Action-Based Cognitive Remediation
This study is funded by a "Healthy Minds Canada - Pfizer Canada- Sun Life Mutual" award and is aimed at examining the effectiveness of our newly developed form of cognitive remediation, which relies heavily on procedural learning and "everyday neuroplasticity" through activity scheduling and behavioural experiments that encourage engagement in more cognitively complex tasks. It is being conducted in collaboration with the Frontenac Community Mental Health Centre.
Short-Term Executive Functioning Training
In this project, we are examining neurophysiological changes following an intensive, short-term trial of cognitive activation for individuals with mood or psychotic disorders.
STEPS: Structured Therapy to Enhance Purposeful Speech
This treatment project is being led by Katherine Holshausen in the CPD Lab. She is using an operant conditioning paradigm to increase the goal-directedness of speech of by inpatients with schizophrenia.
Several of our studies are focused on applying more rigorous experimental design and objective assessment of biobehavioural responses to the characteristics of severe mental illness in order to better understand what constitutes stigma and what are predictable responses to atypical behaviours. To date, we have used EEG, behavioural coding, and covert assessments of threat perception.