"My name is Todd Nelson. I am Nlaka’pamux from Spuzzum First Nation in 'British Columbia' on my father’s side and South Korean on my mother’s side. I lived in Saudi Arabia for most of my childhood and only moved back in grade 11. Although I grew up immersed in Korean and Arabic culture, I was not exposed to my First Nation’s culture and traditions at all. Regretfully, I didn’t have the connections to my community until quite recently. I am now beginning to get more involved with my community and learning as much as I can. I am also an undergraduate student in Behavioural Neuroscience where I am conducting an honours thesis looking into methods to combat tremours in golfers. My time is also spent as a member of the Indigenous Reconciliation Committee. While I am still in the life-long process of learning, I hope to meaningfully contribute to reconciliation within the Psychology Department.
I initially began my undergrad in Kinesiology as I was fascinated with the human body. However, I soon became fascinated with the brain and how it worked from a physiological perspective. I quickly switched to Behavioural Neuroscience which allowed me to continue studying human physiology in great depths while emphasizing the brain and its role in human behaviour. The breadth of classes available in my program is unbelievable!"
Todd Nelson is a Behavioural Neuroscience undergraduate student and one of the current Undergraduate Representatives on the SFU psychology department's Indigenous Reconciliation Committee.
This post was originally posted on the SFU Psychology Instagram on March 1, 2022.