Human Psychophysiology Lab

   

CV of Michael E. Houlihan, Ph.D.

231 Edmund Casey Hall
Department of Psychology
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB E3B 5G3

Phone: (506)-460-0336
Lab: (506)-460-0337
Fax: (506) 450-9615
Email: mhoulihan@stu.ca

Education:

University of Ottawa Degree: Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology) (1994)

Thesis: P300 and Cognitive Ability: Processing Resources, Equivocation and Speed of Processing During Simple Cognitive Tasks

Mount St. Vincent University  Degree: B.Sc. (Honours) (1989)

Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Statistics
Thesis: Relationships Among Animal-Related Attitudes and Behaviors

Awards

Academic Research Funding and Support
  • NSERC Scholarships 1989-1994
  • University of Ottawa Research Scholarships 1989-1994
  • Governor General Silver Medal
  • Exemplary Performance in Psychology
  • Deans List 1987-1989
  • Merit Scholarships 1987-1989
  • SSHRC Personality and individual differences 2006-2009
  • NBIF Face perception research 2005
  • NSERC Undergraduate summer research award (supervisor) 2004
  • JOBS undergraduate research support 2003
  • SSHRC Aid to small universities (Acadia) 2002-2003
  • Acadia University Faculty Association Award 2001-2003
  • Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation 1999
  • Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society 2000-1
  • IWK Research Associate 2000-1
  • NS Royal Commission on AIDS 1989
  • NSERC Summer Research Award 1987, 1988

Research Experience:

St. Thomas University 2003
Associate Professor

General research goals are to identify cognitive-neurological systems related to individual differences normally assessed via self-report inventories. In addition, applied research projects have aimed at diverse topics such as detection of deception; assessment of level of pain; and differentiation of children with ADHD from other attentional problems.

Acadia University 2001-2003
Assistant Professor

Current research is aimed at identifying physiological systems that are related to individual differences normally assessed via self-report inventories.  

Dalhousie University and IWK Health Center 1999–2001

Manager of the High-density ERP Lab and Assistant Professor (part-time)

The main goal of this lab is to help understand the impact of pain on cognitive function using high-density EEG and ERP methodology. This research represents a collaboration of investigators from fields of clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, anaesthesiology and biomedical engineering. Collateral investigations are directed at examining depth of anaesthesia to determine the conditions under which memory formation will occur and evaluation of cognitive side effects of a novel anti-epileptic. In addition to the clinical research, basic investigations are being conducted on diverse topics such as memory and language.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine 1994–1996 and 1997-1999
Leon J Goldberg Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Toxicology

I conducted basic research on the effects of nicotine on human performance with an emphasis on the use of EEG and ERP recordings as an adjunct to traditional behavioural measures of human cognitive performance.

Human Neuroscience Research Unit, University of Ottawa 1996-1997
Manager Experimental Electrophysiology Lab

We focused on developing methods to assess daytime sleepiness and alertness using QEEG in patient groups, such as narcoleptics, apneics and normal subjects.

School of Psychology   --- University of Ottawa 1989-1994
Research Assistant for R. Stelmack and K. Campbell

Our research program was directed toward understanding the biological underpinnings of trait-derived descriptors of personality and intelligence using psychophysiological tools as well as investigating aspects of memory and attentional processes.

Department of Psychology --- Mount Saint Vincent University 1988-1989
Research Assistant for R. Kafer and F. Harrington --- Mount St. Vincent University

My main role in this research program involved the statistical analysis of a large stratified random sample of attitudinal questionnaires on attitudes toward animals. Other research involved assessing attitudes toward AIDS patients.

