Chuyun Shen
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Lab manager
I have recently completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto as a psychology research specialist. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be involved in cognitive developmental research for my thesis at the lab. I am excited to delve deeper into this field of research and also help the lab grow as the lab manager. In my spare time, I can be found volunteering for a hospice, taking gymnastics classes, reading, and painting.
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.
Danielle Lim
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Thesis student, psychology and english
Hello there! I am currently completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, specializing in psychology research and minoring in English literature. I am broadly interested in the influence of environmental factors on development, and how knowledge in this area can be applied to facilitate positive outcomes for children and youth. My thesis work has been examining the relationship between selective attention and the learning of distracting information among adolescents from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Outside of doing research, I love watching stage plays, discovering new music, writing poetry, and spending time with my family, especially my wonderful little sister.
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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Volunteer research associate, 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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Individual project 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.
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!.
Victoria Colaluca
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Volunteer research associate, Psychology, Biology, and Buddhism, Mental health and Psychology
I am a second year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Biology, Buddhism, Mental health and Psychology at the University of Toronto. I am specifically interested in understanding how poor or rich environments have an effect on cognitive development in adolescent individuals. Outside of both the lab and school, you can find me leisurely reading, going to the gym and exploring places throughout downtown. I hope to gain additional knowledge and skills through this research experience with the LAND lab.
Maria Mazaharally
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Volunteer Research Associate, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychology
I am a third year undergraduate student, completing a double major in Neuroscience and Physiology along with a minor in Psychology at the University of Toronto. I’m very intrigued by neural development and I am eager to further pursue my interest in abstract learning processes like statistical learning with my time at the LAND lab. When I’m not studying or in the lab, I enjoy listening to music, watching Friends, and long walks at the lake.
Alex Sahar
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Volunteer Research Associate, Psychology
Hello! I’m Alex, a third-year undergraduate student completing a Specialist degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto. Psychology has been a passion of mine ever since my first intro course in high school. 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 and the process through which they develop. Specifically, I would like to further explore the common-sense ability of children to respond, often correctly, to novel situations. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy my free time playing guitar, buying sneakers and spending time with my family and friends.
Christa Shi
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Volunteer Research Associate, Criminology and Psychology
I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in criminology and psychology at the University of Toronto. I am interested in developmental psychology, especially in understanding the cognitive difference in learning process of language between children and adults. I look forward to gaining more knowledge about children’s learning processes within the LAND lab. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and playing the piano.
Marlie Tandoc
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Psychology Research Specialist Graduate, Psychology
I am a recent graduate of University of Toronto’s psychology Research Specialist program. I am primarily interested in how category learning strategies change across development and how this maps onto the heterogeneous development of memory systems in the brain. My goal is to attend graduate school next year for cognitive neuroscience. In my free time, I enjoy playing fetch with my dog, Navi, and trying to learn as many new obscure musical instruments as I can.
Audreymoore David
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Volunteer Research Associate, Psychology and Neuroscience
Hi! I am a 4th year undergraduate student, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. I am excited to be a part of this lab. As a research assistant, I hope to learn more about developmental psychology involving different processes in cognition and the differences between children and adults. Furthermore, I aim to learn more about the research process, develop new skills, and expand my research experience. During my free time, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and spending time with my family.
Clarissa Wang
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Volunteer Research Associate, Psychology and Criminology
Hello! I’m a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology and criminology in University of Toronto. I am always passionate to learn something new and am very interested in how we learn languages during childhood and as an adult, as well as the differences in our learning abilities, memory and cognition. During my time in the LAND lab, I hope to contribute meaningfully, develop new skills and grow as a person while having a great time working with everyone. When I’m not doing anything school-related, I love to read, run, swim and explore places with my close ones.
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!
Gloria Rebello
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Volunteer Research Associate, Psychology
I am a third year undergraduate psychology specialist at the University of Toronto. My interests lie within the many branches of psychology especially in the field of development and mental health. I love working with kids and hope to implement my knowledge of how they guide themselves in the world. In my spare time I love listening to music, trying new recipes and drinking bubble tea.
Voula Giannoulis
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Volunteer Research Associate, Psychology and Neuroscience
I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. I am particularly interested in the neurological underpinnings related to cognitive development. I am hoping to gain new research experience in the Finn LAND lab by expanding my knowledge on psychological software and research design. In my spare time I can be found running the Greek Students’ Association, exploring Toronto, and cuddling with my dog!


Collaborating students and post-docs 

Kevin Himberger
Honey Lab
Yaelan Jung
Bernhardt-Walther Lab
Yaelan Jung’s Website
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Outside Project Graduate Student, Psychology
Hi! I’m Yaelan. I’m a 5th year phd student, working with Dirk B. Walther and also hanging out in FinnLab lots of time! I grew up in Seoul, Korea, and did my master degree in cognitive science at Yonsei Univ. Broadly, I am interested in how we make sense of sensory inputs coming from our crazily complex worlds, within and across different sensory modalities, and how categories help this process. I use various tools to address my questions including fMRI and behavioral/psychophysics methods. In this lab, my research is focused on how we learn statistical information at multiple levels and how this ability to learn differs in children and adults. In my free time, I love walking or biking around the city, doing yoga or swimming, trying some watercolor paints or just chilling with my kitty cat.



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

Gloria Rebello

Hailey den Elzen

Francesca Di Perna