Sommer Christie

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Sommer Christie’s doctoral research focuses on the how the brain and body are linked to performance. Specifically, her research explores, a)  the psychophysiological profiles of elite performers (e.g., athletes and neurosurgeons) during performance, b) how EEG and other physiological parameters  (i.e., heart rate, respiration rate, skin conductance, peripheral body temperature, and muscle tension) linked to the sympathetic nervous system stress response are related to performance, and c) whether biofeedback and neurofeedback training improves an individual’s ability to self-regulate physiologically (stress) and neurologically (attention), and therefore enhance performance.

Impact of Acute Stress on Psychomotor Bimanual Performance during Simulated Tumor Resection Task
Journal of Neurosurgery, 2017
Khalid Bajunaid, MD, MSc, Muhammad Abu Shadeque Mullah, MSc, Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, MD, Fahad E. Alotaibi, MD, MSc, Jawad Fares, BSc, Marta Baggiani, Hamed Azarnoush, PhD, Sommer Christie, BSc et al.

Bimanual Psychomotor Performance in Neurosurgical Resident Applicants Assessed Using NeuroTouch, a Virtual Reality Simulator
Journal of Surgical Education, 2016
Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, Khalid Bajunaid, Muhammad A.S Mullah, Ibrahim Marwa, Fahad Alotaibi, MSc, Jawad Fares, Marta Baggiani, Hamed Azarnoush, Gmaan Al Zharni, Sommer Christie et al.