Teaching Experience

  • Undergraduate teaching:
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Biological Psychology
    • Drugs and Behavior
    • Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • Supervision of masters student, undergraduate honours students, directed readings and special topics research

Reviewed Articles/Grant Proposals for:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Department of Defense Polygraph Institute
  • American Journal of Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • International Journal of Psychophysiology
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • Neuropsychobiology
  • Neuroscience Letters
  • Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
  • Psychopharmacology

Publications:

  1. Fraser, I., Morrison, B., & Houlihan (2006) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory of Witnesses, and the Judicial System. The Advocates Quarterly,31(4), 437-447.
  2. Dick, B. D., Connolly, J. F., Houlihan, M. E., McGrath, P. J., Finley, G. A., Stroink, G., & Clark, A. (2006). Effects of Experimentally Induced Pain on Mismatch Negativity. Journal of Psychophysiology, 20(1), 21-31.
  3. Pritchard, W., Sokhadze, E., Houlihan, M. (2004) Effects of Nicotine on Event-Related Potentials (ERPs): A Review Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 961-98
  4. D'Arcy, R.C.N., Connolly, J.F., Service, E., Hawco, C.S., & Houlihan , M.E. (2004). Separating phonological and semantic processing in auditory sentence processing: A high-resolution event-related brain potential study. Human Brain Mapping, 22, 40-51.
  5. Houlihan, M., McGrath, P., Connolly, J., Stroink, G., Finley, GA. & Phi, T. ( 2004). Assessing the Effect of Pain on Demands for Attentional Resources Using ERPs. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 51, 181-187.
  6. Pritchard, W., Sokhadze, E., Houlihan, M. (submitted for publication). Effects of Nicotine on Event-Related Potentials (ERPs): A Review.
  7. Dick, B.D., Connolly, J.F., McGrath, P.J., Finley, G.A., Stroink, G., Houlihan, M.E., Clark, A.J. (2003). The disruptive effect of chronic pain on mismatch negativity. Clinical Neurophysiology, 114, 1497-1506
  8. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (2002). Smoking/Nicotine Affects Magnitude and Onset of Lateralized Readiness Potentials. Journal of Psychophysiology, 16 (1), 37-45.
  9. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (2001). Effects of Smoking/Nicotine on Performance and Event-Related Potentials during a Short-Term Memory Scanning Task. Psychopharmacology, 156, 388-396.
  10. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (2001). EEG Effects of Smoking: Is there Tachyphylaxis? Neuropsychobiology, 44, 54-58.
  11. Pritchard, W., Houlihan, M. & Robinson, J. (1999). P300 and Response Selection: A New Look Using Independent-Components Analysis. Brain Topography, 12, 31-37.
  12. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1999). A Double Blind Study of the Effects of Smoking on Heart Rate: Is There Tachyphylaxis? Psychopharmacology, 144, 38-44.
  13. Pritchard, W., Houlihan, M., Guy, T., & Robinson, J. (1999). Little Evidence That “Denicotinized” Menthol Cigarettes Have Pharmacological Effects:  An EEG/Heart-Rate/Subjective-response Study.  Psychopharmacology, 143, 273-279.
  14. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1999). The Effect of Smoking/Nicotine on Response Selection. Human Psychopharmacology Clinical and Experimental, 14, 31-36.
  15. Houlihan, M., Stelmack, R. & Campbell, K. (1998). Intelligence and the Effects of Perceptual Processing Demands, Task Difficulty and Processing Speed on P300, Reaction Time and Movement Time. Intelligence, 26, 9-25.
  16. Houlihan, M. Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1996). The time course effects of smoking on stimulus evaluation and response selection. Journal of Psychophysiology, 10, 310-318.
  17. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W., Krieble, K. & Duke, D. (1996). Effects of cigarette smoking on EEG spectral-band power, dimensional complexity, and nonlinearity during reaction-time task performance. Psychophysiology, 33, 740-746.
  18. Houlihan, M. Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1996). Human Electrophysiology and Smoking. Drug Development Research, 38, 299-304.
  19. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1996). Faster P300 latency after smoking in visual but not auditory oddball tasks. Psychopharmacology, 123, 231-238.
  20. Stelmack, R.M., Houlihan, M., & Doucet, C. (1996). Event-related potentials and the detection of deception: A two-stimulus paradigm. US Department of Defense Polygraph Institute. Report No. DoDPI93-R-0004.
  21. Stelmack, R. & Houlihan, M. (1995). Event-related potentials, personality and intelligence: Concepts, issues and evidence. In D.H. Saklofske & M. Zaidner (Eds.) International Handbook of Personality and Intelligence (pp. 349-366). New York: Plenum.
  22. Houlihan, M., Campbell, K. & Stelmack, R. (1994). Reaction time and movement time as measures of stimulus evaluation and response processes. Intelligence, 18, 289-307.
  23. Stelmack, R., Houlihan, M. & McGarrey-Roberts, P. (1993). Personality, reaction time, and event-related potentials. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 399-409.
  24. Van Houten, R., Rolider, A., & Houlihan, M. (1991). Treatments of self-injury based on teaching compliance and/or brief physical restraint. In Leuselli, J.K., Matson, J.L. & Singh, N.N (Eds.), Analysis, Assessment and Treatment of Self-Injury (pp. 181-199). New York: Springer Verlag and Co.
  25. Houlihan, M. & Van Houten, R. (1989). Behavioral treatment of hyperactivity: A review and overview. Education and Treatment of Children, 12, 265-275.
  26. Kafer, R., Jollata, C., Landry, R. & Houlihan, M. (1988). The Influence of Victim and Respondent Characteristics on Attitudes Toward AIDS. A report to the Nova Scotia Task Force On AIDS.

