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Craig Chapman Cognitive neuroscientist

Dr. Craig Chapman studies how the brain makes decisions that allow people to successfully navigate their world, targeting relevant objects for action and ignoring or avoiding irrelevant objects. These decision play an essential role in healthy living, but often fall below conscious awareness. Dr. Chapman asks what the added value of consciousness is, and what it means for non-conscious decision processing to play such a strong role. The question suggests an important blurring of the distinction between the conscious and the non-conscious.

In his lab, Dr. Chapman uses a detailed analysis of sensorimotor processing that integrates eye-tracking, electroencephalography and motion-tracking, and has shown that a decision about making a movement doesn’t end once the movement is initiated, but continues until the movement is complete. This means that movements provide a window into deciding and thinking, and that movement recording is a powerful research tool for science and a diagnostic tool for medicine.


Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship

NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral

NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Master’s

Relevant Publications

Pesquita, A., Chapman , C.S. & Enns, J.T. (2016). Seeing attention in action: Human sensitivity to attention control in others. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (31), 8669-8674.

Chapman, C. S., Gallivan, J. P., Wong, J.D., Wispinski, N.J., & Enns, J. T. (2015). The snooze of lose: Rapid reaching reveals that losses are processed more slowly than gains. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(4), 844

Gallivan, J.P., & Chapman, C.S. (2014). Three-dimensional reach trajectories as a probe of real-time decision-making between multiple competing targets. Frontiers in neuroscience (8), 1-19

Chapman, C.S., Gallivan, J.P., Culham, J.C., & Goodale, M.A. (2011). Mental Blocks: fMRI reveals top-down modulation of early visual cortex when obstacles interfere with grasp planning. Neuropsychologia. 49: 1703-1717.

Chapman, C.S., Gallivan, J.P., Wood, D.W., Milne, J.L., Culham, J.C., & Goodale, M.A. (2010). Reaching for the unknown: Multiple target encoding and real-time decision-making in a rapid reach task. Cognition. 116(2), 168-176.



CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


University of AlbertaFaculty of Physical Education and Recreation


PhD (Psychology; Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience) University of Western Ontario

BSc (Cognitive Systems: Brain and Behaviour) University of British Columbia



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