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Destination Mars: Using Neuroscience to Improve Astronaut Success in Outer Space

A mission to Mars will entail astronauts undertaking a three year journey to another planet. During their voyage, the astronauts will experience stress and other factors that will impact their brain performance and function. In this talk, Dr. Krigolson will talk about breakthrough technology that his laboratory has developed and validated to monitor astronaut brain health and performance during a mission to Mars. Dr. Krigolson will also talk about how this technology is being used to improve athlete performance, to monitor cognitive fatigue in the workplace, and to track the progression of dementia.


Dr. Olav Krigolson is a neuroscientist at the University of Victoria. His work has been published in top academic journals including the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and has been featured on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and the Rick Mercer Report. For his research expertise, he was awarded a prestigious Benjamin Meaker Fellowship at Bristol University in 2017. His breakthroughs in the area of mobile electroencephalography (EEG, or “brain-waves”) have led to projects with NASA, major league sports, heavy industry, and local health authorities.

Dr. Krigolson completed his undergraduate degree (BEd 1997) and his PhD (2008) at the University of Victoria and is a frequent contributor to UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies community education program.

: Monday, February 3, 2020

Refreshments: 6:30 pm

Lecture: 7 pm

Location: Bob Wright Centre, Room A104

Cost: There is no cost to attend, although registration is required.  

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