Research Assistants


Rachel Appiah

Rachel is a fourth-year undergraduate Psychology student, minoring in Organizational Leadership at Ryerson University. Rachel is particularly interested in learning more about motivation science and how certain factors can tip the scale and influence an individual’s decision-making. Rachel will be working alongside Dr. Julia Spaniol as a research assistant in the MAD Lab. She will also complete her thesis on the effect of social rewards on online educational learning, under the supervision of Dr. Julia Spaniol.

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Bassam Husain
Bassam graduated from Ryerson University in April 2020 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. One of his contributions at the MAD lab has been to write (in Javascript) an online experiment examining the effects of intrinsic motivation on behavioural effort. He is applying to graduate school next year and ultimately wants to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology.

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Camille Nurse

Camille graduated from Alabama A&M University in May 2020 with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in biology. She has an interest in memory and attention processes in sports. Inspired to research this by her years in collegiate soccer. Camille is currently assisting with research projects that study decision making for self and other and the role of age in such process. Camille is looking to pursue medical school with the hopes to become a psychiatrist.

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Ragini Singh

Ragini graduated from Queen’s University in May 2020 with a B.Sc in Honours Psychology, and a minor in Mathematics. She completed a thesis in the realm of Cognitive Psychology on the organization of motor memories for families of objects. Ragini‘s interests are in memory and its affect on decision making, and the role of age in such processes. She is currently assisting Dr. Julia Spaniol with research projects in the MAD lab. Ragini hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology in the near future.

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Sabrina Valenzano

Sabrina is in her fourth year of the Psychology BA program at Ryerson. She has an interest in the memory and attention processes that take place during learning and is particularly interested in the methods that aid in encoding and recall of information in older adults. Sabrina is currently assisting with research projects that study intrinsic motivation, memory and curiosity. She plans to complete her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Julia Spaniol in the MAD lab next year.

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Arnon Weinberg
Arnon is currently retired from a career of over 20 years in IT.
Always interested in science, particularly cognitive science, he now volunteers his time to do science work as a research assistant at Ryerson, a moderator on the Psychology Stack Exchange, writing about science on his blog, and various other research projects as they come up.
Arnon graduated from the University of Toronto with a major in Psychology, and from York University with an MBA.  He is particularly interested in consciousness, introspection, and decision making.

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