I am a third year PhD student in the Department of
Psychology at the University of Toronto, supervised by Dr. Lynn Hasher.
My current work in the Hasher Aging and Cognition lab
focuses on two different research questions. One line of research
focuses on the way that positive emotional states influence what we
attend to in the environment and how we remember information. For my
M.A. thesis, we found that younger adults in a positive mood pick up
more distracting information from the environment and are able to use
this information on future tasks. This is one example of younger adults
in positive moods tending to process information in a similar way to
older adults. Since older adults generally report being much happier
than their younger counterparts, some of our current research focuses on
how older adults’ more positive affective states may contribute to what
are normally regarded as cognitive aging effects.
Our other line of research explores ways to apply
older adults’ difficulties with ignoring irrelevant information to
actually benefit memory. More specifically, we are interested in whether
presentations of distraction can help older adults to remember important
information that they have already encoded, perhaps with practical
application in both healthy older adults and clinical populations.
I completed a B.A. in Psychology at McGill University
in 2007. During my studies at McGill, I worked with
Dr. Andy Baker on a
project investigating human causal reasoning, and with
Dr. Lesley Fellows of
the Montreal Neurological Institute, studying the association between
clinical and experimental measures of prefrontal cortex function in
patients with brain damage.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about my
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