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We Are Accepting Senior Research Participants!

Are you aged 60+?

Researchers at Ryerson University invite healthy individuals aged 60+ to participate in on-campus studies (downtown Toronto) that involve interesting tasks of thinking abilities, such as memory and attention. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Please contact the Cognitive Aging Lab if you are interested!

(416) 979-5000 x 4987 or email us at


Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology

50+festival picture

This year the fourth annual Get Psyched! Engaging with Aging and Psychology event was held on June 2nd, 2016 at Ryerson University as part of the Chang School’s 50+ Festival. This free event consisted of talks in the morning on decision making in old age and challenges faced by informal caregivers, followed by conversation sessions in the afternoon on particular topics in aging research including meditation and mindfulness, healthy sleep habits, and social engagement on the internet. To see the official event poster and get information on future events click here,

Ipod Drive

Alive Inside documentary follows Dan Cohen, a social worker who tries to bring personalized music to nursing homes after discovering its ability to awaken deeply-locked memories in people with dementia. Inspired by the Alive Inside documentary, the Ryerson campus iPod Drive was organized from September 16th to 20th, 2013 to support the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Music & Memory iPod Project.

Toronto Public Library Talks

CAL members, primarily graduate students and RAs, have presented at five Toronto public libraries: Deer Branch, Goldhawk Park, Annette Street, Spadina Road, and the Toronto Reference Library, to promote healthy aging. Their most recent talk on January 31st, 2012, at the Toronto Reference Library attracted an audience of over 160 people! CAL was invited to participate in the Toronto Reference Library event: Boomers and Beyond: Explore & Engage! This event showcased organizations that support and offer opportunities for engaged living for older adults. It was held on Friday, October 26, 2012.


  • RECRUITING Older Chinese Immigrants for a Study

    We are currently recruiting for a survey examining acculturation and its relationship with psychosocial wellbeing of older Chinese immigrants, in light of the COVID-19. Acculturation is a process associated with changes in values, attitudes and behaviours of individuals when adapting to another culture. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes. The survey will be conducted through…


    Our lab member and graduate student, Kathryn Bolton, welcomes you to participate in her study examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and cognitive functions of older adults. See details below with how to join!

  • Current Online Research Participation Opportunities

    If you are interested in participating in some online surveys, please follow these links. Your participation is completely voluntary and you will be compensated for your time. For more information regarding the study please contact and information regarding current grants are accessible via the “Current Grants” page on our website ( “Social Media Use…

  • Social Media Update

    We have officially generated our own Cognitive Aging Lab Facebook page! Please follow us for updates and to contact us for further interest in participating in our research if Facebook is one of your preferred methods of communication. Our URL is

  • Current Grants

    Interested in knowing about our current projects? Here is a link to our web page with the current grants we have received for our current research in the lab. For more information contact us at or contact Dr. Lixia Yang directly at

  • COVID-19 Contact Information

    Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, please contact us via email at in order to obtain a prompt response. Due to social distancing guidelines, we are unable to receive incoming phone calls to the lab. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.

  • Cognitive Aging Lab

    The projects conducted in the CAL lab aim to investigate the changes in cognitive functions occurring with human aging and the potential learning capacity of older adults. The research methods being used in the lab primarily include behavioural experiments and psychometric assessments. We also occasionally adopt neuroimaging or electrophysiological techniques (fMRI and/or ERP) to examine…