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BRAIN, BEHAVIOR AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE FACULTY
FACULTY MEMBER RESEARCH INTEREST OTHER AREA AFFILIATIONS
ROBERT ALLISON
(PhD York)
Human perception of motion and depth. Psychophysical and computational methods to study depth perception in natural and virtual environments. Applications to the design of the human-computer interface for virtual reality and simulator systems. Other interests include computer vision; the measurement and analysis of eye movements and related applications; and the measurement and perception of human motion.

CHRISTOPHER BERGEVIN
(PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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Auditory processing (peripheral), Multi-sensory integration, Comparative
approaches to understanding hearing, Acoustics, Absolute pitch
Also appointed to the Graduate Program in Physics & Astronomy

J. DOUGLAS CRAWFORD
(PhD Western Ontario)

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Systems, cognitive, and computational neuroscience; visual-motor transformations. Neural mechanisms and computational principles used by the brain to perceive 3-D space and generate accurate 3-D orienting movements. Visual consequences and control of eye movements, eye and head gaze shifts, and visually guided arm movements.

JOSEPH DeSOUZA
(PhD in Neuroscience Western Ontario)

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Eye movements, hand and pointing movements, motion processing pathways and how these mechanisms are modulated by attentional mechanisms and how the brain processes sensory information until the final motor movement (coordinate transformations); employs a systems neuroscience approach using the technologies of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electrophysiology. Web site: www.braindetective.com

Centre for Vision Research

Also appointed to the Graduate Program in Biology

JAMES H. ELDER
(PhD McGill)

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Psychophysics and computational modelling of visual perception. Computer vision. Perceptual organization, visual detection, natural scene statistics, visual attention, shape perception, neural modeling. Applications in visual surveillance, remote learning and geomatics. www.elderlab.yorku.ca

MAZYAR FALLAH
(PhD Princeton University)

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Visual Perception and Attention Lab. Systems and cognitive neuroscience approaches to understanding attentional mechanisms, feature binding and object processing. Techniques include psychophysics, eye movement analysis, and neuroimaging (EEG).

Centre for Vision Research
Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program

Also appointed to the Graduate Program in Biology, Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Health Science

MICHAEL FRIENDLY
(PhD Princeton)

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The development of methods for statistical graphics and data analysis, with particular emphasis on graphical methods for categorical data. History of data visualization. Exploratory data analysis, interactive computing and psychological scaling.

Developmental Science

LAURENCE R. HARRIS
(PhD Cambridge)

The Harrislab multisensory integration laboratory explores the ways in which we combine information from different senses. How do hearing, vision, touch, and sensory information about body movement and position combine to tell us where and when events happen and what the body’s current position and orientation is? Techniques include eye and head tracking, psychophysics and virtual reality.

Developmental Science

DENISE Y. HENRIQUES
(PhD York)

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Sensorimotor control and learning; eye, head, limb movements and coordination; vision, haptics, kinesthesia; sensorimotor integration.

KARI L. HOFFMAN
(PhD in Neuroscience Univeristy of Arizona)

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Face and object perception, learning and memory. Use of large-scale electrophysiological recordings to track cell assembly formation during behavioral and sleep epochs. Emphasis on the use of behaviorally-relevant, social stimuli and untrained behavioral responses.

 

SUZANNE E. MacDONALD
(PhD Alberta)

Comparative cognition, including learning and memory processes in primate species.

 

RICHARD F. MURRAY
(PhD Toronto)

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Visual perception. Psychophysics. Computational and mathematical modelling. 2D and 3D shape. Perceptual organization. Visual attention. Natural scene statistics. Signal detection theory. See www.yorku.ca/rfm

SUSAN MURTHA
(PhD Carleton)

Cognitive neuroscience. Investigating attention and memory (facilitation and/or attenuation) by exploring the neural underpinnings of function through computerized testing procedures or brain imaging in the young, healthy aging population or in those patients at the very early stages of dementia.

Developmental Science

HIROSHI ONO
(PhD Stanford)
(Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus)

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Space perception, binocular vision, eye movement.

History and Theory of Psychology

DAVID M. REGAN
(PhD DSc London)
(Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus)
 FRSC 

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Human brain research. Visual psychophysics: spatial form vision, figure-ground, depth vision, motion, colour, spatial discriminations. Auditory psychophysics: AM and FM channels, auditory localization, speech perception. Human evoked potentials and magnetic brain responses (sensory), visual and auditory. Somatosensation. Application of visual and auditory psychophysics and brain recording to medicine (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, amblyopia). Vision in aviation and driving. Eye movements.

Clinical, Clinical Developmental, Developmental Science

JOSÉE RIVEST
(PhD Harvard)

Visual perception; shape perception in brain damaged individuals and normals. How different visual attributes such as colour, luminance, texture and motion are integrated together to provide visual analyses.

 

KEITH SCHNEIDER
(PhD Universtiy of Rochester)
 

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Cognitive neuroscience; architecture and principles of the human visual system; attention, perception, salience and awareness.

