Kay Otsubo
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Lab manager
I recently completed my Honours Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto. Currently, I am the lab manager for both the Finn LAND Lab and the Buchsbaum CocoDev Lab, as well as the manager for the Child Study Centre at UofT. By working in this lab, I have had the opportunity to combine my passion for cognitive and neuroscience research with my love for working with children. My research interests include how children learn from other people given various social information and how children develop complex cognitive abilities, such as Theory of Mind, to assist them in these social tasks. In the future, I hope to pursue graduate school in developmental psychology to explore more about the social cognitive development of children.
Andrew Bauer
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Postdoctoral researcher, cognitive neuroscience
I received my Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. My research aims to characterize how and where knowledge is neurally represented in the brain, and how the brain changes as new concepts are learned. I am also interested in applications of this research to education and instructional design.
Johnny Dubois
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Graduate student, psychology
I graduated from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, with a BSc (hons) in Psychology, working with Dr. Nicholas Watier on mindfulness and cognition. Prior to grad school I worked as a research assistant at Pine River Institute, a residential treatment center for youth with addiction, near Shelburne, ON. My PhD work focuses on exploring developmental changes in implicit/non-declarative memory, and the neural correlates of these processes.
Tess Forest
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Graudate student, psychology
Hello! I’m Tess, a PhD student in the LAND lab. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and completed my undergraduate degree in Cognitive Systems and Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. I also spent some time working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, in the Netherlands. I’m interested in how language learning mechanisms operate, their development over time, and how that contributes to differences in language learning abilities between adults and children. In my free time I like to cook, knit, and spend time outside… either running, backpacking, skiing, or canoeing!
Erika Wharton-Shukster
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Graudate student, psychology
I recently completed my Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto. Previously, I had the pleasure of working as study coordinator in a neuroimaging lab studying functional neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital. As someone who finds children as fascinating as they are entertaining, I’m excited to study their learning! Specifically, I’m hoping to investigate the mechanisms behind how children process and remember information differently than adults and across development. Outside the lab, I play drums in two bands, write music, and compulsively add to my plant collection.
Helen Liu
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Thesis student, psychology and physiology
I am currently in my fourth year of undergrad, completing a Psychology Research Specialist and a minor in Physiology at the University of Toronto. I am conducting my thesis in Dr.Finn’s lab as a continuation of my mini-thesis project on investigating characteristics of statistical learning towards language acquisition. My future plans are to become a research focused physician and continue learning more about the brain and its intricacies through my research.
Danielle Lim
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Thesis student, psychology and english
I am currently a third year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, completing a research specialization in psychology, as well as a minor in English literature. I am passionate about listening to voices that are often unheard and about understanding experiences that are often misunderstood. As part of my mini-thesis in the LAND lab, I will be examining differences in memory processes between children and adults, and more specifically, how the ways in which we segment our experiences influence our abilities to remember events. In my life beyond the screen, I love reading and watching plays, meeting new people, and spending time with my family, especially my wonderful little sister.
Chuyun Shen
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Thesis student, psychology
I’m an undergraduate student going into my fourth year, completing a Psychology Research Specialist degree. For my thesis, I hope to conduct research on language acquisition, especially the disparities in language learning ability between children and adults. I have always been interested in studying and working with children, and I’m just starting to work in a hospice involving children. Outside of the lab, I like to paint, dance, and read.
Harry Zhu
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Volunteer research associate, statistics and mathematics
Salutations! My name is Harry and I am a third year statistics/math major from Port Elgin, Ontario. I hope to further improve my knowledge in the mathematical fields and working with large databases through other practical disciplines like psychology here at UofT! My personal interests include the visual arts, physical activity, long walks on the beach, naps, and questionable amounts of dry humor.
Jiin Kim
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Volunteer research associate, neuroscience and psychology
I am currently a second-year undergraduate student, double majoring in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Toronto. I am interested in the field of developmental psychology. Specifically, I am interested in the study of psychological changes that occur throughout our lives and how our early childhood experiences affect our adulthood. I hope to broaden my research experiences and make a meaningful contribution to the LAND lab.
