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Kristin Koller   BSc MSc PhD

Kristin Koller BSc MSc PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

School of Psychology


My current research investigates the effects of intensive cognitive training on brain tissue microstructure. Specifically, I am interested in imaging myelin plasticity with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the human brain following intensive training in spatial navigation.

My PhD focused on the anatomy and function of evolutionarily conserved subcortical 'survival' pathways in 1) processing emotion and orienting towards non-conscious threat, 2) control of reflexive eye movements and 3) control of sleep, attentional and arousal states.










Internal Collaborators:

Prof. Derek Jones

Dr. Mia Winter

External Collaborators:

Prof. Robert Rafal (University of Delaware/Bangor University)

Dr. Paul Mullins (Bangor University)

Prof. Robert Rogers (Bangor University)


Koller, K., Rafal, R. D., Platt, A., & Mitchell, N. D. (2018). Orienting toward threat: Contributions of a subcortical pathway transmitting retinal afferents to the amygdala via the superior colliculus and pulvinar. Neuropsychologia.

Koller, K., & Rafal, R. D. (2018). Saccade latency bias toward temporal hemifield: Evidence for role of retinotectal tract in mediating reflexive saccades. Neuropsychologia.

Van Koningsbruggen, M., Koller, K., & Rafal, R. D. (2017). Deafferentation of the superior colliculus abolishes spatial summation of redundant visual signals. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 11.

Rafal, R. D., Koller, K., Bultitude, J. H., Mullins, P., Ward, R., Mitchell, A. S., & Bell, A. H. (2015). Connectivity between the superior colliculus and the amygdala in humans and macaque monkeys: Virtual dissection with probabilistic DTI tractography. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(3).

Poliva, O., Bestelmeyer, P. E. G., Hall, M., Bultitude, J. H., Koller, K., & Rafal, R. D. (2015). Functional mapping of the human auditory cortex: FMRI investigation of a patient with auditory agnosia from trauma to the inferior colliculus. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 28(3).



  • MSc Neuroimaging Journal Seminar (CUBRIC)
  • Brain dissection demonstrator at 'Visceral Mind Summer School' (Bangor University)
  • Assistance with MSc Neuroimaging Tractography practical session (CUBRIC)


Teaching Assistant at Bangor University:

  • Communicating Research in Psychology (MSc Module)
  • Behavioural Neurology (MSc Module)
  • Introduction to Neuroimaging (MSc Module)
  • Research Skills (Undergraduate Modules 1 and 2)
  • Research Methods (Undergraduate Modules 1 and 2)
  • MSc Neuroimaging/Clinical Neuropsychology dissertation supervision


BSc Psychology - National University of Ireland NUIM (2011)

MSc Neuroimaging  – Bangor University (2012)

PhD Cognitive Neuroscience/Neuroimaging – Bangor University (2016)

Honours and awards

Best Talk Award (British Federation of Women Graduates Presentation Day, 2014)

Experimental Psychology Society Grindley Travel Award (2014)

Brainhack Project Travel Award (2013)

Bangor University PhD Scholarship (2012-2016)

MSc Neuroimaging tuition fee scholarship (Bangor University, 2011)

BSc Psychology 'Top of the Class' Award - National University of Ireland (NUIM, 2010)