Julia Spaniol

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Associate Professor Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Aging Lab Director, Memory and Decision Processes Lab Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology Toronto, Ontario jspaniol@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 552268

Bio/Research

Dr. Spaniol received her doctorate in cognitive psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and subsequently completed postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. Since 2007, Dr. Spaniol has directed the Memory...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Spaniol received her doctorate in cognitive psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and subsequently completed postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. Since 2007, Dr. Spaniol has directed the Memory and Decision Processes (MAD) lab in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. In 2014, Dr. Spaniol received a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Cognitive Aging.

Research in the MAD lab examines (1) how cognitive functions, such as attention, memory and decision making, change across the lifespan, and (2) how motivation and emotion influence cognitive functions in younger and older adults. The goal of this research program is to identify the mechanisms through which cognitive performance can be maintained and optimized in people over 65 – the fastest-growing segment of Canadian society today. The MAD lab uses a combination of behavioural and brain-based methods, including eye tracking, event-related potentials (ERPs), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Current research in the MAD lab is supported by the Canada Research Chairs program, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Ontario Research Fund.


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