Helene M. Sisti, M.Ed., Ph.D. joined the Department of Psychology and Education, and Leadership in 2019.
Sisti is a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, and Learning & Memory, among others. Her area of expertise is neuroplasticity and learning. Prior to joining the Norwich Faculty, she held teaching appointments at Rutgers University and Villanova University, where she taught Statistics, Motor Learning, and Biopsychology. Dr. Sisti has been invited to review several journals in cognitive neuroscience, including Neurorehabilitation & Repair, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, and PLoS ONE.
Between 2013 and 2015, she was a Management Consultant at Gap International. As a member of their Genius Institute, her team investigated how language impacts action using the company’s Breakthrough Methodology.® She partnered withmedical and health care industry senior executives, including Bupa and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She facilitated leadership conferences in Australia, Dubai and the United States.
In spring 2021, Sisti received Vermont Biomedical Research Network funding (a $25,000 Pilot Award) for her project, “The Neural Dynamics of Real and Imagined Movement.” The project aiims to address an open question in brain computer interface (BCI) research: What are the cognitive and behavioral parameters that enable an individual to successfully control a BCI?
To address this question, she is using electroencephalogram (EEG) in combination with a visuomotor bimanual coordination task. The task resembles the popular Etch-a-Sketch toy, but was designed based on bimanual coordination dynamics and developed specifically for brain mapping studies at the Research Centre for Movement Control and Neuroplasticity in Leuven, Belgium.
In spring 2022, Sisti received a $75,000 Project Award for her project “Interhemispheric Coupling in Learning a Visuomotor Bimanual Coordination Task.”
Her publications are listed on Google Scholar.