Principal Investigator

Morgan Barense

Morgan Barense, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience

barense (at) psych (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Office phone: (416) 978-5429

Morgan received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. She remained in Cambridge for her postdoctoral work to undertake a Peterhouse Research Fellowship. She joined the faculty at the University of Toronto in 2009. She has been trained in animal neuroscience, human neuropsychology, fMRI, and cognitive psychology and enjoys bringing these approaches together to study the neural underpinnings of memory.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jackson Liang, Ph.D.

jacksoncliang (at) gmail (dot) com

I am a postdoctoral fellow with Morgan Barense. My interest in studying the brain began at the University of California, Berkeley, where I received a B.A. in Neurobiology. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, where I examined category-level memory representations within the human medial temporal lobe. My current research interest is in understanding how the brain incorporates spatial and temporal context into the formation of complex object representations. I am an avid tennis player, pianist, and I enjoy playing board games and chasing my dog around in the snow. 


Chris Martin, Ph.D.

cmarti97 (at) gmail (dot) com

I completed my Ph.D. at Western University with Stefan Köhler, where I focused on characterizing medial temporal lobe contributions to item recognition. While at Western, I was trained in fMRI and neuropsychological approaches to cognitive neuroscience. The research questions that I'm currently most interested in concern the relationship between visual perception and the corresponding abstraction of conceptual knowledge. For example, does the brain represent perceptual and conceptual object information independently, or in a bound manner? 


Ryan Stevenson, Ph.D.

ryan.andrew.stevenson (at) gmail (dot) com

I am a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow working with Morgan Barense and Susanne Ferber. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and my PhD from Indiana University before undertaking my first postdoc at Vanderbilt University. My research focuses on how we bind visual and auditory information in a unified percept. This research includes healthy individuals throughout the lifespan and clinical populations, specifically individuals with Autism. In my free time, I can usually be found reading, biking, or cooking with friends.


Graduate Students

Morgan Barense

Lok-Kin Yeung, M.A.

lokkin.yeung (at) utoronto (dot) ca

I joined the lab as a graduate student in 2010. I am interested in understanding the neural mechanisms supporting conceptual representations and their effects on memory, using behavioral, computational and neuroimaging methods. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, strategy games, and running. Before joining the lab, I received a B.Sc. from Columbia University.


Danielle Douglas, M.A.

d.douglas (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca

I am interested in combining neuropsychological profiling with human brain imaging techniques, such as fMRI and MEG, to study mnemonic and other high-level cognitive processes. Currently, my research focuses on how memory and high-level visual perception interact with one another, particularly in the medial temporal lobes. Outside of the lab I enjoy reading, painting, practicing mindfulness meditation, and spending time outdoors.


Celia Fidalgo, M.A.

celia.fidalgo (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca

I joined the lab in 2013. I obtained an honors specialization degree (BSc) in psychology from Western University, where I examined the physiological processes involved in recognition memory. I am generally interested in memory and perception, and my research involves studying the neural correlates of these processes using various behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. Outside the lab I enjoy long distance running, cooking and travelling.

Iva Brunec, M.A.

iva.kristlbrunec (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca

I’m graduate student co-supervised by Dr Morgan Barense and Dr Morris Moscovitch. I’m interested in understanding how time is represented by the hippocampus, and how this representation might interact with the neural mechanisms supporting spatial information. Before moving to Toronto, I received my BSc in psychology from niversity College London, where my research focused on spatial navigation and memory. Outside of the lab, I love to travel, read, and run.


Patricia Marshall

patricia.marshall (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca

I completed my BA (Hons) in Psychology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. My undergraduate research focused on the effects of state and trait anxiety on the creation of false memories. I am currently a graduate student working under Dr. Nicole Anderson and Dr. Morgan Barense. My research focuses on cognitive aging. In particular, I am interested in how episodic memory for several stimulus modalities changes as a function of age. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and time with friends and family. 

Nicole Telidis

nicole.telidis (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca

I joined the lab as a graduate student in 2015. I am co-supervised by Morgan Barense and Dirk Bernhardt-Walther, and am interested in the links between memory and perception. Specifically, I'll be using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying the perception and memory of scenes. I completed a BSc in mathematical physics at Queen's University, and a BA in psychology at McGill. In my free time, I like to play piano, paint, test my cat's intelligence, and ride my bike. 

Lab Manager

Valentina Mihajlovic

valentina.mihajlovic (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca

I began working with Dr. Barense in 2014, and am currently completing my BSc in Psychology and Physiology at the University of Toronto. In the future, I plan to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, dance, and learning new languages.


Undergraduate Students

Bryan Hong bryan.hong (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Louisa Man (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Anna Keshabyan anna.keshabyan (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Ze Yuan Wang (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Valentina Mihajlovic valentina.mihajlovic (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Sara Pishdadian sara.pishdadian (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Alana Brown alana.brown (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Tiffany Leung tiffanyw.chung (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Allie Sinclair allie.sinclair (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Aaron Wang (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca
Kimberly Legate kim.legate (at) mail (dot) utoronto (dot) ca


Selected Alumni

Rachel Newsome, Ph.D.

2010-2015: Graduate student
Present: Postdoctoral fellow, Rotman Research Institute

Jonathan Erez, Ph.D.

2009-2015: Graduate student
Present: Data scientist

Victoria Smith

2013-2015: Lab manager and research assistant
Present: Lab manager, Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, York University

Felicia Zhang

2013-2015: Research assistant and honours thesis student
Present: Graduate student, Psychology, Princeton University

Naomi Hazlett

2014-2015: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto 

Alina Guna

2011-2014: Lab manager
Present: Graduate student, Molecular Biology, Cambridge University

Alexandra Trelle

2011-2012: Lab manager
Present: Graduate student, Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University

Lev Tankelevitch

2010-2013: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Neuroscience, Oxford University

William Kendall

2010-2013: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Cognitive Science, University of British Columbia

Sinead Brady

2011-2012: Research assistant
Present: Adaptive Brain Communications fellow, Oxford University

Iris Groen

2008-2009: Master's student
Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Mental Health

Wendy Xin

2011-2012: Mini-thesis student
Present: Graduate student, Johns Hopkins University

Alex Jacob

2014: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto

Robin Nguyen

2010-2011: Lab manager
Present: Graduate student, Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto

Joan Ngo

2009-2010: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto