Calvin Lu

Calvin Lu

Graduate Student , Kinesiology
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Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

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Calvin Lu is a doctoral student from the Department of Kinesiology, studying under Dr. Bradley Hatfield as his advisor. Current research emphasis is on 1) assessment of cognitive workload based on cerebral cortical dynamics during simulation training (i.e., flight simulation, and firefighting command simulation), and 2) the relationship between cardiovascular dynamics, i.e., heart rate variability (HRV) and cortical dynamics, i.e.,electroencephalography (EEG) on the stress response. Over the years he has been involved in various research projects funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). These projects aimed to understand human performance from a neurocognitive perspective, utilizing biomarkers such as EEG and HRV to provide robust measures of stress and cognitive overload. His Master’s thesis was conducted on examining the acute effects of slow-paced breathing on increasing parasympathetic activity and a decrease in cortical activity (engaging in relaxation). His doctoral dissertation research aims to utilize firefighting command simulation training to help improve stress resilience and enhance decision making of young officers (lieutenants) who are aiming for promotions (captain).