Dr. Lixia Yang

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Dr. Lixia Yang, PhD.

Associate Professor
Director of the Cognitive Aging Laboratory (CAL)
Department of Psychology, Ryerson University

Email: lixiay@psych.ryerson.ca email-icon google scholar
Tel: (416) 979 – 5000 Ext. 6522

Dr. Yang received her doctorate in psychology from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000. She then worked as a post‐doctoral research fellow at the Max‐Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, and later at the University of Toronto. In 2005, Dr. Yang joined the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University as an assistant professor. Dr. Yang’s research interest covers three related areas: cognitive plasticity of the aging brain, cultural effects on cognition and cognitive aging, as well as age differences in cognitive processing of emotional information.


 Selected Publications

  • Yang, L., Lau, K. P. L., & Truong, L., (2014). The survival effect in memory: Does it hold into old age and non-ancestral scenarios? PLoS ONE 9(5): e95792. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095792.
  • Truong, L. & Yang, L. (2014). Friend or foe? Decoding the facilitative and disruptive effects of emotion on working memory in younger and older adults. Frontier in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00094.
    Wilkinson, A. J., Yang, L., & Dyson, B. J. (2013). Modulating younger and older adults’ performance in ignoring pictorial information during a word matching task. Brain and Cognition, 83(3), 351-359. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2013.10.001.
  • Ma, Z., Li, J., Niu, Y., Yu, J., & Yang, L. (2013). Age differences in emotion recognition between Chinese younger and older adults. The Psychological Record, 63, 629–640. DOI:10.11133/j.tpr.2013.63.3.015
  • Yang, L., Li, J., Spaniol, J., Hasher, L., Wilkinson, A., Yu, J., & Niu, Y. (2013). Aging, culture, and memory for socially meaningful item-context associations: An east-west cross cultural comparison study. Plos ONE. 8(4): e60703 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060703.
  • Yang, L., Chen, W., Ng, A. H., & Fu, X. (2013). Aging, culture, and memory for categorically processed information. Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt006.
  • Yang, L., Reed, M., & Kuan, C. (2012). Retest learning in the absence of item-specific effects: Does it show in the oldest-old? Psychology and Aging, 27 (3),701-706. doi: 10.1037/a0026719
  • Wilkinson, A. J., & Yang, L. (2012). Plasticity of inhibition in older adults: Retest practice and transfer effects. Psychology and Aging, 27 (3), 606-615. doi: 10.1037/a0025926
  • Yang, L., Truong, L., Fuss, S., & Bislimovic, S. (2012). The effects of ageing and divided attention on the self-reference effect in emotional memory: Spontaneous or effortful mnemonic benefits? Memory, 20 (6), 596-607. Doi: 10.1080/09658211.2012.690040
  • Yang, L. (2011). Practice-oriented retest learning as the basic form of cognitive plasticity of the aging brain. Journal of Aging Research. Volume 2011, Article ID 407074, 8 pages, doi:10.4061/2011/407074
  • Yang, L. & Ornstein, T. J. (2011) The effect of emotion-focused orientation at retrieval on emotional memory in young and older adults, Memory, 19: 3, 305 — 313, doi: 10.1080/09658211.2011.561803.
  • Yang, L., & Hasher, L. (2011). Age differences in the automatic accessibility of emotional words from semantic memory. Cognition & Emotion, 25 (1), 3 – 9, doi: 10.1080/02699930903523348.
  • Yang, L. (2010). Review of the book “Aging and Cognition: Research methodologies and empirical advances” (Eds. Bosworth & Hertzog, 2009). Canadian Psychology, 51, 219-220, doi: 10.1037/a0020344.
  • Yang, L., & Krampe, R. Th. (2009). Long-term Maintenance of Retest Learning in Young Old and Oldest Old Adults. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences, 64B(5):608-611, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbp063.
  • Yang, L., & Reed, M., Russo, F., & Wilkinson, A. (2009). A new look at retest learning in older adults: learning in the absence of item-specific effects. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64(4):470-473, doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp040.
  • Ikier, S. Yang, L., & Hasher, L. (2008). Implicit interference, age, and automatic versus controlled retrieval strategy. Psychological Science, 19, 456‐461.
  • Yang, L., & Hasher, L. (2007). The enhanced effects of pictorial distraction in older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science, 62B, p230‐233.
  • Yang, L., Hasher, L., & Wilson, D. (2007). Synchrony effects in automatic and controlled retrieval. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, 51‐56.
  • Yang, L., Krampe, R. T., & Baltes, P. B. (2006). Basic forms of cognitive plasticity in the oldest‐old vs. the young old: Retest learning, age, and cognitive functioning. Psychology and Aging, 21, 372‐378.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Yang, L., Chen, W., Hg, A. H., & Fu, X. (2014). Culturally-promoted Memory for Categorically Processed Information: An East-West Cross-culture Study. The Psychonomic Society 2013 Annual Meeting, November 14-17, 2013, Toronto, Canada.
  • Truong, L., & Yang, L. (2014). The effects of mood induction on proactive and reactive cognitive control. Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California, November 20-23.
  • Li, L., & Yang, L. (2014). The Own-Race Bias in Context Memory of Faces: A Cross-Culture Comparison. Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) annual meeting, July 3-5, 2014, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Truong, L., & Yang, L. (2014). How Does Mood Affect Cognitive Control in Younger and Older Adults? Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) annual meeting, July 3-5, 2014, Oral Presentation. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Wong, B., & Yang, L. (2014). Implicit Statistical Learning from Attended and Unattended Information: A Culturally Universal Phenomenon? Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) annual meeting, July 3-5, 2014, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Gallant, S., & Yang, L. (2014). Reduced intentional forgetting of positive information in older adults. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Gallant, S., Yang, L., Wilkinson, A., Wilkins, L. & Patel, K. (2014). Practice-related cognitive imporvement in older adults: effects of a self-guided video game trianing pilot study. