Our Team

Principal Investigator

 
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Dr. Signy Sheldon

assistant professor

Department of Psychology, McGill University

Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

2014 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, ON, Canada
2011 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
2011 Ph.D., Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006 M.A., University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada


Graduate Students

SARAH PETERS   Ph.D student in Clinical Psychology   sarah.peters[at]mail.mcgill.ca   I am currently looking at the neuropsychological factors contributing to how individuals solve problems in the real world. I am particularly interested in how hippocampus-dependent memory processes relate to problem solving ability in normal aging and aging-related memory disorders.

SARAH PETERS

Ph.D student in Clinical Psychology

sarah.peters[at]mail.mcgill.ca

I am currently looking at the neuropsychological factors contributing to how individuals solve problems in the real world. I am particularly interested in how hippocampus-dependent memory processes relate to problem solving ability in normal aging and aging-related memory disorders.

LAURI GURGURYAN   Ph.D Student in Experimental Psychology   lauri.gurguryan[at]mail.mcgill.ca   I am currently looking at the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support different ways of remembering, focusing on the structures in the medial temporal lobe. I am also interested in how spatial information can alter the way we perceive and remember.

LAURI GURGURYAN

Ph.D Student in Experimental Psychology

lauri.gurguryan[at]mail.mcgill.ca

I am currently looking at the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support different ways of remembering, focusing on the structures in the medial temporal lobe. I am also interested in how spatial information can alter the way we perceive and remember.

CAN FENERCI   M.Sc. Student in Experimental Psychology  can.fenerci[at]mail.mcgill.ca  I am interested in studying how autobiographical memories can be generalized across situations and how aging changes the way we learn information. Science, here i come!

CAN FENERCI

M.Sc. Student in Experimental Psychology

can.fenerci[at]mail.mcgill.ca

I am interested in studying how autobiographical memories can be generalized across situations and how aging changes the way we learn information. Science, here i come!

AZARA LALLA   M.Sc. Student in Experimental Psychology   azara.lalla[at]mail.mcgill.ca   I am currently looking at whether interference promotes the forgetting of certain types of memory details and how this influences memory generalization. I am also interested more generally in how memory processes are reflected by eye movements and on the interplay between memory and decision-making.

AZARA LALLA

M.Sc. Student in Experimental Psychology

azara.lalla[at]mail.mcgill.ca

I am currently looking at whether interference promotes the forgetting of certain types of memory details and how this influences memory generalization. I am also interested more generally in how memory processes are reflected by eye movements and on the interplay between memory and decision-making.

 
JONAS NITSCHKE   PhD Student collaborator (Supervised by Dr. Jennifer Bartz and Dr. Jens Pruessner).   jonas.nitschke[at]mail.mcgill.ca   I am interested in the effects of stress on empathic and mentalizing abilities, as well as on prosocial helping behaviours. In addition, I study the effect of various hormones such as testosterone and oxytocin on our ability to foster and maintain social relationships. In collaboration with Dr. Sheldon I study the effects of acute psychosocial stress on cognition. I am particularly interested in how stress impacts cognitive process such as memory updating, separation of information, and autobiographical memories.

JONAS NITSCHKE

PhD Student collaborator (Supervised by Dr. Jennifer Bartz and Dr. Jens Pruessner).

jonas.nitschke[at]mail.mcgill.ca

I am interested in the effects of stress on empathic and mentalizing abilities, as well as on prosocial helping behaviours. In addition, I study the effect of various hormones such as testosterone and oxytocin on our ability to foster and maintain social relationships. In collaboration with Dr. Sheldon I study the effects of acute psychosocial stress on cognition. I am particularly interested in how stress impacts cognitive process such as memory updating, separation of information, and autobiographical memories.

REBECCA SCHEURICH   Ph.D. Student Collaborator (supervised by  dr. caroline palmer )   rebecca.scheurich[at]mail.mcgill.ca   I am currently collaborating on a project with Dr. Signy Sheldon and Dr. Caroline Palmer that investigates how individual differences influence sensory details recalled from complex events. Specifically, we are interested in how the types of sensory details recalled change with changes in imagery ability and musical training.

REBECCA SCHEURICH

Ph.D. Student Collaborator (supervised by dr. caroline palmer)

rebecca.scheurich[at]mail.mcgill.ca

I am currently collaborating on a project with Dr. Signy Sheldon and Dr. Caroline Palmer that investigates how individual differences influence sensory details recalled from complex events. Specifically, we are interested in how the types of sensory details recalled change with changes in imagery ability and musical training.

 
KEVIN DA SILVA CASTANHEIRA   PhD Student collaborator (Supervised by Dr. Ross Otto)   kevin.dasilvacastanheira[at]mail.mcgill.ca   I am currently collaborating on a project with Dr. Signy Sheldon and Dr. Ross Otto that investigates how episodic memory helps support economic decision-making. Specifically, we are interested in how computations of value depend upon episodic memory processes.

