Lab News

June 2021: Julia’s new SSHRC Insight Grant (“Aging and prosociality: Understanding the role of cognitive, motivational, and resource-related factors”) has been announced. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Karl Szpunar (Ryerson) as well as Dr. Michelle Silver (University of Toronto Scarborough) and Dr. Dave Flora (York University).

May 2021: Congratulations to MAD Lab grad students on being awarded scholarships for 2021/2022: NSERC CGS-M (Mane), SSHRC CGS-M (Shadini), QEII-GSST (Brandy), and OGS (Polina)!

May 2021: Rachel Appiah receives a 2021 Diversity Summer Research Award from the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging. Congratulations Rachel!

May 2021: The MAD Lab welcomes our 2021 NSERC USRA student, Sana Junaid, and our Summer Work-Study Research Assistant, Adrian Colbert!

May 2021: Liyana Swirsky is accepted to the CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging 2021. Congratulations Liyana!

May 2021: New MAD Lab article in press at Neurobiology of Aging. Congratulations Margot and co-authors!

May 2021: The MAD Lab congratulates our 2020 NSERC USRA student, Sadia Chowdhury, on her acceptance into the MSc Program in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto. Way to go Sadia!

April 2021: Honour’s thesis students Rachel Appiah and Sabrina Valenzano present their findings at the virtual thesis showcase. Congratulations Rachel and Sabrina!

April 2021: New MAD Lab article in press at Neuropsychology! Congratulations Erika and co-authors!

November 2020: MAD Lab members present posters at Virtual Psychonomics!

November 2020: New MAD Lab article in press at Scientific Reports! Congratulations Liyana!

September 2020: Welcome new MAD lab members! New MA students: Polina Andrievskaia (co-supervised with Dr. Behrang Keshavarz, Toronto Rehab), Shadini Dematagoda and Mane Kara-Yakoubian; new undergraduate thesis students: Rachel Appiah and Sabrina Valenzano.

August 2020: Sadia Chowdhury completes her “remote” NSERC USRA and Yazan Shamli-Oghli moves on to U of T. Congratulations Sadia and Yazan!

August 2020: Congratulations to Brandy Murovec on her sucessful MA defence!

June 2020: Belated congratulations to  Shadini Dematagoda and Mane Kara-Yakoubian, who will be joining the MAD Lab as MA students in September, on winning Ryerson Graduate Scholarships for their first year in the graduate program!

June 2020: Current/former MAD lab research assistants Bassam and Audrey are graduating with a BA in Psychology. Congratulations!

June 2020: New MAD lab article in press at Medical Decision Making!

May 2020: Liyana Swirsky receives a 3-year NSERC CGS-D award. Congratulations, Liyana!

May 2020: Sabrina Valenzano joins the MAD lab as a Spring/Summer Research Assistant and Sadia Chowdhury joins as an NSERC USRA. Welcome, Sadia and Sabrina!

May 2020: Aalim, Liyana, and Margot present posters at Virtual CNS!

February 2020: New MAD lab articles to appear in Psychology and Aging and Neurobiology of Aging!

January 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Holly Bowen, MAD lab alumna (PhD 2013), who was named an APS Rising Star!

November 2019: The MAD lab presents a poster (meta-analysis of aging and altruistic decision making) at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal.

October 2019: The MAD lab has a graduate student opening for Fall 2020! Click here for more information.

September 2019: The MAD lab welcomes Margot Sullivan (new postdoctoral fellow), Aalim Makani (new lab manager) and Yazan Shamli Oghli (new research assistant)!

September 2019: Marie Wieschen (visiting PhD student) has finished her research practicum in the MAD lab. Thank you and bon voyage, Marie! As well, Joseph Rovetti has wrapped up his NSERC USRA. Congrats Joseph on a job well done!

July 2019: Bonnie Armstrong successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Deviations from Bayes’ theorem during belief updating in younger and older adults: Evidence from behaviour and neural activity.” Congratulations Bonnie on a superb job!

July 2019: Marie Wieschen, PhD student from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, joins the lab for a 2.5-month research practicum. Marie’s project examines effects of age and arousal on fast binary decisions using a diffusion modeling approach. Welcome Marie!

