PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr. Bradley Buchsbaum
Brad is the benevolent director, occasional research assistant, and chief statistician of Lingua Memoria. He is also a scientist at the Rotman Research Institute and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Having completed a University of California trifecta (undergraduate, bio-psychology: UCSB, Ph.D cognitive science: UCI, post-doctoral fellowship: UC Berkeley), with a stop somewhere in between at NIH in Bethesda, Brad has settled down in Toronto to better pursue the mysteries of language, memory, and how it all sorts out in the brain. More on Dr. Buchsbaum.
Jessica is in her fourth year of the PhD program in the Department of Psychology – and no, she can’t read your mind. She completed her MA in the Buchsbaum lab and her BSc at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Jess’ Masters thesis investigated the short- and long-term effects of temporal and perceptual context on episodic auditory verbal memories. Her PhD project will focus on the patterns of activation in the auditory cortex that correspond with perception and memory of speech sounds with a special focus on inner speech – once that’s done, THEN she’ll be able to read your mind.
Jordana is currently a PhD student in the department of psychology under the cosupervision of Dr. Brad Buchsbaum and Dr. Jen Ryan at the Rotman Research Institute. With their expert guidance, she hopes to use eye-tracking and fMRI technology to examine similarities in encoding and retrieval processes in the hopes of better understanding how complex stimuli are represented and stored in memory. Jordana completed an honors degree in psychology at McGill University where she conducted animal research on memory reconsolidation.
Michael is pursuing a PhD in psychology at the University of Toronto and the Rotman Research Institute under the supervision of Dr. Brad Buchsbaum. After attaining a bachelors degree in visual arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design, he completed his BSc at the University of Toronto where he studied computer science, specializing in machine learning, and psychology. For his thesis, Michael developed a theoretical model of the cerebellum’s role in cognitive control processes. Utilizing his unique skill set and perspective, Michael is currently developing and applying novel analytical techniques with the goal of integrating diverse brain imaging modalities to attain a clearer picture of cognitive processes and their interactions, with a focus on memory.
Christa completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at York University and has since dedicated herself to learning about the “dynamic mess of jiggling things” inside our heads and how we use it. And, yes, she looks exactly like her picture!
Vanessa is completed her undergraduate degree at U of T, studying both Human Biology and Psychology. Her interest in learning and memory developed after taking some intriguing cognitive psychology courses, and she joined the lab after hearing about it from one of her teaching assistants during one of her school lectures. Ultimately, she hopes to learn more about how memory functions in the brain through experience in the lab.
I am working on a research project in Dr. Buchsbaum’s lab using eye-tracking to examine the neural basis of pattern completion and pattern separation. I have worked as an instructor of a third year undergrad course on research in cognitive psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. I graduated with a major in Psychology and a major in French language from U of T. I completed my PhD in Psychology, Cognitive neuroscience at WLU on April 9th 2015. For my PhD, I examined the contribution of familiarity to associative recognition of unitized pairs. I have examined associative memory in older adults at University of Waterloo, performed ERP analysis of cued recall data for a Postdoc and examined scene recognition memory in the Moscovitch lab at U of T. So far I have two peer-reviewed publications from my PhD work with Dr. William Hockley and I am hoping for many more in the near future. My profile can be viewed here.
Josh got his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus. It was there that he became very interested in how and where the brain processes, stores and produces language, with an especially keen interest in second language acquisition. He is excited to learn much more about functional imaging, eye-tracking and all the fun things relating to running studies and analyses, and hopes to help out a bit as well.
Reina Buchsbaum, age 3, joins us from the Sorbonne after completing dual Ph.Ds in literary criticism (specializing in 19th century symbolist poetry) and pure mathematics — a field to which she contributed numerous proofs and not a few far-reaching conjectures on algebraic topology that were elegantly elucidated in her award-winning dissertation research. Although she considers ongoing work in the Buchsbaum lab “crude”, “primitive”, and “wholly devoid of rigor”, her contributions to the lab — in the form of brilliant philosophical aphorisms, computer code of surpassing beauty, and prose poetry in the manic style of Rimbaud — have been undeniably profound. Reina has yet to settle on a research project, but she has recently announced to the lab that it will involve Oscar the Grouch and the Cookie Monster in some way. In short, we expect big things from her.
I? For starters I’m 2’6”. My visage you’ll note has a distinctly Roman air. My hair flaxen with a tinge of amaranth, my cheeks handsomely high-boned, my chest slablike. My eyes? Hazel with flecks of lapis lazuli. I am in the direct line of Emperor Augustus, and were it not for some miserable barbarians of the 5th century AD—Huns, Ostrogoths and whatnot—I should now be ruler of an empire spanning Europe and North Africa. Nevermind, it would be an intolerable burden, where would I find the time? It was just last year that I took an interest in tennis, and while on a jaunt to the the isle of Mallorca (en route to Ibiza) I happened to play a match with Rafael Nadal on mediterranean clay at his home club. Behind a thunderous serve, a powerful forehand, and a charging net game, I dominated the Spaniard for the better part of an hour, sending him hither and thither as he (rather fruitlessly) grunted and groaned after my skillfully placed shots. Final score: 6-1, 6-2. To be perfectly frank, the sport bored me. I quit tennis and became a three-time world champion hang-glider before a spectacular headlong crash off Corfu, breaking my back in sixteen places. Which leads me to my present position in Buchsbaum’s lab. Pure convalescence I assure you. The man is hopeless, but means well. I work on mathematical problems beyond his ken. I keep a watchful eye on the clever but mercurial Reina. I don’t quite trust her–and abhor her pretentious poetry in the style of Mallarme.
MARIE ST-LAURENT, Post-doctoral fellow 2012-2015
CHRISTINE YU, Volunteer 2013-2015
OLES CHEPESIUK, Research Assistant 2014-2015
MARTIN KOO, Volunteer 2012-2014
NATASHA TANG, Volunteer 2013-2014
ASHLEY BONDAD, Research Assistant 2011-2013
KIMBERLY CHO, Volunteer 2013
NATHAN ROSE, Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2013
ALESSANDRO TRIMARCHI, Summer Student 2013
HALEY PARK, Volunteer 2012-2013
Sabrina Lemire-Rodger, Research Assistant 2010-2012
Oles Chepesiuk, Summer Student 2011, 2012
Candice Fang, Research Assistant 2009-2012
Bryan Hwang, Volunteer 2012
Aaron Chan, Volunteer 2012
May Wang, Volunteer 2012