Research Labs

Our department includes many different laboratories and research groups conducting research in a broad cross-section of psychology sub-fields. Use your browser's search feature to search for keywords that are common among our labs.

Alberta Brain and Cognitive Development Lab

We study how children develop the ability to regulate their behaviour, attention, cognition, and emotions, and neural correlates of these developments using ERP and EEG.

Keywords: Developmental, Cognitive Neuroscience, Early Childhood, Executive Function, Electroencephalography

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Animal Cognition Research Group

Members of the Animal Cognition Research Group have a broad interest in animal behaviour, with a focus on how learning and cognitive abilities allow animals to solve problems they face in the wild.

Keywords: Social Learning, Cognition, Behaviour

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Attention and Action Lab

Our primary goal is to use cognitive neuroscience techniques such as ERP and fMRI to examine the nature of crossmodal links in attention and action. We also study the role of emotional cues on attention and human performance.
Keywords: Cognitive, Neuroscience

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A-Z Cognition Lab

We study a wide range of problems in cognition, including attention, perception, action, discourse processing, mind wandering, numerical processing, processing of literature, and problem solving.

Keywords: Cognitive, Language, Action

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Biological Computation Project

The primary goal of the BCP is to conduct pure and applied research on artificial neural networks, and to relate this research to empirical and theoretical issues in Cognitive Science.

Keywords: Cognitive, Biological

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Brain Rhythms Lab

Our laboratory is interested in how coordinated brain activity during sleep might function to solidify memories.

Keywords: Animal, Biological, Cognitive, Comparative, Developmental, Neuroscience

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Comparative Cognition Lab

We study human and non-human animal behaviour to help understand the function and evolution of cognitive processes, especially as they relate to spatial navigation and making decisions that involve risk.

Keywords: Animal, Cognitive, Comparative

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Complex Cognition Lab

Our lab examines issues related to conceptual representation, categorization, and language processing.

Keywords: Cognitive, Language

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Computation Memory Lab

We study human verbal memory behaviour and its basis in cognitive and neural processes.

Keywords: Computational, Mathematical Models

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Culture and Cognition Lab

Our research questions and assumptions derive from cultural psychology and our central objective is to understand the dialectical interaction between socio-cultural frameworks and psychological mechanisms.

Keywords: Cultural, Social, Cognitive

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Gesture and Language Development Lab

We conduct studies addressing early language acquisition and development, gesture production and comprehension, and bilingualism in children and adults.

Keywords: Developmental, Educational, Language

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Group Processes and Leadership Lab

Drawing on social identity theory, Dr. Rast examines how leaders influence members of their group (intragroup leadership) to incite social and organizational change, and how they influence other groups (intergroup leadership) to reduce conflict and improve intergroup harmony.
Keywords: Social

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Intercultural Communications Lab

We focus on the social and cultural psychology of language and communication processes, particularly as they pertain to intercultural relations and communication. I am interested in how aspects of the social context, including opportunities for intergroup contact, relative group status, and situational norms are implicated in communication processes.

Keywords: Cultural, Language, Educational, Social

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Mathematical and Cognitive Development Lab

We study human verbal memory behaviour and its basis in cognitive and neural processes.

Keywords: Developmental, Cognitive, Educational

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Mathewson Attention Perception and Performance Lab

We investigate the brain mechanisms that give rise to human attention, perception, and performance.

Keywords: Neuroscience, Cognitive

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Memory for Events (ME) Lab

The ME Lab investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support memories for naturalistic events, including autobiographical experiences from our personal past. We are particularly interested in understanding the role of visual perspective during the formation and retrieval of memories.
Keywords: Memory, Neuroscience, Virtual reality

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The PEERS lab investigates the developmental course of social and emotional competencies and problems during childhood and adolescence.

Keywords: Developmental, Educational, Social

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Phenomenological Research Lab

This research addresses the self-perceptual, expressive, and aesthetic outcomes of dreams and literary reading. Although grounded in the development of numerically-aided phenomenological methods, methodological choices commonly involve other psychometrically proven measures of task performance, feelings and moods, etc.

Keywords: Dreams, Literary reading, Aesthetics, Expression, Phenomenology

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Psycholinguistics Lab

Our works focuses on understanding the functional structure and neurological underpinnings of language processing, with an emphasis on the role of semantics (word meaning) in written language. We use mainly experimental methods and computational modelling, as well as occasionally using functional imaging and patient studies.

Keywords: Cognitive, Neuroscience, Language

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Re:Cognition Lab

We study how the quality of competitive decision-making changes brain and behaviour
Keywords: Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, decision-making, competitive games, electrophysiology

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Sex and Violence Lab

Our research focuses on the biological basis of individual differences in aggressive behavior and other social and personality traits related to sex differences.

Keywords: Biological , Neuroscience, Sexuality, Personality, Social

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Songbird Neuroethology Lab

Research in the SNL seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of songbird communication by studying behaviour and the neural systems controlling behaviour.

Keywords: Comparative, Cognitive, Communication, Songbirds, Neuroethology

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Stroke Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Lab

We study cerebral ischemia and especially hemorrhagic stroke using animal models with the aims of reducing cell death (neuroprotection) and promoting behavioral recovery (neuroplasticity, rehabilitation).

Keywords: Clinical, Health, Neuroscience, Animal

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Victoria Longitudinal Study

The VLS is a long-term, large-scale, epidemiological study of multiple biomedical, genetic, lifestyle, environmental and other risk factors influencing differential brain and cognitive aging (including resilience, decline, impairment, Alzheimer's disease).

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Virtual Environments and Spatial Cognition Lab

The VESC lab investigates human spatial memory and navigation using behavioral methods including immersive virtual environments.

Keywords: Spatial memory, Navigation, Self-localization, Goal-localization

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Visual Attention and Social Processes Lab

The VASP lab studies attention, and its relationship to (i) individual people, (ii) processes such as perception and reward/motivation, and (iii) how attention varies across different contexts and populations

Keywords: Social cognition, Attention, Neuroscience

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Wylie Neuroscience Lab

Our research can be divided into three interrelated areas: neurophysiology of motion processing in the avian brain, neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of brainstem-cerebellar pathways, and comparative neuroanatomy.
Keywords: Animal, Biological, Cognitive, Comparative, Neuroscience

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