KEVIN DA SILVA CASTANHEIRA

PhD Student collaborator (Supervised by Dr. Ross Otto)

kevin.dasilvacastanheira[at]mail.mcgill.ca

I am currently collaborating on a project with Dr. Signy Sheldon and Dr. Ross Otto that investigates how episodic memory helps support economic decision-making. Specifically, we are interested in how computations of value depend upon episodic memory processes.

GRETA MELEGA   Visiting researcher (previously supervised by  dr. Elisa ciaramelli )   greta.melega[at]studio.unibo.it   I recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Neuroscience from University of Bologna and I'm currently doing a research internship at Sheldon Memory Lab. I’m interested in the functions of remembering and forgetting. I’m currently looking at the benefits and drawbacks of recollecting details from learned events for concept generalization.

GRETA MELEGA

Visiting researcher (previously supervised by dr. Elisa ciaramelli)

greta.melega[at]studio.unibo.it

I recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Neuroscience from University of Bologna and I'm currently doing a research internship at Sheldon Memory Lab. I’m interested in the functions of remembering and forgetting. I’m currently looking at the benefits and drawbacks of recollecting details from learned events for concept generalization.


undergraduate students

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Caterina Agostino

I am a fourth year Honours undergraduate student interested in studying the influence of positive and negative affect on emotional memory formation and subsequent memory recall. Previously, I have focused on how this relationship may be reflected in eye movements. Currently, I am specifically interested in age-related influences on emotional memory processes.


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Kayla Williams

I’m a U3 psychology student interested in learning about the factors that affect autobiographical memory processes, such as emotion or psychopathology. This year I will be working on a project that looks at whether individuals tend to rely on episodic or semantic details when remembering, and if this differs between younger vs older and healthy vs clinical participants. I will also be designing a study to test how certain characteristics of depression affect episodic memory.

 

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sophia harman-heath

I am completing my B.Sc. in Psychology at McGill. I am interested in looking at false memories and how our memories can be affected by the world around us! I am currently working on a project involving priming perceptual states for retrieval of memories.

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ALESSIA SISLIAN

I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in education. This year I will be working on a course project that is an extension of a study on remembering details from learned events and it effect on memory generalization.

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Jennifer bilbul

I am a Second year student majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Gender Studies (GSFS). Although my primary interests involve investigating the sex differences in memory performance across the adult lifespan, I am currently working on the flexibility of episodic processes in solving well and ill-defined problems, and the second using eye-tracking to resolve the effects that interference and decay have in forgetting episodic memories.

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LAURA OSBORNE

I am a third year Undergraduate Psychology student at McGill, interested in false memories and the correlation of personality and behavioral changes with cognitive age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease. I will be working on various research projects with the Sheldon Memory lab, including one that looks at the impact of age-changes to episodic memory on solution generation during real-world problem solving.

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MATHILDE RIOUX

I am a second year Honours psychology student interested in the differences between healthy and unhealthy cognitive aging. I will be working on a VR project that looks at how we encode and remember details from memories.



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MATT MILTON

I am a third year student in Cognitive Science. I will be working on a VR project that aims to understand if people remember information when presented in a real versus virtual environment. The results will direct new research on how virtual environments affect memory.

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NATASHA ODESSA GRIMARD

I am a third year Honours student interested in the interaction between trauma and memory processes, particularly in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder and intergenerational trauma. Currently, I am investigating individual differences in imagery capacities and how they relate to the recall of imagined events. 

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VÉRONIQUE LEBLANC

I am a fourth year undergraduate student at McGill interested in the intersection of memory and psychopathology, particularly in the context of my work in crisis intervention at Suicide Action Montreal. Accordingly, I am working on a research project with the Sheldon Memory lab that looks at the parameters of the relationship between mood and memory processes.

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DARIA LISUS

I am a second year undergraduate student studying Cognitive Science with a focus on neuroscience and psychology. This year I have been helping with investigating the effects of retrieval mode on story recall. I am interested in the connections between an individual's environment and their memory!

 
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This could be you!


 
 

alumni

  • Kelly Cool (Clinical Research Coordinator)

  • Elizabeth Dutemple (MA Clinical Psychology)

  • Frédérik Crépeau-Hubert (MScA OT)

  • Idil Uner (MA in Global Thought)

  • Willem LeDuc (MA Clinical Psychology)

  • Dorothee Schoemaker (Post-Doc at Harvard)

  • Batu Kaya

  • Myles LoParco

  • Lisa-Marie Giorgio (MA School/Applied Psych)

  • Stephanie Simpson (MA Psychology)

  • Yass Salehi (MA OT)

  • Brenna Hello

  • Gabrielle Pochiet

  • Oliwia Zaborowska

  • Clara Dutton-Kneaves

  • Lia Huo

  • Judy Fung

  • Sonja Chu (MA Clinical Psychology)

  • Carina Fan (MA Clinical Psychology)

  • Shannon Riley

  • Jennifer Panitz

  • Sharif Ahmed

  • Nadim El-Asmar

  • Alexa Ruel

  • Julia Donahue

  • Kiran Arif

  • Ariella Lenton-Brym

  • Janice Kim

  • Eden Ohayon

  • Miranda Renda