Department of Psychology

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Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science: Faculty

Richard Beninger, Ph.D.

In research with animals, my students and I use rats to study the role played by various neurotransmitters, especially dopamine, in reward-related incentive learning.

Monica Castelhano, Ph.D.

My primary research interests are in the perception, exploration and retention of information from complex, natural stimuli (i.e., real-world scenes).

Lola Cuddy, Ph.D.

In our laboratory we are interested in the perceptual, cognitive, and emotional processes involved in music appreciation and understanding. Recent work has focused on individual differences in musical and prosodic skills and sensitivities. We study such topics as absolute pitch, tone deafness, effects of music lessons on nonmusical cognitive skills, musical dyslexia, aging and music, amusia following stroke, and sparing of musical memories in Alzheimer's Disease.

Hans Dringenberg, Ph.D.

Neural and synaptic plasticity, learning and memory, development, long-term potentiation, neurotransmitters, amygdala, fear.

Randy Flanagan, Ph.D.

The aim of research in the Cognition and Action Lab is to understand the cognitive and computational processes underlying movement control and learning.

Janet Menard, Ph.D.

My research is concerned with the neural circuits responsible for mediating fear as a useful adaptation, as well as with how altered brain function might promote maladaptive levels of fear.

Douglas Mewhort, Ph.D.

My research concerns human performance and how to model it.

Kevin Munhall, Ph.D.

My general research interest is the understanding of the processes of speech production and speech perception.

Mary Olmstead, Ph.D.

My research is directed towards understanding the neural and psychological interface between motivation and cognition,- or how rewarding stimuli influence learning.

Jordan Poppennk, Ph.D.

I research the consequences of bringing memories to life. To this end, my studies frequently incorporate monitoring of human brain activity with fMRI. Using computational methods, I track neural evidence of memory reactivation within participants’ brains, which I relate to other processes such as memory formation, forgetting, planning for the future, and perception.

Daryl Wilson, Ph.D.

Research is currently focused on training of attentional control, how attentional control shapes perceptual experience, working memory and attentional control, attention control in a virtual reality environment, and cortical mechanisms underlying attentional control.