Dr. Lixia Yang


Dr. Lixia Yang, PhD.

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. Dr. Yang’s research interest covers three related areas: cognitive plasticity of the aging brain, cultural differences in attention and memory, as well as emotion-cognition interaction in aging.

Recent Contributions

I. Publications in Refereed Journals

  • *Wilkinson, A. J., & Yang, L. (in press). Long-term maintenance of multiple task inhibition practice and transfer effects in older adults: A 3.5-year follow-up. The special issue “Aging and Inhibition: The View Ahead”, Psychology and Aging.
  • *Gallant, S. N., *Carvalho, M., *Hansi, J., & Yang, L. (2019, September 26). The effect emotional distraction on hyper-binding in young and older adults. Cognition and Emotion, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2019.1668750
  • *Gallant, S. N., Spaniol, J., & Yang, L. (2019). Age differences in cue utilization during prospective and retrospective memory monitoring.Psychology and Aging, 34(4), 545-557. doi:10.1037/pag0000352
  • Yang, L., Li, J., *Wilkinson, A., Spaniol, J., & Hasher, L. (2018). East-West cultural differences in encoding objects in imagined social contexts. Plos One. 13(11): e0207515. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0207515
  • *Gallant, S. N., Pun, C., & Yang, L. (2018). Age differences in the neural correlates underlying control of emotional memory: An event-related potential study. Brain Research, 1697, 83-92. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.06.019
  • Girard, T., Wilkins, L., Lyons, K., Yang, L., & Christensen, B. (2018). Traditional Test Administration and Proactive Interference Undermine Visual-Spatial Working Memory Performance in Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 23(4): 242-253. doi: 10.1080/13546805.2018.1479248.
  • *Wong, B., Yin, S., Yang, L. Li, J., Spaniol, J. (2017). Cultural differences in memory for objects and backgrounds in pictures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(3), 407-417. doi: 10.1177/0022022117748763. sagepub.com/home/jcc.
  • Mallya, S., Reed, M., & Yang, L. (2018). A theoretical framework for using humor to reduce the effects of chronic stress on cognitive function in older adults: An integration of findings and methods from diverse areas of psychology. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 32, 49-71. https://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2017-0068.
  • Judges, R. A., Gallnt, S. N., Yang, L., & Lee, K. (2017). The role of cognition, personality, and trust in fraud victimization in older adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 588. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00588. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00588
  • Gallant, S., Dyson, B. J., Yang, L. (2017). Local context effects during emotional item directed forgetting in younger and older adults. Memory, 25 (8),1129-1138. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2016.1274036.
  • Tallon, K., Koerner, N., & Yang, L. (2016). Working memory in Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Effects of verbal and image-based worry and relation to cognitive and emotional processes. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(1), 72-94. doi: 10.5127/jep.045714
  • Wilkinson, A.J., & Yang, L. (2016). Long-term maintenance of inhibition training effects in older adults: 1- and 3-year follow-up. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 71 (4), 622-629. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu179.
  • Wilkinson, A. J., & Yang, L. (2016). Inhibition plasticity in older adults: Practice and transfer effects using a multiple task approach. Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016, Article ID 9696402, 12 pages. doi: 10.1155/2016/9696402

II. Book Chapters

  • Yang, L., *Wong, B., & *Li, L. (2019). Culture and memory. Clinical Cultural Neuroscience: Foundations and Assessment (Ed., O. Pedraza). Oxford University Press, New York, USA.
  • *Gallant, S., & Yang, L. (2015, December). Directed Forgetting. The encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (Ed., S. K. Whitbourne), 1-5. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Willey Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa324
  • *Truong, L., & Yang, L. (2015, December). Dual Mechanisms of Cognitive Control. The encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (Ed., S. K. Whitbourne), 1-4. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Willey Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa325
  • *Wilkinson, A.J., & Yang, L. (2015, December). Cognitive Plasticity. The encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (Ed., S. K. Whitbourne), 1-5. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Willey Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa327