People

Hannah Cho
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Lab Manager
Hello! I’m Hannah, and I’m a recent graduate from the Cognitive Science and Neuroscience programs at the University of Toronto. I’m currently working as the Lab Manager for the LAND Lab and the Duncan Memory Lab, and also as an Administrative Associate in the Consciousness and Wisdom Studies Lab. I’m interested in pursuing further studies in cognitive psychology, with a keen interest in learning and applying methods from varied disciplines to obtain an integrated understanding of cognitive processes. I’m particularly drawn to how different cognitive processes interact and influence each other. Outside of research, I enjoy drawing, swing dancing, and spending time with loved ones.

Gloria Rebello
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Lab Manager
Hello! I am a recent graduate from the Psychology Specialist program at the University of Toronto. My research interests broadly include the role of attention and memory on category learning as well as the perception of emotional expressions. I hope to incorporate my passion for mental health and cognitive developmental psychology in my current and future research. In my spare time, I love writing, knitting and drinking bubble tea.

Jie Ren
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Post-Doctoral Fellow
I am a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. I completed my Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Brown University, together with an En Route Master’s degree in statistics. My research is concerned with the question of how children learn. I am particularly interested in how learning and memory interact in the language domain. I use recent advances in machine learning to formulate ideal learner models to solve these problems, and then test the model predictions using behavioural measures and functional brain imaging (fMRI & fNIRS). Outside the lab, I am an opera singer.


Samantha Gualtieri
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Website
Post-Doctoral Fellow
I received my PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo. I am broadly interested in children’s learning and decision-making. My PhD work examined how young children integrate different pieces of information in their decisions, and how individual differences in children contribute to the strategies they use when making decisions.

Johnny Dubois
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@Johnny_Dubois_
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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@tessforest
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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@whartonshumthin
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 fourth 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.

Yaelan Jung
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Bernhardt-Walther Lab
Yaelan Jung’s Website
@yaelanjung
Graduate Student, Psychology
Hi! I’m Yaelan. I’m a 5th-year phd student working with Dirk B. Walther and Amy Finn. Broadly, I am interested in how our cognitive system compresses raw and complex sensory inputs from our environment into meaningful units, within and across different sensory modalities. In this lab, my research focuses on how we learn regularities at multiple levels, at the level of specific items and categories, and how this ability to learn differs in children and adults.

Adnan Shahid
Lab Programmer, Computer Science
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I am an undergrad student in Computer Science (Specialist in Software Engineering). I’m currently working as the lab programmer for the LAND lab, feel free to ask me for any help with programming if needed! I’m well versed in a variety of programming languages including Python, Java, Javascript, C, C#, R and have some experience with MatLab.

Zahra Abolghasem
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Thesis Student, Psychology
I am a fourth year undergraduate student who is in the Psychology Research Specialist Program at the University of Toronto. I am broadly interested in investigating how learning and memory change from childhood to adulthood. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking/baking, hiking, and doing yoga!

Bharat Nadendla
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Thesis Student, Psychology and Statistics
Hello! I am a third-year undergraduate student in the Psychology and Statistics programs at the University of Toronto. I am interested in studying the development and neural representation of language and other cognitive skills. I look forward to learn about and participate in conducting research related to these interests with the LAND lab. Outside of school, I spend most of my time teaching French with University of Toronto Language Exchange Initiative or relaxing with family and friends.

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!.

Alex Sahar
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Volunteer Research Associate, Psychology
Hello! I’m Alex, a fourth-year undergraduate student completing a Specialist degree in Psychology and a minor in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Toronto. My interest in development stems from my mom, who is a speech and language pathologist for younger children and who has inspired me to follow this interesting field of study. I am interested in cognitive development, especially how mechanisms such as memory, learning and reasoning differ from children to adults. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy my free time playing guitar and buying sneakers.

Kiara Lu
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Volunteer Research Associate, Health Studies and Physiology
Hello! I am currently a fourth year student studying Health Studies and Physiology. I love knowing why we do the things we do, and the field of psychology is particularly relevant in deciphering that. I am particularly interested in neural functioning and cognitive dissonance, and I am looking forward to developing skills pertaining to data analysis and the overall research process. During my free time I enjoy traveling, volunteering at the hospital, and taking photos!

