Past lab members:


Dr. Veronica Nacher – Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017), Researcher Profile available at ResearchGate

  • Veronica works on questions about the mechanisms and functional roles of brain network interactions in attention and learning tasks.


BSc. cand. Alireza Tajadod (Honours Thesis, Mathematics)  (2015-2017)

  • Alireza aims to identify how saccadic eye movement patterns predict to which aspects in our environment attention is deployed.


BA cand. Steven Chen (Honours Thesis, Cognitive Science)  (2016-2017)

  • Steven is working on the experimental control of naturalistic 3D environments and develops machine learning approaches to understand the behaviour of humans in these 3D environments.

  • BA cand. Zemina Meghji – Honours Thesis Student (2015-2016)
  • Zemina works on projects developing an overt behavioural marker of (covert) learning the feature relevance in an attentional task.

Dr. Stephanie Westendorff – Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015)

Dr. Salva Ardid – Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-14)

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PhD Matt Balcarras – Phd thesis (2011-15)

  • Matt moved on to Vancouver BC to become VP and Chief Scientist at ADX
    Advance Directives Xtended !
  • His Researcher Profile available at ResearchGat
  • Matt received 2013 the best abstract award from the Cognitive Science Society for his abstract and presentation of “Balcarras, Ardid, Kaping, Everling, Womelsdorf: Reinforcement learning predicts value-driven attentional selection in a foraging task. Workshop: “Learning to Attend, Attending to Learn”, San Diego, CA.

Keshna Sood – Undergraduate Honours Thesis (2014-15)

  • Keshna moved on to graduate school for a MSc with a molecular focus at the University of Toronto
  • Keshna finished successfully an ambitious matlab analysis project for an 8 credit Honours Thesis about ‘inferring learning success and value predictions from anticipatory licking responses in a reversal learning task’.

BSc. Omar Abid – Undergrad. Research Practicum (2014)

  • Omar has moved on to a PhD in John Tsotsos computational laboratory of active and attentive vision at York University to embark on ambitious PhD projects !

Dr. Cristiano Micheli – Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-14)

  • Cristiano went on to work as Senior Research Scientist in the Neurocognitive Psychology Lab, Prof. Dr. Jochem Rieger, at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.
  • In the Attentional Control lab Cristiano has worked on joint projects with the Valiante lab, Epilepsy Neurosurgery Program at Toronto Western Hospital.

MSc Chen Shen , MSc Neuroscience graduate student (2011-14)

  • Chen now works outside academia at a prestigious insurance company in Toronto in the statistics department.


Dr. Daniel Kaping – Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-12)

Johanna Stucke – Research Assistant (2010-12)



Michelle Bale – MSc Neuroscience thesis (2009-11)

  • Michelle went to Medical School at Western University


Iman Janemi – MSc Neuroscience thesis (2009-11)

  • Iman went to Dental-Medical School at the University of Detroit