June 2019: Dr. Spaniol’s Canada Research Chair has been renewed for another 5 years!

June 2019: The MAD lab is hiring a postdoc! Click here to see the job ad.

June 2019: Liyana Swirsky receives a CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for her Master’s thesis, and Joseph Rovetti wins multiple awards, including the Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal – the most prestigious Ryerson undergraduate award. Congratulations Liyana and Joseph!

June 2019: Audrey Shulman presents a poster based on her honour’s thesis at the CSBBCS meeting in Waterloo, ON!

May 2019: New MAD lab articles to appear in Psychology and Aging and WIREs Cognitive Science, and new collaborative articles to appear in Emotion and Psychology and Aging!

May 2019: Audrey Shulman, former honour’s thesis student, rejoins the lab as a summer research assistant! Audrey will work on a project looking at the link between curiosity, reward, and memory. Welcome back Audrey!

May 2019: Joseph Rovetti joins the MAD lab as an NSERC USRA student! He will be working on a study examining arousal-biased decision making in younger and older adults, using behaviour and pupillometry. Welcome Joseph!

April 2019: Dr. Spaniol receives a YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award!

March 2019: MAD lab graduate student Bonnie Armstrong presents research findings at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, CA!

December 2018: New MAD lab article to appear in Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience!

November, 2018: Graduate students Bonnie Armstrong and Liyana Swirsky, as well as lab alumna Holly Bowen, present MAD lab research at the Meetings of the Psychonomic Society and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making in New Orleans, LA!

October, 2018: Congrats to Bonnie Armstrong and Liyana Swirsky on their OGS scholarships, and to Erika Sparrow on her NSERC CGS-D scholarship!

October, 2018: Dr. Spaniol’s NSERC Discovery Grant was renewed for 2018-2023!

September 2018: New MAD lab article to appear in Psychoneuroendocrinology!

August, 2018: MAD Lab alumna Holly Bowen begins Assistant Professor position at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX! Congrats Holly!

July, 2018: Farrah Kudus successfully defends her MA thesis on age differences in reward-motivated attention. Congrats Farrah!

June, 2018: Liyana Swirsky successfully defends her MA thesis on motivation and hyper-binding. Congrats Liyana!

June, 2018: Summer 2018 edition of the Ryerson Alumni magazine features research on memory and ageing from the MAD lab!

May, 2018: MAD lab graduate student Liyana Swirsky presents her research findings at the 4th Annual Spring Meeting of the Toronto Area Memory Group at the University of Toronto, and receives the Bartlett Award for most outstanding data blitz!

May, 2018: MAD lab director Dr. Julia Spaniol and graduate students Farrah Kudus and Liyana Swirsky present research findings at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA!

March 2018: MAD lab graduate student Erika Sparrow receives the LIFE Institute’s Jack Brown Award!

February 2018: New MAD lab article appears in Psychology and Aging!

February 2018: New MAD lab article appears in BMJ Open!

February, 2018: New MAD lab article appears in Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience!

November, 2017: MAD lab graduate students Bonnie Armstrong and Erika Sparrow present research findings at the Meetings of the Psychonomic Society and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making in Vancouver!

November, 2017: MAD lab graduate students Farrah Kudus and Liyana Swirsky attend the Gender Summit 2017 in North America in Montreal!

October, 2017: Leann Lapp receives her PhD at Fall Convocation! Congrats Leann!

September, 2017: Laura Bianchi starts her MA in psychology at the University of Waterloo, in the cognitive psychology branch. Congrats Laura!

August, 2017: Ryan Marinacci starts his JD at the University of Toronto. Congrats Ryan!

August, 2017: Naomi Weiger starts her international research practicum in the MAD lab from Germany!

July, 2017: Bonnie Armstrong and fellow graduate students publish meta-analysis in The Gerontologist!

June, 2017: Leann Lapp successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Prospection and goals in healthy aging.” Congrats Leann!

June, 2017: New MAD lab article appears in Learning and Motivation!