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Greenbaum, D., & Yang, L. (2014). The effects of valence- and goal-framing on memory for health appeals in young and odler adults. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Li, L., & Yang, L. (2014). Age and cultural differences in source memory: Does cultural preference in encoding style matter? Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Truong, L., Yang, L., & Lau, K. (2014). Divided attention, but not aging, wipes out the survival effect in memory. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.Wilkinson, A., & Yang, L. (2014). Plasticity of three sub-funcitons of inhibition in older adults: Retest practice and transfer effects. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Wong, B., & Yang, L. (2014). Age and cultural effects on memory fo rcomplex pictures under an unbinding condition. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Yang, L., Wilkinson, A., Gallant, S., Wilkins, L. Dyson, B., & Patel, K. (2014). The effects of self-guided cognitive and physical on the aging brains. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Yang, L., Chen, W., Hg, A. H., & Fu, X. (2013). Culturally-promoted Memory for Categorically Processed Information: An East-West Cross-culture Study. The Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, November 14-17, 2013, Toronto, Canada.
  • Gallant, S. & Yang, L. (2013). Effects of age and emotional valence on item-directed forgetting and source attribution. Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) annual meeting, June 7-9, 2013, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Wong, B., Yang, L., Yin, S. & Li, J. (2013). Unbinding of Contextual Information: Age Differences and Cultural Effects. The 2013 IACCP (International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology) Regional Conference, June 20-22, Los Angeles, U.S.
  • Yang, L., Li, J., Spaniol, J., Hasher, L., Wilkinson, A., Yu, J., & Niu, Y. (2013). Culturally-Promoted Memory for Socially Meaningful Contexts: An East-West Cross-Cultural Study. The 25th APS (Association for Psychological Science) Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013, Washington, D. C., United States.
  • Wilkinson, A. J., & Yang, L. (2013). Reducing reaction time variability in older adults? Retest practice and feedback. Baycrest 23rd Annual Neuroscience Conference: Brain Plasticity & Neurorehabilitation, March 4-6, Toronto, Canada
  • Wilkinson, A. J., Yang, L., & Dyson, B. J. (2013). Modulating younger and older adults’ performance in ignoring pictorial information during a word matching task. Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Annual Meeting, April 13-16, 2013, San Francisco, United States.
  • Wong, B., Yang, L., Yin, S, & Li, J. (2012). Unbinding of contextual information: Age differences and cultural effects. Poster session, The Psychology Graduate Research Symposium, November 9, Ryerson University, Toronto.
  • Greenbaum, D., Yang, L., Truong, L., & Gallant, S. (2012). Emotional effect on memory for incidentally encoded information. CSBBCS 22nd Annual Meeting, June 7-9, Queen’s University, Kinston, Ontario, Canada.
  • Yang, L., & Truong, L. (2012). The self-reference effect in emotional memory: A spontaneous mnemonic. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 19-22, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Truong, L., & Yang, L. (2012). Does emotional content facilitate or disrupt working memory performance in younger and older adults? Cognitive Aging Conference, April 19-22, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Wilkinson, A., Yang, L., & Dyson, B. (2012). Age differences in ignoring distracting pictures: An event-related potential (ERP) study. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 19-22, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Yang, L. (2011). Retest Learning as a Basic Form of Cognitive Plasticity in Older Adults. Symposium session: Maintaining Cognitive Functioning in our Later Years: Empirical Evidence and Application. the CPA’s 72nd Annual Convention, June 2-4, 2011, Sheraton Cintre Toronto Hotel, Toronto.
  • Truong, L., & Yang, L. (2011). Emotional valence, arousal, and interference resolution. The Inaugural Conference of the Rotman Research Institute and the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit: Neuroscience of Emotion and Emotion-related Disorders. March 27-29, 2011, The Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, Toronto. Canada.
  • Lau, K., & Yang, L. (2010). Adaptive memory: Survival effects in younger and older adults Southern Ontario Neuropsychology Group (SONG) Meeting, May 7, 2010, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Wilkinson, A., & Yang, L. (2010). Training-induced plasticity of inhibition in old age: Does feedback matter? Cognitive Aging Conference, April 15-18, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Lau, K., & Yang, L. (2010). Basic and evolutionary survival effect in adaptive memory of younger and older adults. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 15-18, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Yang, L., Krampe, R. T., & Reed, M. (2010). Basic form of cognitive plasticity in young-olds and oldest-olds: Retest learning and maintenance. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 15-18, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Yang, L., & Reed, M. (2009). Retest learning in the absence of item-specific effects: the young-old vs. the oldest old. 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, Massachusetts, November 19 –22, 2009.
  • Wilkinson, A., & Yang, L. (2009). Cognitive plasticity of inhibition in older adults. Psychology Research Symposium, Ryerson University, Toronto, October 29th, 2009.
  • Yang, L., & Reed, M., & Wilkinson, A. (2009). Memory training in oldest old and young old adults using Method-of-Loci with self-generated loci. APA 117th Annual Convention, August 6-9. 2009, Toronto.
  • Yang, L., Reed, M., Russo, F., & Wilkinson, A. (2008). Rule‐based Learning of Older Adults in Perceptual Speed and Inductive Reasoning. XXIX International Congress of Psychology, July 20‐25, Berlin, Germany.
  • Yang, L., & Ornstein, T. J., & Wilkinson (2008). Motivation and Emotional Memory: A Comparison between Younger and Older Adults. Cognitive Aging Conference, April 10‐13, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.