    Presentations:

  27. Houlihan, M. (2006). An Historical Perspective on the Psychophysiology of Mental Ability. Presentation at the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Psychophysiology, 43 (S1), S6.
  28. Houlihan, Fraser, Donahue, Sharma, Bourque, & MacLean (2006). Processing emotional face expressions in post-traumatic stress disorder, Presentation at the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Psychophysiology, 43 (S1), S47.
  29. Houlihan, M., Fraser. I, Welling, L. (2005). Face Perception and Event-related Potentials. Presentation at the joint meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science and the Experimental Psychology Society (UK), Montreal.
  30. Houlihan, M., Clark, A. (2005). Effects of Nicotine on the Mismatch Negativity as a Sensory Auditory Memory in Smokers and Non-smokers. Presentation at the joint meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science and the Experimental Psychology Society (UK), Montreal.
  31. Houlihan, M., Clark, A., Soucey, T., Despres, H. & Pierce, A. (2004). Lie detection using ERPs in a language based task. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science.
  32. Sokhadze, E., Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W., Guy, T. & Robinson, J. (2002). Linear and nonlinear effects of smoking/nicotine on human EEG assessed using dense-array technology. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  33. Sokhadze, E., Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W., Guy, T. & Robinson, J. (2002). Effects of smoking/nicotine and response complexity on ERPs. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  34. Houlihan, M. (2002). Do introverts and extraverts differ in how they prepare to make a motor response? An event-related potential investigation. Presented at International Organization of Psychophysiology 2002
  35. Brauer, F., Houlihan, M., McGrath, P., Connolly, J., Stroink, G., Finley, GA. (2001) Separation of pain and no-pain condition maps of high-density ERP maps using KLT methods. IEEE
  36. Dick, B., McGrath, P., Connolly, J., & Houlihan, M. (2000). The Effects of Cold-pressor and Ischemic Experimental Pain on Preconscious Attentional Processes. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Pain Society.
  37. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1998). Smoking affects magnitude and onset of response-locked but only magnitude of stimulus-locked LRPs. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  38. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1998). P300 and response selection revisited using Independent-Components Analysis (ICA) Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  39. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. EEG Effects of Smoking: Is there Tachyphylaxis (Acute Tolerance)? Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  40. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. Short-term Memory Scanning and Smoking. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  41. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W., Robinson, J., & Broughton R. (1997). Effects of repeated tobacco/nicotine intake on Q-EEG measures of daytime arousal. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies, San Francisco, CA.
  42. Yan, H., Dales, R., Houlihan, M., Lutley- Borland, K. & Broughton R. (1997). Effects of CPAP on PLMs, respiratory measures and sleep. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies, San Francisco, CA.
  43. Krupa, S., Houlihan, M., Dunham, W., Rivers, M., Mullington, J. & Broughton, R. (1997). Daytime Impairment of Arousal in Narcolepsy: An Update. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies, San Francisco, CA.
  44. Houlihan, M. (1997). Effects of Repeated Tobacco/Nicotine Intake on Q-EEG Measures of Daytime Arousal. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Association of Electroencephalography, New York, NY.
  45. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1996). Smoking and Heart Rate Tachyphylaxis. Presentation at the International Symposium on Nicotine and Human Performance, Washington, DC.
  46. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1996). Is there tachyphylaxis of the effects of smoking on EEG? Presentation at the International Symposium on Nicotine and Human Performance, Washington, DC.
  47. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1996). Smoking and Heart Rate. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  48. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1996). Effects of quantified cigarette smoke delivery on EEG linear and nonlinear dynamics during a stimulus-response compatibility task. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  49. Yang, J.M., Anderson, M.E., Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W.S., Robinson, J.H. & deBethizy (1996). Physiologically-based pharmacodynamic modeling of acute cardiovascular response to repeated nicotine administration in humans. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology.
  50. Houlihan, M. (1995). Smoking and EEG. Presentation at the First Duke Nicotine Research Conference.
  51. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W., Krieble, K. & Duke, D. (1995). Effects of cigarette smoking on EEG spectral-band power, dimensional complexity, and nonlinearity during reaction-time task performance. Presentation at the First Duke Nicotine Research Conference.
  52. Houlihan, M. (1995). Motives for Smoking and Electrophysiology. Invited address at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
  53. Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W. & Robinson, J. (1995). Can Smoking Speed Cognitive Processing? Presentation at the meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science.
  54. Houlihan, M. & Stelmack, R. (1994). Cognitive Ability and Individual Differences in P300 During Simple Cognitive Tasks. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  55. Stelmack, R., Houlihan, M. & Doucet, C. (1994). Event-related Potentials and the Detection of Deception: A Two-Stimulus Paradigm. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  56. Houlihan, M. & Stelmack, R. (1993). Event-related Potentials During Simple Cognitive Tasks and Intellectual Performance. Presentation at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.
  57. Houlihan, M. & Stelmack, R. (1990). Recognition Memory for High and Low Frequency Words: An Event-related Potential Analysis. Presentation at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