June, 2017: Laura Bianchi and Ryan Marinacci graduate from the BA program in Psychology at Ryerson!

May, 2017: Ryan Marinacci wins 2nd NSERC USRA scholarship, as well as CPA thesis award. Congrats Ryan!

May, 2017: MAD lab PhD student Leann Lapp presents her research findings at the 3rd Annual Spring Meeting of the Toronto Area Memory Group at the University of Toronto.

April, 2017: MAD lab undergraduate thesis students Laura Bianchi and Ryan Marinacci present research findings at Ryerson’s 9th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Poster Session.

March, 2017: MAD lab graduate students Bonnie Armstrong, Erika Sparrow, and Farrah Kudus present research findings at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, CA.

February, 2017: New MAD lab article to appear in Memory!

February, 2017: New MAD lab article to appear in Medical Decision Making!

December, 2016: New MAD lab article to appear in Brain and Cognition!

November, 2016: MAD lab Director Dr. Julia Spaniol presents her research findings at the Psychonomic Society’s 57th Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

October, 2016: MAD lab PhD student Leann Lapp presents research findings at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention in NYC.

October, 2016: Psychology MA/PhD Graduate Program Open House at Ryerson! Anyone interested in applying to our graduate program is encouraged to attend.

September, 2016: New MAD lab article appears in Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports!

September, 2016: Ryan Williams starts his MA in psychology at the University of Toronto, in the cognitive neuroscience branch. Congrats Ryan!

September, 2016: Farrah Kudus joins the MAD lab as an MA student in the Psychological Sciences Graduate Program!

June, 2016: MAD lab graduate student Bonnie Armstrong attends the Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.

June, 2016: MAD lab research assistant Laura Bianchi attends the Vision Science Summer Camp at the Centre for Vision Research at York University.

May, 2016: MAD lab graduate student Erika Sparrow presents research findings at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Granada, Spain.

May, 2016: Ryan Marinacci wins NSERC USRA scholarship. Congrats Ryan!

April, 2016: Erika Sparrow successfully defends her MA thesis on intertemporal choice, aging, and altruism. Congrats Erika!

April, 2016: Members of the MAD lab present research findings at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting in NYC and at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA.

March, 2016: The MAD lab enters a collaboration with Dr. Jolynn Pek’s team at York University. The project examines predictors of problem gambling among seniors in Ontario, and is sponsored by the Gambling Research Exchange Ontario.

February, 2016: Ryerson University launches a new National Institute on Ageing!

February, 2016: New MAD lab article appears in Experimental Aging Research!

January, 2016: New MAD lab article appears in PloS ONE!

January, 2016: New MAD lab article appears in Brain and Cognition!

December, 2015: MAD lab graduate students Leann Lapp and Erika Sparrow present their current research at the Brain, Perception, and Cognition area brown-bag meeting.

November, 2015: Members of the MAD lab present research findings at the Meetings of the Psychonomic Society and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making in Chicago, IL.

October, 2015: Psychology MA/PhD Graduate Program Open House at Ryerson! Anyone interested in applying to our graduate program is encouraged to attend.

September, 2015: MAD lab PhD student Leann Lapp attends the International Training Programme on Ageing in Dublin, Ireland.

July, 2015: Pete Wegier defends his dissertation, entitled “Aging and decisions from experience: Differences in information search and subsequent decision quality,” and moves to the University of Missouri to begin his postdoc in medical decision making. Congrats Pete!

July, 2015: New MAD lab article appears in Brain Research!

June, 2015: Ryan Williams graduates from the BA program in Psychology at Ryerson and wins the CPA thesis award, as well as an NSERC USRA scholarship. Congrats Ryan!

May, 2015: Erika Sparrow, Bonnie Armstrong, and Julia Spaniol are awarded a Harry Rosen Research Grant from the Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research to investigate stress effects on temporal discounting in younger and older adults.

May, 2015: Bonnie Armstrong and former undergraduate thesis student Stephanie Yung present research findings at the inaugural Meeting of the Toronto Area Memory Group at the University of Toronto.

April, 2015: New MAD lab article appears in PLoS ONE!