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Cognition

Overview

The Cognition group has particular strengths in human memory, imagery, visual perception, reading, and dyslexia.

Dr. Anderson is a cognitive psychologist who studies cognition in both human and nonhuman animals. With respect to human cognition, she has been intrigued by people's ability to use mental imagery. Her imagery research focuses on how people can use mental imagery to make discoveries and solve problems in the visual-spatial domain. She also studies cognitive aspects of communication and social behaviour in nonhuman animals, especially wolves (Canis lupus and C. rufus) and domestic dogs (C. familiaris).

 

Dr. Hourihan studies human memory, focusing on what we know about our memories (metamemory), and what we forget in addition to what we remember. She examines factors that influence memory and metamemory accuracy, including stimulus characteristics, situational variables, and individual differences in cognitive abilities, with the ultimate goal of facilitating educational learning via improved metacognition.


Drs. Neath and Surprenant run the Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab, which conducts pure and applied research on memory in adults across the lifespan. Current work includes studying basic memory processes in younger adults, examining the extent to which perceptual deficits contribute to memory decrements in healthy older adults, and developing and assessing simulation models of the resulting data. Funding is provided by both NSERC and CFI.

Dr. Penney has published extensively on echoic memory, and is currently focusing on how children and adults learn to read, and the cognitive and linguistic deficits that make literacy acquisition difficult. In particular, she examines how possible deficits in echoic memory, word retrieval, phoneme perception, and phonological awareness might contribute to failure in literacy acquisition.

Dr. Sherrick's primary interest is perception, but has recently been investigating aspects of motion sickness. He also has a long-standing interest in teaching.

Faculty

Rita Anderson
Kathleen Hourihan
Ian Neath
Catherine Penney
Michael Sherrick
Aimée Surprenant

Affiliated Faculty

Russell Adams
Mary Courage
Carole Peterson

 

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