Travis Baker
    Research Axis
    Brain and Child Development

    514 345-4931 #4148


    Research Project Title

    Optimizing multi-modal neuroimaging methods and re-training interventions to examine and improve cognitive control functioning in addiction

    University Program



    Université de Montréal

    Research Interests

    It is increasingly evident that addiction is fundamentally a disorder of neural mechanisms that implement reward-related learning, but individual differences in the transition to addiction remain largely unexplored. Understanding such differences is critical for the development of therapies that are tailored appropriately for different subpopulations of substance abusers. To address this issue, my post-doctoral research involves the development of multi-modal neuroimaging approaches (fMRI, DTI, EEG/ERP, and TMS) for understanding individual variations in cognitive function and dysfunction in addiction. Specifically, my primary scientific interest concerns the following questions: how complex reward representations (effort, saliency, motivation) are functionally connected and organized in the brain, how these contribute to individual differences in cognitive function and dysfunction, whether such dysfunction can be rehabilitated, and how early onset of alcohol use impacts brain structure and function during adolescence.

    Awards and Distinctions

    • CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2012
    • CIHR Research Competition: Silver Medal, 2011
    • APA Dissertation Competition Nomination, 2011
    • W. H. Gaddes Award, 2009
    • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada, Graduate Scholarships, CIHR Doctoral Award, 2009
    • Robert and Douglas Vickery Graduate Award, 2008
    • Presidents Research Award, 2008
    • IDC Invention Competition Award, 2008
    • Presidents Research Award, 2007
    • The Integrated Mentor Program in Addictions, Research Training, Doctoral Award, 2007
    • IDC Invention Competition Award, 2007
    • Micheal Smith Foundation / UVic Health Research Fellowship, 2006
    • Exceptional Research Merit Award, University of Victoria, 2006


    • Baker,T. E., & Holroyd, C. B. (2012). The Topographical N170: Electrophysiological Explorations of Human Parahippocampal Cortex Function. 13th Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Canada; Vancouver.
    • Baker, T.E. (2011). Dissociable roles of prefrontal and parahippocampal cortical theta oscillations in goal directed virtual maze navigation. International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience IX. Mallorca: Spain.
    • Baker, T. E., Stockwell, T., Barnes, G., Haesevoets, R., Macleod, P., and Holroyd, C.B. (2010). Genetics, Drugs, and Cognitive Control: Individual Differences Underlying Substance Dependence. 4th Meeting of the Symposium on Motivational and Cognitive Control. United Kingdom, Oxford.

    Selected Publications

    • Holroyd, C.B., Hosseini, A. H., & Baker, T. E. (in press). ERPs and EEG Oscillations, Best Friends Forever: comment on Cohen et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
    • Baker, T. E., & Holroyd, C. B. (2011). Dissociated roles of the anterior cingulate cortex in reward and conflict processing as revealed by the feedback error-related negativity and N200. Biological Psychology, 87, 25-34.
    • Baker, T. E., Stockwell, T., Barnes, G., and Holroyd, C. B. (2011). Individual Differences in Substance Dependence: At the Intersection of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition. Addiction Biology, 16, 458-466
    • Baker, T. E., & Holroyd, C. B. (2009). Which way do I go? Neural activation in response to feedback and spatial processing in a virtual T-Maze. Cerebral Cortex 19, 1708-1722
    • Holroyd, C. B., Baker, T. E., Kerns, K. A., Müller, U. (2008) Electrophysiological evidence of atypical motivation and reward processing in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Neuropsychologia, 46, 2234-2242.
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