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Erez Freud

Principal Investigator

Erez is the head of the lab. His interests are neuropsychology of the visual system, object recognition, visuomotor control and developmental Psychology.



Yael Goldstein-Marcusohn

Post-Doctoral Fellow

I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel. My research interests include neuropsychology of the visual system, visual perception, embodied cognition, and language processing. My current work focuses on the dorsal pathway and the involvement of attentional processes in shape sensitivity.

Tasfia Ahsan

Graduate Student

I am a PhD student in the Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science stream. Currently, I am investigating how depth information modulates perceptual precision using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques. On the side, I really enjoy watching trashy tv shows and talking about my multiple plant babies.

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Zoha Ahmad

Graduate Student

I am a PhD student in York University’s Biology program. I completed my BSc (Honours) in Biology at York University with a minor in Psychology. My current research interest is focused on alterations in the development of visuomotor representations. In my free time, I love to travel, try new foods and learn about the human mind!

Emily Fewster

Master's Student

I'm a first-year master's student in the Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science program interested in visuomotor specialization in adults with and without autism. My research uses novel video analysis techniques to explore the behavioural underpinnings of this topic. My broader fascination lies in how visual perception shapes our construction of reality, and how this changes over development. Beyond my studies, I enjoy video games, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends.

Felicia Tassone

Master's Student

Hi there! My name is Felicia and I’m a first-year master’s student in the Freud lab. My research interests span many topics, including perception, memory, attention, vision, neurodivergence, and mental health. I am currently researching the action-perception dissociation in older adults. Outside of research, I love to spend time with friends, travel, watch films/shows, draw and paint, read, and do yoga/pilates.

Mario Costantino

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student in York’s Neuroscience program, specializing in behavioural cognitive sciences. I am interested in understanding how the brain processes visual information and how changes in the visual environment can impact perception and action. I am also currently working on my 4th year capstone where I am working along Dr. Freud and others to investigate action prediction in individuals with autism. In my free time I love watching movies, swimming, and making food!

Nathaniel Goldstein

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I'm an Hons. BSc student intrigued by cognitive neuroscience research informed by modern technology. Since 2020, I've been active in the Centre for Vision Research (CVR) where I've been honing my skills through two NSERC USRAs ('22 & '23) to date. I'm currently investigating visuomotor interactions in augmented reality (AR) in a collaborative project with Dr. Laurie Wilcox. In my spare time I love biking and studying foreign languages!

Noya Aronovich

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I’m a third-year Specialized Honours Psychology student at York University. My current research interests include how our visual perception and actions play a role in our day-to-day life. Specifically, how we interact with objects, individuals, and how we perceive our environment. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family.

Lexi Bastone

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Lexi and I am a third-year undergraduate student in the molecular and cellular neuroscience program. I am interested in a variety of research topics, including visual perception, sensorimotor processes, learning and memory, and cognitive development. Outside of the lab, I love to play the piano and sing, read, and spend time with family and friends.

Ilana Tulbovich

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am a second year undergraduate student in the Neuroscience program. My interests include the way our perception of visual stimuli is affected by different environmental and developmental factors, as well as how this leads to the way we act upon the stimulus. I am also interested in how our research in this field translates into both everyday and clinical contexts. In my free time, I enjoy working out, playing guitar, and spending time with my family and friends.

Batya Urowitz Kaufman

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Batya Urowitz Kaufman and I am a second year neuroscience student. I am especially interested in studying neurodivergent versus neurotypical people, and the different ways in which they perceive specific stimuli, such as body cues, and how those stimuli affect their actions. In my spare time I enjoy singing, and am a part of York's a cappella group, being active, and value my time with loved ones. 

Lab Alumni:

Rachel Moreau(2020-2022)- Master student

Carmel Camilleri (2021-2022) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Daniela De Giammarino (2021-2022) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Andreja Stajduhar (2019-2021) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

David Eldridge (2020-2021) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emily Davidson (2019-2020) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kathryn Bolton (2019-2020) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Krista Chiasson (2019-2020) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Angelina Heidebrecht (2020-2021) - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Amina Khan (2020-2021) - Undergraduate Research Assistant