Centre for Vision Research

Also appointed to the Graduate Program in Biology

LAUREN SERGIO
(PhD McGill)

Behavioural and fMRI studies of eye-hand coordination; neural mechanisms underlying visually guided reaching in parietal and premotor cortex; control of voluntary movement in neurological patient populations. Web page: www.yorku.ca/lsergio

IRWIN SILVERMAN
(PhD Rochester)
(Professor Emeritus)
 

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Human ethology and evolutionary psychology.

Clinical, Clinical Developmental, Developmental Science , History and Theory of Psychology, Social and Personality

JENNIFER STEEVES
(PhD York University)

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Scene and face processing, psychophysics and neuroimaging in neurological patients and healthy controls.

MARTIN J. STEINBACH
(PhD M.I.T.)
(Distinguished Research Professor)

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Abnormal visual perception and eye movements. Studying the oculomotor control mechanisms of people who have had misaligned eyes (strabismus, or squint) surgically or pharmacologically treated has led to insights about the anatomy of sensory structures in eye muscles and the role they play in telling the brain which way the eyes are pointing. The visual adaptations children make after losing one eye at an early age are also providing insights about the consequences of visual deprivation during critical periods in development. We are also studying changes to visual functioning produced by macular degeneration in aging people.

WOLFGANG STUERZLINGER
(PhD Vienna University of Technology)

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Human performance in 3D user interfaces, including the effects of depth perception on 3D interaction. Models of Gestalt perception and the use of such models to improve user interfaces. Human error behaviour and learning in user interfaces. Other interests include 3D user interfaces, virtual reality, and human-computer interaction.

NEIL WIENER
(PhD New York)
(Professor Emeritus)

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The analyses of sociobiological theories as applied to within and between human group differences.

LAURIE M. WILCOX
(PhD Western Ontario)

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Fundamental and applied aspects of stereoscopic (3D) depth perception with a focus on how stereopsis is used in the ‘real world’; understanding how the brain achieves such an exquisite depth percept from such complex information; modelling how it is then capable of reconstructing depth in impoverished stimuli.

Also appointed to the Graduate Program in Biology.

FRANCES WILKINSON
(PhD Dalhousie)

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Visual perception with particular emphasis on face and shape recognition. Involvement of the visual system in migraine.

Developmental Science

HUGH WILSON
(PhD Chicago)
Psychophysics of form vision and motion perception, face perception, neural modeling of cortical visual function, FMRI brain imaging of human visual cortical areas, nonlinear dynamics. Also appointed to the Graduate Program in Biology

THILO WOMELSDORF (PhD Georg August University)

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Attentional control, Decision making, Reinforcement learning: The lab's work focuses on the neuronal computations and network mechanisms underlying attentional control and value based decision making. The major approach is the physiological characterization of neuronal activity in large scale networks and microcircuits and its link to higher cognitive (attentional) processes.

Also appointed to the Graduate Program in Biology
FACULTY FROM OTHER AREAS AFFILIATED WITH THE BRAIN, BEHAVIOR AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE AREA
FACULTY MEMBER PRIMARY AREA AFFILIATION RESEARCH INTEREST

SCOTT A. ADLER
(PhD Rutgers)

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Developmental Science

Infants’ visual, attentional and memory development from a neuroscience perspective. Specific topics include the relation between cognitive processes and young infants’ formation of future-oriented expectations for the spatial, temporal, and content information of visual events; the interface between visual expectations and memory processes; development of mechanisms for selective attention and visual search; development of object recognition; and the processes involved in infants’ control and execution of eye movements.

JAMES M. BEBKO
(PhD York)

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Clinical, Developmental Science

Cognitive and attention skills in children with autism, developmental disabilities and children who are deaf. Roles of metacognition (awareness of self) and language proficiency (e.g., English or signed systems) in the cognitive development of these groups. Early identification; assessment methods; intervention effectiveness.

ELLEN BIALYSTOK
(PhD Toronto)

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Developmental Science

Cognitive development and literacy acquisition in monolingual and bilingual children, development of executive processes across the lifespan, and effect of bilingualism on cognitive aging. Methods include studying participants of all ages (4-80 years) using behavioural and imaging techniques.

JOANNA BLAKE
(PhD City University of New York)
(Professor Emeritus)

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Developmental Science

Prelinguistic development and the relation of babbling, gestures and sensorimotor abilities during infancy to the acquisition of language. Phylogenetic continuity in precursors to language. Cognitive correlates of language impairment. Book reading styles to young children and their relation to language measures.

CAROLINE DAVIS
(PhD York
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Social and Personality

Aetiological factors in the development of eating disorders, compulsive overeating, and obesity. Issues related to the biological basis of personality and how this relates to disordered eating, and other addictive behaviours, are also considered.

JOHN EASTWOOD
(PhD Waterloo)

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Clinical Explores how the emotional state of an observer, and also the emotional significance of environmental information, influences the deployment of attention. Exploring the experience of boredom, and individual differences that impact on susceptibility to boredom. Focused on gaining a better understanding of basic psychological processes, as well as examining issues that relate more specifically to clinical psychology.

