People

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. 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. I will start my Master’s degree at the University of Toronto this fall.
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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Graduate 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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Graduate 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.
Alexandra Decker
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Graduate student, psychology
Lexi is a second year PhD student in the psychology program at U of T, and is co-supervised by Amy Finn and Katherine Duncan. Before joining the lab, she received her BA in psychology from McGill University, and her MA in psychology under the supervision of Don Mabbott at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her current research focuses on understanding why certain experiences are remembered better than others, and how the neural processes that support memory change across development.
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.
Kath Choi
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Lab programmer, computer engineering
I’m a first-year computer engineering student passionated in both biology and programming. I am really excited to be able to help out in the lab and combine my love for neuroscience and coding. I also do some hardware projects with Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Other than the technical stuff, I love travelling and sports, especially swimming.
Harry Zhu
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Work study student, 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.
Kanza Naveed
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Work study student, neuroscience
I am currently a second-year undergraduate student, specializing in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. I am especially passionate about human biology and developmental psychology; hence neuroscience is the perfect combination of the two. I am interested in further exploring how early childhood adversity can affect neural pathways and how it may impact learning abilities of children. I hope that while working at LAND lab, I will be able to witness some of the amazing research that is happening in the field of developmental psychology. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Zahra Abolghasem
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NSERC USRA student, psychology and physiology
I am a third year undergraduate student who is specializing in Psychology and minoring in Physiology 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.
Jiin Kim
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and neuroscience
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, psychology and human biology
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.
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.
Sabrina Szkolmowski
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and human biology
I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in both human biology and psychology. I am especially interested in cognitive development and am eager to further my knowledge and understanding of this field by joining the Finn LAND lab. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking, and being outdoors.
Shannon Meikle
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and neuroscience
I am a second year undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Toronto. I am interested in the neurological differences emerging in our childhoods that make us uniquely talented and individual adults. As an adult second-language learner, the work being done at the LAND lab on language acquisition in children and adults is extremely relevant to my interests. When I’m not studying, I can be found singing with my choir, practicing my Mandarin with friends, and trying to find the best bubble tea in Toronto.
Inayat Singh
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and cognitive science
I am currently a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science. I’ve always been interested in research, development, and cognition, and thus, hope to expand my knowledge at the LAND lab. I love learning about memory, particularly the way in which it shapes our understanding. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, listening to music and trying out new places to eat!.
Sunny Wang
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Volunteer research associate, psychology
Hi there! I am approaching my fourth year, completing my Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. During the academic year, I work in a Numerical Cognition lab, studying how children come to understand number meanings. I am passionate about clinical and cognitive neuroscience and am eager to further my learning in the Finn LAND lab during the summer of 2018. Outside of the lab, I love to bake (I make a mean Japanese cheesecake), write poetry, and play the ukulele and piano!.
Hailey den Elzen
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and African studies
I am a fourth year psychology major and Africana studies minor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. At Wellesley, I am a research assistant in the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Development where I enjoy working on studies that look at the gestures preschoolers and adults produce and the biases adults may have when learning a language. I am excited to be a part of the Finn LAND lab this summer and have the opportunity to gain new research experience. I love to cook, read, and go for long walks with my dog.
Erin Kim
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Volunteer research associate, neuroscience and psychology
I am a second-year undergraduate student planning to double major in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Toronto. I am especially interested in development psychology and look forward to contributing to the research done at the LAND lab on cognitive development. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and watching international films in languages I am studying.
Mira Dhaliwal
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and sociology
I am an undergraduate student in psychology and sociology with a passion for the mind. I am especially interested in developmental and abnormal psychology, and I hope to gain further insight into the cognitive development of children as well as better understand the current work going on in cognitive and developmental psychology. When I am not in class or studying, I am usually reading about other sciences and baking towers of cookies.
Carissa DeMarinis
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Volunteer research associate, neuroscience, psychology and physiology
I am entering my third year at U of T and completing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology along with a minor in Physiology. I am broadly interested in neural development and understanding the mechanisms behind learning in children and hope to pursue graduate studies in a related field in the future. Outside the lab, I enjoy teaching and playing the piano and trying out different food spots in the city.
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.
Francesca Di Perna
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Volunteer research associate, psychology and neuroscience
I am currently a third year undergraduate, majoring in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Toronto. I am particularly interested in understanding how our early childhood experiences influence our cognitive skills as we grow older. I hope to further learn about the fundamentals of psychology in the LAND lab and widen my research experience.

 

Collaborating students and post-docs 

Kevin Himberger
Honey Lab

 

Collaborators

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

Andrew Bauer

Nika Zahedi Neysiani

Parandis Kazemi

Yifan Bai

Henrique Matulis

Noel Yuen

Arshee Faizullah