Associate Professor, Ph.D. (U. of Toronto), Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
- effective and functional connectivity
The overall objective of my research program is to understand how attention and memory interact in the brain, and to determine why explicit memory declines with age. Attentional control, or the ability to limit one’s attention to goal-relevant information and suppress distraction, interacts with and affects almost all cognitive functions.
However, most cognitive aging research tends to focus on declines within particular cognitive domains (e.g., associative memory, language comprehension) with little regard for how the tasks used to measure those domains also tax attentional control systems.
My research program breaks from this tradition by asking how artificial task demands, coupled with reduced attentional control, contribute to apparent age differences in memory and the neural processes underlying it.