VINOD GOEL
(PhD U of California at Berkeley)

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Developmental Science Cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. Understanding the cognitive and neurophysiological structures and processes underlying human reasoning and problem solving abilities. Verbal protocol analysis studies of normal and patient populations, computational modelling, and neuroimaging techniques involving Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI). Bridging the “gap” between cognitive and neurophysiological vocabularies.

CHRISTOPHER D. GREEN
(PhD Toronto
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History and Theory of Psychology History of American experimental psychology (ca. 1880-1930). Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, and his Analytical Engine. Research methods and statistics. Development and delivery of electronic research and educational materials (websites, digital video, podcasts, etc.)

JANICE JOHNSON
(PhD York)

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Developmental Science Cognitive development, individual differences, and cognitive process analysis. Culture-fair assessment of cognitive capacity in mainstream and special developmental samples (e.g., deaf, gifted, ESL, language delayed); children’s intuitive reasoning in mathematics; measurement of executive functions in children and adults; cognitive style and language processing; cognitivedevelopmental factors in metaphor comprehension; mental arousal/motivation as factors in cognitive performance.

MARIA LEGERSTEE
(PhD Université du Québec à Montréal)

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Developmental Science The study of Developmental processes that enable changes in the development of infants’ and childrens’ understanding of people’s minds (Theory of Mind (ToM) during the first 5 years of life. The mechanism that influence this development; the role social factors play in the development of precursors to ToM, such as maternal interactive skills on the development of intentional communication, attention and emotions during the first year of life. How Maternal mental state talk influences child mental state language (gestures and words) and pretense during the second and third year of life, and the effects of maternal discourse and altruistic behavior on mental state awareness and moral reasoning during the 4th and 5th year of life.

RAYMOND A. MAR
(University of Toronto)

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Social and Personality Projection of the self into fictional narratives. Ascription of intentionality to abstract social agents. Individual differences in, and the core processes of, empathy and social understanding. Imagination. Stimulation based theories of language comprehension. And the neural underpinnings of these processes.

TIMOTHY MOORE
(Chair / Professor Department of Psychology,Glendon College)

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ClinicalDevelopmental Psychology FASD and the criminal justice system; forensic psychology.

NORMAN PARK
(PhD Toronto)

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Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences Investigates the cognitive and neuropsychological processes associated with perceiving, remembering, and performing goal-directed naturalistic actions. Has a particular interest in the roles of attention and memory. Based on this understanding develops and evaluates methods of neuropsychological rehabilitation of brain-injured individuals.

JUAN PASCUAL-LEONE
(MD Valencia, PhD Geneva)
(Professor Emeritus)

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Developmental Science Cognitive development and neuropsychology. Mental attention, working memory, executive functions, intelligence, representation, problem-solving, learning, and their organismic processes. Methods of task analysis. Epistemology/metatheories of human science. NeoPiagetian research on childhood, infancy, adulthood and aging.

JILL B. RICH
(PhD Victoria)

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Clinical Primary research focus is on different aspects of memory processing (e.g., semantic memory, implicit memory, source memory, prospective memory) and cognition in healthy young individuals, normal aging, and mild cognitive impairment (a transitional stage between healthy aging and dementia) . Her clinical work involves neuropsychological assessment, particularly for differential diagnosis of dementia in geriatric populations.

R. SHAYNA ROSENBAUM
(PhD Toronto)

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Clinical Studies the organization of different types of memory in the brain using cognitive, neuropsychological, and functional neuroimaging methods. Patient and fMRI studies of recent and remote memory; hippocampal and cortical contributions to episodic, semantic, and spatial memory; representation of theory of mind and the self in prefrontal and temporoparietal cortex.

ERIN C. ROSS
(PhD Western Ontario)

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Social and Personality

How psychologists conceptualize and research lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. Stereotypes of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse survivors.

ANNE E. RUSSON
(PhD Montreal)

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Developmental Science Comparative/evolutionary studies of nonhuman primates, especially the great apes (orangutans, chimpanzees) and especially cognitive development. Imitation and other forms of social learning, tool use, ecological problem solving (arboreal and foraging problems), and the evolution of primate and great ape intelligence. Study of various facets of orangutan intelligence and cognitive ecology in free-ranging ex-captive orangutans in Indonesian Borneo.

W. DALE STEVENS
(PhD University of Toronto)

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Developmental Science Cognition and aging neuroscience: Specialization, organization, and interaction of brain systems that underlie human conceptual processing, and the related processes of memory and perceptual abstraction. Behavioural, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging methodologies (e.g., fMRI) are used to investigate how cognitive abstraction underlies our ability to grasp, retain, and retrieve information in the form of conceptual knowledge, and how these processes are affected by healthy aging, and by developmental and neurological disorders.

MELODY WISEHEART
(PhD U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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Developmental Science Life-span developmental changes in factors that underlie cognitive flexibility. Working memory, inhibition and processing speed. Neural and behavioural measures of executive control and error processing. Using cognitive psychology to optimize learning and retention of educational materials. Distributed practice, testing and feedback effects

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