Marlie Tandoc
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Lab Manager
I recently graduated from the University of Toronto’s Psychology Research Specialist undergraduate program. I am super interested in how learning strategies and knowledge representations differ between children and adults. In particular, I hope to investigate how these differences might map onto the heterogenous development of different memory systems in the brain. To pursue my passion for learning about how we learn, I will be starting graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania this August. In my free time, I enjoy playing fetch with my dog, Navi, or writing riffs for guitar.
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.
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.
Yaelan Jung
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Bernhardt-Walther Lab
Yaelan Jung’s Website
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
Chuyun Shen
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Volunteer Research Associate, Psychology
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! In my spare time, I can be found volunteering for a hospice, taking gymnastics classes, reading, and painting.
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!
Bharat Nadendla
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Mini-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.
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.
Emily Onyshko
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Research Associate, Psychology
Hello! I’m Emily, a second year undergraduate student specializing in Psychology. I’m interested in the impact of childhood adversity on cognitive development and mental health into adulthood. I’m looking forward to acquiring new skills and knowledge, along with gaining research experience while helping out in the LAND lab! In my spare time I love going to the gym, baking desserts, and spending time with my friends!
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.
Gwyneth Campbell
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Research Associate, Psychology
I am a second-year psychology major studying at York University. I am interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms of learning and how they differ across development. In my free time, I like to listen to music, play video games, and do Pilates.
Asha Mohamed
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Research Associate, Human Biology and Linguistics
I am currently a third year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Human Biology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto. I am interested in the process of a child’s neural development during the critical period and how this aids in their ability to acquire language(s), as well as develop their learning and memory systems. I look forward to gaining new research experience and expanding my knowledge on developmental psychology through volunteering at LAND Lab. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking and being outdoors.
Karima Tasnuva
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Research Associate, Psychology
Hello! I’m Karima, a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto specializing in Psychology. I’m interested in the nature of learning during childhood and the role of the environment in cognitive development in children. Through volunteering at the LAND lab, I hope to acquire new skills and knowledge regarding developmental psychology and gain invaluable research skills. In my spare time I enjoy watercolor painting, reading and listening to music.
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.


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