Khushi Patel

PhD Student, Vision Science Lab, Psychological Science, Ryerson University

Email: khushi.patel@psych.ryerson.ca

Degrees:

M.A., Psychological Science, Ryerson University
B.A., Psychology with Honours Thesis, Ryerson University

Khushi’s research in the CAL examined the difference in spatial memory performance in collectivist (i.e., India) and individualistic (i.e., Canada) cultures, and how these differences change with age. This project was funded by MITACS Globalink Research Award-MHRD, which enabled her to collaborate with researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G).

Khushi is presently a PhD student in Dr. Maureen Reed’s Vision Science Lab at Ryerson University. The focus of her dissertation work is to understand the neural mechanisms of abnormal eye movement and strabismus in children as well as adults.

Currently, Khushi is also working on two side projects. At the CAL, Khushi has been involved in a 10-week training study since 2013, examining the effects of lumosity and physical exercise training on both behavioural as well as EEG measures. She is now working on the follow-up study examining the durability of the training-induced changes 4 years after training completion. At the Vision Science Lab, she is working on her undergraduate thesis follow-up project, in which she is using EEG measures to investigate the underlying neural mechanisms of the behavioural deficits observed in older adults during multistable perception.

Research Experience

M.A. Thesis: Spatial memory in Canadian and Indian younger and older adults: The effects of age, culture and cultural orientation.
Supervisor: Dr. Lixia Yang, Cognitive Aging Lab, Ryerson University

M.A. Practicum: The impact of design on human behaviour: post occupancy evaluations at Providence Care Hospital, Kington, Ontario.
Supervisor: Dr. Celeste Alvaro, Methologica Inc.

B.A. Thesis: Multistable perception in older adults: Constructing a whole from fragments.
Supervisor: Dr. Maureen Reed, Vision Science Lab, Ryerson University

Recent Publications

Armstrong, B. A., Gallant, S. N., Li, L., Patel, K. & Wong, B. (2017). A meta-analysis of age-based stereotype threat effects on older adults’ episodic and working memory performance. The Gerontologist, 57, S193–S205.

Patel, K., & Reed, M. (2016). Multistable Perception in Older Adults: Constructing a Whole from Fragments. Brain Sciences, 6(1), 10. doi.org/10.3390/brainsci6010010

Recent Presentations

Patel, K. (2017). Spatial memory in Canadian and Indian younger and older adults: A cross- cultural study. Poster presented at the Ryerson 9th Annual Psychology Research Symposium, October 20, Toronto, ON.

Li, L., & Patel, K. (2017). Age-based stereotype threat effects on older adults’ memory: A meta- analysis. Talk at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, July 23-27, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Yang, L., Wilkinson, A. J., Gallant, S. N., Wilkins, Patel, K., & L., Dyson, B. (2016). Training the aging brain with mental and physical exercise. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, April 14-17, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Reed, M. & Patel, K. (2015). Changes in Multistable Perception in the Oldest Old Adults. American Psychological Association, Toronto, August, 2015.

Patel, K., & Reed, M. (2014). Global and local processes of illusory stimuli: Understanding Older and Younger adults’ perspective orientation. Poster presented at the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science, July 3-5, Toronto, ON.

Patel, K., & Reed, M. (2014). Global and local processes of illusory stimuli: Understanding Older and Younger adults’ perspective orientation. Poster presented at the Queen’s University 44th Annual Undergraduate Thesis Conference, May9/2014, Kingston, ON.

Gallant, S. N., Yang, L., Wilkinson, A. J., Wilkins, L., & Patel, K. (2014). Plasticity of executive functions in aging: Effects of self-guided Lumosity training. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Yang, L., Wilkinson, A. J., Gallant, S. N., Wilkins, L., Dyson, B., & Patel, K. (2014). The effects of self-guided mental and physical exercise on the aging brain: A pilot study. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, April 3-6, Atlanta, GA, USA.