus said, “Life is the sum of all your choices.” It seems fair to reason, then, that the more we understand about how we learn and why we make the decisions we do, the better we can live our lives. “Learning is crucial. If we do not learn, we do not survive,” says Dr. Olav Krigolson, a Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education researcher, who uses computational modeling and neuroimaging (EEGs and functional MRIs) to study how the mind learns and makes decisions. At 6’4’’, Krigolson might seem more the semi-pro basketball player he was in his 20s rather than a leading researcher in the emerging field of neuroeconomics — the fusion of psychology, economics and neuroscience. “If you would have told me in 1997, when I walked out of (UVic) with a BEd and a job in the Victoria school district, that I would be a cognitive neuroscientist, I would have been the first one to fall over laughing,” says Krigolson. e former high school teacher and basketball coach “fell into” neuroscience after taking an elective course in learning and motor control — with the hope of improving his basketball team’s performance on the court. He ended up with a doctorate and a passion for new discoveries. “e answer to one question is the start of another,” says Krigolson, PhD ’08.

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