University/Baycrest research on the Memory
of Birders !!
that is conducted in our lab involves investigating the areas of the brain
involved in memory for personal events and facts acquired a long time ago. We
are especially interested in testing birders' memory, particularly those who
keep detailed journals relating to bird sightings (including web postings).
Birders represent a unique group, as they are experts in visually
discriminating bird species, and this appears to involve the same parts of the
brain that are involved in humans' ability (birders and non-birders) to
perceive other people's faces!!
Currently, we are looking for individuals who
have extensive experience as bird watchers (10 years or more), between the
ages of 35-65 to take part in our behavioural or MRI (magnetic resonance
imaging) studies. The imaging study involves scanning birders with MRI as they
recollect past experiences relating to bird sightings in comparison to
recalling facts about various types of birds. Scanning would take place at Baycrest. The behavioural study involves testing individual's memory for
personal experiences and facts relating to birds with paper-pencil and
computerized tasks and would take place at York University.
receive monetary compensation for their participation.
If you think you would
be interested in participating in this new and exciting research study, and/or
would like some more information pertaining to this study, please feel free to
email me privately at
expert knowledge and memory of birds is exactly what we are looking for to
help us answer our research questions.
Stephanie Hornyak, MSc
PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology
York University, Toronto