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2018-19 VCNLAB TEAM

 

LAB DIRECTORS
Patrick J. Bennett 
Allison Sekuler

 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Eugenie Roudaia

Ali Hashemi

 

VISITING FACULTY

Caroline Blais

Daniel Fiset

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Parker Banks

Jessica Cali

Sarah Creighton

Ali Hashemi

Michael Slugocki

Jiali Song

Smruthi Venkateshan

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Jasleen Jagayat

 

THESIS STUDENTS

Leigh Greenberg

Hailey Wright

Melanie Lin

 

NSERC SUMMER 2018 STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENT 

Hailey Wright

 

LAB COORDINATOR

Donna Waxman

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Hailey Wright

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

Devon Malhotra

Hibo Rijal

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAB ALUMNI 

 

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The VCN Lab Team

We welcome applications from excellent students interested in cognitive neuroscience and visual perception. Students in the lab work on problems ranging from low-level vision through visual cognition. All students have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, in a collaborative atmosphere, using state-of-the-art equipment for psychophysical experiments, eye tracking, and neuroimaging studies. 

VCN Lab Team

Undergraduate students can apply to work in the lab either for credit (e.g., 2QQ3, 3QQ3, 4QQ3, 4D09), through the NSERC Summer Research Fellowship Programme, or on a volunteer basis. We have an outstanding placement record for our undergraduates in graduate and professional schools.

 

Graduate students can apply to work in the VCNLab through several different programs. Most of our students have come through the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University; students applying through PN&B should choose either the Perception & Cognition or Behavioural Neuroscience research areas when applying. Students can now also apply through one of McMaster's two new interdisciplinary graduate programs: Neuroscience, and the School of Computational Engineering and Science. It is always useful to let us know if you are applying through any of these programs so we can be on the lookout for your application. We welcome both Canadian and International students, and all students receive full funding and generous support to attend workshops, conferences, etc. Graduate students in the VCNLab are eligible to be part of one of two interdisiplinary CIHR training programs (one in aging and communication and the other in vision health). We encourage graduate students to work collaboratively, and we often co-supervise our students. Students with strong backgrounds in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Post-doctoral applicants should contact Patrick Bennett or Allison Sekuler directly to discuss the many different funding possibilities. PDFs may be eligible to be part of one of two interdisiplinary CIHR training programs (one in aging and communication and the other in vision health).

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Current Team Members

The link address is: /VCNTeam

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Lab Alumni

Visting Faculty

  • Frans Verstraten (1999)
    Universiteit Utrecht, Helmholtz Research Institute, The Netherlands
  • Robert Sekuler (2000)
    Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Brandeis University, Waltham MA



Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Carol Dengis (1996-1997)
  • Masayoshi Nagai (2003-2005)
    Scientist, Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan 
  • Guillaume Rousselet (2003-2006)
    Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Eric Richards (2002-2006)
  • Carl Gaspar (2006-2007)
    Researcher, Center for Cognitive and Brain Disorders, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China
  • Alexa Roggeveen (2007-2009)
    Research Associate and lecturer, Sheridan Elder Researc
  • Mathieu Brodeur (2008-2010)
    Assistant Professor, McGill University
  • Karin Pilz (2007-2011)
    Lecturer, Aberdeen University

 

