Nicholas James Parsons

Supervisors: Prof Stephen Bowden, A/Prof Wendyl D'Souza

My primary research interest area is neurological disorders. My PhD investigates cognitive dysfunction in Juvenile Absence Epilepsy. This involves using fMRI, EEG as well as neuropsychological assessments to identify cognitive dysfunction compared to other forms of epilepsy, and controls. Additionally, I aim to improve the treatment outcomes for patients, as little is presently known about Juvenile Absence Epilepsy. “Question everything” is my mantra, not only in psychology and neuroscience, but also in life. To be curious, sceptical, and rational is a big part of who I am, and why I am here at The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. I have a 1-year-old miniature dachshund named Jemima. I’ve taught her to speak on command, as during a PhD it’s always good to have someone to talk to. So far her advice has made no sense.