Cognitive Science

Brenner, C. Psychopathology with an emphasis on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Psychophysiology, including new methods of EEG and ERP quantification; endophenotypes, both EEG and behavioral measures.
Christoff, K. The cognitive and neural basis of human thought, reasoning and problem solving, including spontaneous thought processes such as mind wandering; real-time fMRI training and its application for the treatment of clinical disorders; prefrontal cortex function and organization; role of the temporal lobes and long-term memory processes for the generation of thought; neural principles of complex cognition, as revealed by functional neuroimaging (fMRI).
Coren, S. Human perception and perceptual development (vision and audition); laterality (particularly handedness); behavioral medicine; behavior genetics; general cognitive processes and sleep. Canine behavior, and human/animal bonding.
Eich, E. Department Head. Affect and cognition; functional and organic amnesia; state dependent memory.
Enns, J.T. Vision, attention, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computational vision, development of perception and attention.
Graf, P. Human memory; prospective vs retrospective memory; encoding/retrieval interactions; lifespan memory development; memory breakdown in organic amnesia and in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Handy, T. Cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, attention and its impairment in clinical populations, mind wandering, and real-world human behavior.
Kingstone, A. Cognitive ethology, social attention, brain and human behaviour.
Rensink, R. Visual cognition; visual attention; computational vision; human-computer interaction.
Suedfeld, P. The effects of challenging and stressful environments and experiences on psychological processes and behaviour, including coping, positive and negative outcomes, and both short- and long-term aftereffects. Examples of the environments and experiences studied are: living and working in extreme and unusual situations such as space vehicles and polar stations; isolation and confinement; high-level political and military decision-making; surviving genocide and persecution.
Todd, R.
Ward, L. Cognitive neuroscience of attention and consciousness with special emphasis on EEG and MEG studies of neuronal synchronization; psychophysics, biophysics and general theory of stochastic resonance; psychophysics and cognitive neuroscience of tinnitus; neural plasticity; nonlinear dynamical systems theory and its applications in cognitive neuroscience.
Werker, J. Precursors to language acquisition in infancy - speech perception, early word learning, cognitive development, and parent-infant communication. Infants from hours after birth up to toddler hood are studied using both behavioural and electrophysiological (ERP) techniques. These processes are also studied in infants growing up bilingual, and in infants with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities. Adult studies focus on speech perception and lexical processing of both spoken language and visual speech, and involve behavioural and neuroimaging studies.
Zhao, J.. I'm interested in how we detect and extract statistical structure or the lack thereof (i.e., randomness) from the environment, what mechanisms enable these processes, and how they interact with other forms of perception. In addition, my work also examines how we represent the extracted information as beliefs, and how we update our existing beliefs in light of new information. Outside the laboratory, I investigate the psychology of scarcity, identifying and explaining the cognitive consequences of resource scarcity (e.g., lack of money, time, water, or electricity), as well as designing behavioral interventions that mitigate the impact of scarcity.
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