Graduate Students

  • Linda Ozin (MSc 1995)
  • Andrea Protzner (MSc 2000)
    Postdoctoral researcher, Toronto Western Hospital
  • Jason Gold (MSc 1996; PhD 2001)
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington IN
  • Richard Murray (PhD 2002)
    Associate Professor of Psychology, York University
  • Lisa Betts (MSc 2001; PhD 2006)
    Postdoctoral researcher, McMaster University
  • Carl Gaspar (MSc 2001; PhD 2007) 
    Researcher, Center for Cognitive and Brain Disorders, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China
  • Chris Fiacconi (MSc Program 2007/08)
    PhD Student, Psychology, McMaster University
  • Zahra Hussain (PhD 2009)
    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Jesse Husk (PhD 2009)
    Studying MPH Biostatistics, Ohio State University
  • Ryan Kealey (MSc 2009)
    PhD student, Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Stan Govenlock (Phd 2010)
    Resident in Psychiatry, University of Calgary
  • • Yaroslav Konar (PhD 2011)
    Postdoctoral researcher, Queen's University
  • Christopher Patrick Taylor (PhD 2011)
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Reading, England
  • Emilie Harvey (MSc 2012) 
  • Lia Tsotsos (PhD 2012)
    Principle Researcher and Project Manager, Sheridan Elder Research Centre
  • Nidhi Trivedi (MSc 2012)
    PhD student, Chicago, Illinois
  • Eugenie Roudaia (PhD 2013)
    Postdoctoral researcher, Dublin, Ireland
  • Justine Spencer (2008-2015)
  • Matt Pachai (2007-2015)
  • Lindsay Farber (2007-2015)
  • Jordan Lass (2011-2016)
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Baycrest Health Sciences

 

 

Visiting Graduate Students

  • Yuko Yotsumoto (2004) 
  • Visited from Brandeis University (USA) 
  • Olivier Joubert (2006) 
  • Visited from the Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition/CNRS (France) 
  • Katrin Kliegl (2007)
  • Visited from the Universität Regensburg (Germany)


Undergraduate Students

  • Ardith Baerveldt
  • Alyssa Beauchamp
  • Nikki Beaulieu
  • Diana Carbone
  • Aaron Clarke
  • Katie Clements
  • Sarah Creighton
  • Fil Cortese
  • Ayan Dey
  • Lily DeMiglio
  • Carol Flynn
  • Tania Gora
  • Sharon Guttman
  • Jessica Hay
  • Jamie Hillis
  • Paul Jaye
  • Ryan Kealey
  • Victor Lee (08/09)
  • Randall Lau (07/08)
  • Richard Louka
  • Andrew Milne
  • Mariam Nahal
  • George (Jiri) Najemnik
  • Cigdem Penpeci Talgar
  • Franca Placenza
  • Omar Qureshy
  • Michael Sawa
  • Melissa Sergi
  • Zachary Stansfield (07/08)
  • Diana Toubassi
  • Dave van Valkenburg
  • Nicole Walton
  • Laura Wood
  • Amy Yuen
  • Michael Joseph
  • David Bukala
  • Paul Sirek
  • Chang Lu
  • Divya Gumber
  • Ayan Dey
  • Navangi Patel
  • Edith Ho
  • Esther Roche
  • Taras Nahirny
  • Dashrath Gautam
  • Louis Zavodni
  • Linda Dilworth
  • Lin Bao
  • Vanessa Moldes
  • Andrea Kelland
  • Vicky Armstrong
  • KarenWilloughby
  • Mayu Mishimura
  • Paul Szego
  • Nicole Anderson
  • Renetha Nagendra
  • David Knechtal
  • Sandra Thomson
  • Tammy Yuen

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Sophie Poinar

Research Assistant 

2013-2018

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Allison B. Sekuler

Lab Director

Cognitive neuroscience, visual perception

  • Perceptual organization
  • Face and object recognition
  • Pattern vision 
  • Motion perception
  • Perceptual learning and plasticity
  • Aging and vision
  • Neuroimaging
  • Autism

 

McMaster University

Associate Vice-President & Dean, Graduate Studies (on research leave)
Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience (2001-2011)
Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)

 

York University

Adjunct Member, Centre for Vision Research

 

 

Contact Information

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Patrick J. Bennett

Lab Director

Cognitive neuroscience, visual perception

  • Visual perception 
  • Pattern vision
  • Psychophysics
  • Perceptual learning & development
  • Aging & vision
  • Ideal observer theory
  • Neuroimaging
  • Evoked potentials

  

York University

Adjunct Member, Centre for Vision Research

 

McMaster University

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Vision Science
Department of Psychology, 
Neuroscience & Behaviour

McMaster University
 

Contact Information

email:  bennett@mcmaster.ca
phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23012
fax: 905-529-6225

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