Luosha Ha
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Research Associate, Psychology, Education and Society, and Sociology
Hi, I’m Luosha. I’m in my second year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education and Society, as well as Sociology. I have always been interested in children and their development so I’m very glad to be in this lab to learn more about child cognitive development and their behaviour. In my free time, I enjoying watching movies and playing the piano.

Minju Kang
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Research Associate, Psychology and Neuroscience
I am a second year undergraduate student double majoring in psychology and neuroscience at the University of Toronto. I love studying development of children and how the cognitive ability of children differ from adults. More specifically, I am interested in learning about language development. In my free time, I love reading, drawing, and playing piano.

Qianwen Xu
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Research Associate, Psychology and Statistics
Hello! My name is Qianwen, and I am a second year Psychology and Statistics student. I am interested in cognition, language, memory and brain plasticity. My time at the University of Toronto has further propelled my interests in the field of psychology and I am ready to devote my time into working in a lab and learning from brilliant professors and peer researchers! In my free time, I like watching the Dr. Phil show.

Heidi Cheng
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Research Associate, Psychology
Hello~ My name is Heidi, I have recently graduated from the University of Toronto. I am interested in looking at the developmental changes associated with working memory, especially how it affects attention and learning throughout development. For fun, I love running and photography.

Michaela Karam
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Volunteer Research Associate, Global Health and Psychology
Hello! I’m Michaela, a fourth year undergraduate student at UofT, double majoring in Global Health and Psychology. I’m particularly interested in the neuroscience of how our minds work and brain function and dysfunction in the developing, adult, and aging brain. I love working with kids and am super excited to learn more about the implications of cognitive development on learning at different stages of our lives. In my free time, I love to travel and discover the best food spots in Toronto!

Alyssa Ho
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Volunteer Research Associate, Neuroscience
Hello! I am a third-year undergraduate student specializing in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. I am interested in understanding the cognitive development of children. I’m looking forward to gaining practical research experience with the LAND lab. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and watching tv shows.

Elizabeth Chan
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Work-study student, Psychology and Education
Hey! I’m Elizabeth. I’m a second year undergraduate student in the Psychology Specialist and Education Minor programs. I am very interested in developmental psychology because it bridges two of my passions: psychology research and working with kids! In my free time, I love doing jigsaw puzzles (space permitting) and drinking bubble tea (space permitting).

Tiffany Teng
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Psychology and Biology
I am a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a specialist in Psychology and a minor in Biology. Having worked as an instructor to many children of different age groups, the relationship between memory and learning is an area of study about which I am passionate. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, travelling, and being with my friends and family.

Chana Sherrington
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Cognitive Science and Criminology
I am currently pursuing BAs in Cognitive Science and Criminology at the University of Toronto. In addition to working as a research assistant in the LANDLab I am also a media assistant for the Cognitive Science program and a copy editor for the University of Toronto Undergraduate Criminology Review. My interests focus on the cognitive aspects of adolescent delinquency, as well as the neural underpinnings of behavioural disorders associated with crime.

Jordan Yang
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Psychology
Hey there! I’m Jordan. I’m a University of Toronto graduate with majors in Cognitive Science and Linguistics, and a minor in Psychology. My research interest centres around the underlying mechanisms that foster language acquisition and other aspects of cognitive development such as learning, reasoning, and information processing. I’m thrilled to be working at the Finn LAND Lab which helps me gain practical research skills, knowledge, and prepares me for further cognitive science studies! Outside of the lab, I am a full-time film producer assistant. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, techno music, playing with my cats, and…eating good food!

Remsha Rana
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Psychology
Hi there! My name is Remsha. I’m a fourth-year undergraduate student specializing in Psychology. I’ve always loved working with children, and recently I’ve been getting more involved with research. I’m interested in pursuing graduate studies in an area of cognitive development. In my spare time I love to draw!

 

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

Aria Wills

Hailey den Elzen

Francesca Di Perna

Sabrina Szkolmowski

Erin Kim

Katrina Wugalter

Mashal Khan

Carissa DeMarinis

Jiin Kim

Kanza Naveed

Shannon Meikle

Audreymoore David

Victoria Colaluca

Lavania Jeganathan

Clarissa Wang

Chuyun Shen

Karima Tasnuva

Marlie Tandoc

Gwyneth Campbell

Kath Choi

Harry Zhu

Danielle Lim

Voula Giannoulis

Maria Mazaharally

Asha Mohamed

Emily Onyshko

Christa Shi