Cognition and Gender: My work on gender-related differences in cognitive abilities has focused mostly on the ability of people to work with and mentally represent visuo-spatial relations in objects and how gender differences observed on such tasks can provide a way to better understand individual differences.
Perceptual Asymmetry: My work has focused on verbal and non-verbal perceptual asymmetries in the visual and auditory modality. This line of work has practical implications: specifically, implications for the development of better non-invasive screening methods for pre-surgery patients with brain tumors or epilepsy, when the purpose is to ensure that cognitive functions are spared.
Publications: A list of my refereed publications can be viewed here.
My Research Funding
My research is funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
My Cognition and Perception Laboratory
My space is quite large with four testing rooms and two computer rooms.
For my students use, the main computer room is equipped with:
- Computers for course and research work, accessing email, and printing
- Comfortable reading chairs
My equipment is composed of about 20 IBM compatible computers, a majority of which is used for experimental testing. We use E-prime, PsyToolkit, Computerized Speech Lab, and Poser to design most of the visual and auditory experiments conducted in my lab. Some paper-and-pencil testing of spatial abilities is also ongoing.
The department of Psychology has an Applied Science Laboratories eye-tracking system (Eye-Trac6) that I have used in the past. Our recent acquisition of specialized experiment software for this system offers much potential for future use.