Aria Wills
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Volunteer research associate, human biology and psychology
I am a third year undergraduate student, double majoring in human biology and psychology at the University of Toronto. The cognitive abilities of children always astound me and I am particularly interested in understanding more about abstract learning processes such as statistical learning. In my spare time, I dance as a U of T Varsity Pom Team member, go to Jays games and enjoy reading Camus.
Henrique Matulis
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Lab programmer, computer science
Hello! I am a computer science student at uoft, and psychology is a nifty topic. I program things for the lab like experiments, and help making stimuli. If anyone in the lab needs any help learning some basic things, or making an experiment or stimuli with a program they should shoot me an email. One of my hobbies is dancing. Cheers!
Arshee Faizullah
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Research opportunity program, neuroscience and genome biology
Second year undergraduate student of the University of Toronto, completing a double major in Neuroscience and Genome Biology, as well as a minor in Buddhism, Mental health and Psychology. Passionate about contributing to the scientific research side of psychology, to help increase the world’s understanding of how the brain works. I have prior experience in conducting a detailed meta-analysis of the localization of function in the brain, which involved recreating a schema and memory cognitive experiment by Loftus et al. Excited to join the LAND lab in order to explore the cognitive functions of adults vs. youth, particularly in how different they process and categorize information in order to understand their environment.
Noel Yuen
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Research opportunity program, psychology and immunology
I am currently a second-year undergraduate student, completing a specialist in psychology with a minor in immunology. I have done psychological research in the past, hence applying for a research opportunity at the LAND Lab. I am interested in the field of developmental psychology, particularly the way in which development can shape learning. When I am not studying, playing netball as well as spending time with my family and friends!
Zahra Abolghasem
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Volunteer research associate, psychology
I am a second-year undergraduate student who is specializing in Psychology at the University of Toronto. I am passionate about many of the different branches of psychology, but my main interest lies within the field of developmental psychology, and I have a particular fascination for cognitive development. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking/baking, hiking, and painting.
Yifan Bai
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Lab programmer, computer science and mathematics
I am currently a third year undergraduate student in University of Toronto, majoring in computer science and mathematics. My research interests include data science and artificial intelligence. I participated in Fields Undergraduate Summer Research Program last summer and my project was to simulate a rapidly spinning baseball using Lattice Boltzmann Method. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and swimming.
Parandis Kazemi
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Individual project, neuroscience and psychology
I am currently in my fourth year of undergraduate studies majoring in neuroscience and psychology. I have always been very passionate about the field of cognitive development and the use of behavioral paradigms and neuroimaging techniques to unravel the mysteries about human cognition. Throughout the following year, I am going to work on a project about whether there is a tradeoff in distributional vs. categorical learning as reflected by the memory precision and whether this tradeoff changes with development!
Sophia Liao
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Volunteer research associate, neuroscience and psychology
I am a third year neuroscience specialist and psychology minor at the University of Toronto. I’m interested in understanding how the underlying brain structure gives rise to particular physiological and behavioural outcomes. I’m hoping to further explore the marriage between psychology and neuroscience here at the LAND lab, and broaden my overall knowledge of the research progress along the way.
Gloria Rebello
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and human biology
Hello 🙂 I am a second year undergraduate student, double majoring in psychology and human biology at the University of Toronto. My favourite field of psychology is developmental. I love learning about all the aspects especially cognitive and memory development. I love learning different languages and when I’m not doing school related stuff, I enjoy listening to music and reading.
Lavania Jeganathan
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and French
I am currently a third year undergraduate student, completing a double major in psychology and French at the University of Toronto Scarborough. I’m interested in understanding the cognitive pathways associated with the acquisition of language in both children and adults, so we can better their language learning experiences! 😊 In my free time, I enjoy dancing and helping first generation students navigate their academics.


Collaborating students and post-docs 

Kevin Himberger
Honey Lab
Alexandra Decker
Mabbott Lab



Mark D’Esposito

Angela Duckworth

Marc Ettlinger

John Gabrieli

Brian Galla

Carla L Hudson Kam

Priya Kalra

Taraz Lee

Julia Leonard

Allyson Mackey

Jennifer Minas

Tyler Perrachione

Zeynep Saygin

Margaret Sheridan

Zhenghan Qi


Lab Alumni

Alyssa Payne

Ed Ntiri

Natalie Holtby

Victoria Antinucci

Ahskan Kiyomarsi

Maryam Refai

Priscilla Fung

Theresa Pham