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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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.

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!

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.

Luosha Ha
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Volunteer 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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Chan
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Volunteer Research Assistant, 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).

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



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

Adnan Shahid

Inayat Singh

Dr. Yaelan Jung

Alex Sahar

Hannah Cho

Tuana Tia Kant

Kiara Lu

Tiffany Teng

Minju Kang

Qianwen Xu