Faculty Profile: Hicks, James

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Hicks, James
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James Hicks
Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Hicks, James
Lab Contact:
James Hicks
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
3400E CalIT2

Research Description

esearch in the Sports & Exercise Neuroscience Lab aims to characterize the effects of exercise training on neural network interactions to understand the benefits of fitness for brain function, and on the other hand to understand the nature of network degradation as a result of sport-related head impact exposure. A major emphasis concerns the role of the autonomic nervous system in regulating brain activity. The goal of this work is to develop physiological benchmarks of brain health and injury that can guide development and validation of protective equipment to promote athlete safety. Specifically, we use electroencephalography (EEG), electrocardiography (EKG), univariate and multivariate statistical analyses, and behavioral assessments to monitor UCI student-athletes, physically active non-athletes, and sedentary students.

Requirements to Participate

3 - 4 hours per unit.
Minimum 3 units.
Some formal coursework in human physiology, exercise physiology and neuroscience is preferred but not absolutely necessary. An interest in team sports is also preferred.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

The evaluation method will include attendance at weekly lab meetings, participation in data collection and analysis and working cohesively in a team environment. This research requires a great deal of logistics and therefore, students signing up must be committed to the project and be able to attend a certain number of games
Attendance: 30Pts (working assigned hours, being on time)
Lab Work: 40Pts (quality, accuracy, integrated.synthesis of information and safety)
Communication: 20Pts (Written/Oral reports, questions and discussion with mentor)
Lab citizenship: 10Pts (organization, clean up and follow through)
Total: 100 points