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

  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.

  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.

  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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ALEssia Sislian

I am a second year undergraduate student working in the lab as a volunteer. I am currently working with graduate student Greta Melega who is studying memory integration and concept generalization, in the hopes of learning more about the functions of remembering and forgetting. 

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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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Myles loparco

I am a research assistant primarily studying how different levels of information encoding distort subjective time perception. I also am interested in how decision-making processes (specifically cognitive control) influence memory processes.

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IDIL UNER

I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Economics and Marketing. My main interest is exploring human behaviour across different disciplines and understanding social decision-making through behavioural economics. This year I will study the age impacts on the use of memory in consumer decision-making. 

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kelly cool

I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree in Psychology. My primary interests focus on how pain modulates memory generalization. I am currently working on a collaborative research project with Dr. Signy Sheldon and Dr. Mathieu Roy investigating how the predictability of pain in one experience will determine how that experience generalizes to other memories.

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frederik crepeau-hubert

I am currently completing an honours project looking at autobiographical memory organization and aging.

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elizabeth dutemple

I am third-year Honours student currently contributing to research projects furthering our understanding of the effects of event segmentation on temporal memory, exploring how visual imagery influences episodic memory processes, and investigating the effects of induced mood on recalled autobiographical memories.

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Kayla Williams

I am an undergraduate Psychology student interested in learning about how mood states relate to memory. Namely, I want to learn about how certain moods, both positive and negative, can affect our autobiographical memory recall, and if this can lead to the formation of false memories.

 

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batu kaya

I am finishing my BA&Sc in cognitive science and anthropology. My main interest is the relationship between multimodal imagery and memory. I’m currently using eye tracking to compare encoding and retrieval processes for modality-specific stimuli. 

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MIRANDA RENDA

I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I am interested in looking at how certain memories are recalled. I am currently working on a project which looks at the cue effects on how we recall our autobiographical memories. 

 

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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.

willem le duc

I am completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I am interested in how memories are formed and how they can be changed. I’m currently examining some key differences between the anterior and posterior portions of the hippocampus. 

 
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alumni

  • Dorothee Schoemaker (Post-Doc at Harvard)

  • Yass Salehi

  • Brenna Hello

  • Stephanie Simpson

  • Gabrielle Pochiet

  • Oliwia Zaborowska

  • Clara Dutton-Kneaves

  • Lia Huo

  • Judy Fung

  • Sonja Chu

  • Carina Fan

  • Shannon Riley

  • Jennifer Panitz

  • Sharif Ahmed

  • Nadim El-Asmar

  • Alexa Ruel

  • Julia Donahue

  • Kiran Arif

  • Ariella Lenton-Brym

  • Janice Kim