    Manuscripts Submitted:

  58. Houlihan, M., Fraser, I., Welling, L. & Sharma. M. The Facial Feature Hierarchy: An Event-related Potential Investigation. Submitted to Perception and Psychophysics

    Manuscripts in Preparation:

  59. Fraser, I., Fournier, W., Fish, T., Brodie, D. & Houlihan, M. Reported Experience with PTSD and Attitudes Toward Peers with PTSD at a large Canadian Army Base.
  60. Houlihan, M., Adams, N, McGrath, P., Connolly, J., Stroink, G. and Finley, GA. Attention to Pain: Changing tasks by rating pain during an auditory oddball task.
  61. Houlihan, M., McGrath, P., Connolly, J., Stroink, G. and Finley, GA. Pain disrupts automatic deployment of attention to novel sounds.
  62. Hawco, C., Houlihan, M., McGrath, P., Connolly, J., Stroink, G. and Finley, GA. Affects of pain on early auditory selection.
  63. Brauer, F., Houlihan, M., McGrath, P., Connolly, J., Stroink, G., Finley, GA. Separation of pain and no-pain condition maps of high-density ERP maps using KLT methods.
  64. Sokhadze, E., Houlihan, M., Pritchard, W., Guy, T. & Robinson, J. Linear and nonlinear effects of smoking/nicotine on human EEG assessed using dense-array technology.

Research in Progress:

  1. Houlihan, M. Do introverts and extraverts differ in how they prepare to make a motor response? An event-related potential investigation.
  2. Houlihan, M., Armstrong, V. Does reading comprehension predict N4 amplitude in university undergraduates?

 

 

 

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