Michael Barnett-Cowan

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Michael Barnett-Cowan
As a boy I grew up in northern Canada (Shefferville, Québec and The Pas, Manitoba) and briefly in Cambridge, England. My secondary schooling was in Toronto, Canada and I studied Neuropsychology with Michael Peters at the University of Guelph, where I began my work on the integration of visual and haptic information.

I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada with Laurence R Harris at the Centre for Vision Research. Here I began my research programs on gravity perception as well as the perceived timing of multisensory events which involved directly stimulating the human vestibular system.

I then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany with Heinrich H Bülthoff where I used advanced motion simulators to model self-motion perception, three-dimensional navigation, perceived object stability, and gravitational effects on object recognition. Here I led the Cybernetics Approach to Perception and Action (CAPA) research group and was project leader for the Simulation of Upset Recovery in Aviation (SUPRA), funded by a Seventh Framework Programme Research Grant.

My work on gravity perception led me to work with Jody Culham at The Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in London, Canada to investigate the neural correlates of gravity perception and multisensory integration. Here my research was very generously supported by Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation Fellowship.

While there, I also became an Adjunct Research Professor in Western's Department of Psychology. During my tenure at Western my research program grew to incorporate functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to determine the network properties that underlie gravity perception in the human brain.

I am now an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada.

For a list of colleagues and collaborators, see past mentors, supervised students, and collaborators.

Contact information:
519-888-4567, ext. 39177
B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 1104