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.

Samantha Gualtieri
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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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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 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.

Ribhav Kapur
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Lab Programmer, Computer Science
I am a 4th year Computer Science student focusing in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Toronto. I am extremely interested in doing research in AI and formulating new learning methods to create smarter and more efficient architectures. My goal is to be able to create an AI being that is conscious (of course the definition of consciousness itself is a very deep question) and that gathers some sort of a deep emotional response from humans. I am extremely fascinated by the brain, consciousness, and how we perceive everything around us and how and why we feel the emotions that we do and how we learn things over our lifetime.

Jialin Song
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Mini-Thesis Student, Psychology Research Specialist
Hello! I’m Jialin, and I’m currently in third year of the psychology program here at U of T. I’m interested in cognitive development and language development, and how these can be applied to learning, motivation, and studies of risk and resilience. In my free time, I love to read, learn languages, and discover new music.

Angelina Liu
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ROP Student, Psychology and Nutritional Sciences
Hello! My name is Angelina and I am a second year student in the Psychology Specialist and Nutritional Sciences Major programs. My research interest centers around the underlying mechanisms of learning and memory development; specifically, how the cognitive and neural processes that support memory modifies across the lifespan. I am really looking forward to gaining valuable research experiences and learning about cognitive development with LAND Lab! I enjoy traveling and meeting new people, in my free time I also like to play golf and tennis.

Megha Banka
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ROP Student, Health Studies, Chemistry and Immunology
I’m a second year student majoring in health studies with double minors in chemistry and immunology. I love working with children and am interested in exploring how attention and memory vary across stages of the developing brain. I’m thrilled to work alongside lab members of the Finn LAND Lab which helps me expand my knowledge in cognitive psychology. Outside of school, you’ll find me volunteering at my local community centre, playing tennis or kayaking in Lake Ontario!

Ophelia Wang
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Independent Project Student, Psychology Specialist and Statistics Minor
Hello! My name is Ophelia. I am currently in my fourth year, specializing in psychology and minoring in statistics. I am broadly interested in developmental cognitive psychology, especially in the dynamic interplay between attention and memory. I am looking forward to investigating how these cognitive processes can change over the course of development. Outside the lab, I like reading, singing and petting my roommate’s cat!

Luosha Ha
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Work Study Research Assistant, 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.

Marina Charalampopoulou
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Work Study Research Assistant, Psychology Specialist
I am currently in the final year of a BSc, Psychology Specialist, at the University of Toronto. I have worked in several labs and had the opportunity to explore different realms of psychological research, such as social, addiction, clinical, developmental, and currently cognitive psychology. Moreover, in my experience as a crisis responder and emotional support volunteer, I realized my passion for counselling. I aim to combine my interests in research and counselling by further pursuing graduate studies in clinical psychology in the coming year.

David Huynh
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Work Study Research Assistant, Psychology Research Specialist
Hello! My name is David and I am a fourth year undergraduate in the Psychology Research Specialist Program. My interests focus on how kids’ memory systems develop and how it’s affected by the environment and their experience. Outside the lab, I love hosting Netflix Party with my friends, cooking, or discovering new café in Toronto!

Chana Sherrington
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Work Study 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.

Heidi Cheng
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Volunteer Research Assistant, 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.

Zahra Abolghasem
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Volunteer Research Assistant, 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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Volunteer Research Assistant, 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.

Michaela Karam
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Volunteer Research Assistant, 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 Assistant, 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.

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!

Alumni – Post-docs and Students 

Yaelan Jung
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Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University
Yaelan is a postdoc working with Dr. Lauren Emberson at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, working with Dr. Dirk Bernhardt-Walther and Dr. Amy Finn. Her research is focused on high-level vision and how top-down factors (e.g., tasks, attention, and learning) interact with visual perception. She also asks how this interaction occurs in the developing brain. She uses fMRI and other behavioral measures to investigate these questions.

Andrew Bauer
Lead Data Scientist, FICO

Alumni – Research Assistants 

Victoria Antinucci

Andrew Bauer

Yifan Bai

Gwyneth Campbell

Victoria Colaluca

Elizabeth Chan

Hannah Cho

Kath Choi

Audreymoore David

Carissa DeMarinis

Francesca Di Perna

Hailey den Elzen

Arshee Faizullah

Priscilla Fung

Voula Giannoulis

Natalie Holtby

Lavania Jeganathan

Minju Kang

Tuana Tia Kant

Parandis Kazemi

Mashal Khan

Erin Kim

Jiin Kim

Ahskan Kiyomarsi

Danielle Lim

Kiara Lu

Henrique Matulis

Maria Mazaharally

Shannon Meikle

Asha Mohamed

Kanza Naveed

Ed Ntiri

Nika Zahedi Neysiani

Emily Onyshko

Kay Otsubo

Alyssa Payne

Theresa Pham

Remsha Rana

Maryam Refai

Alex Sahar

Adnan Shahid

Chuyun Shen

Inayat Singh

Christa Shi

Sabrina Szkolmowski

Marlie Tandoc

Karima Tasnuva

Tiffany Teng

Clarissa Wang

Aria Wills

Katrina Wugalter

Qianwen Xu

Noel Yuen

Harry Zhu

Collaborating Post-docs and Students 

Kevin Himberger
Honey Lab


Dirk Bernhardt-Walther

Angela Duckworth

Katherine Duncan

Mark D’Esposito

Marc Ettlinger

Keisuke Fukuda

John Gabrieli

Brian Galla

Carla L Hudson Kam

Priya Kalra

Taraz Lee

Julia Leonard

Michael Mack

Allyson Mackey

Jennifer Minas

Tyler Perrachione

Meg Schlichting

Zeynep Saygin

Shelbie Sutherland

Margaret Sheridan

Zhenghan Qi