Buchsbaum lab

Welcome to the Buchsbaum Lab. We are a neuroscience lab within the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto. Led by Dr. Bradley Buchsbaum, our research addresses questions at the intertwining of memory and language in young and older adults. Our lab employs cognitive neuroscience methods including behavioral testing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and testing of patient populations.

Lab Members

SCIENTIST:
Dr. Bradley Buchsbaum
Brad is the benevolent director, occasional research assistant, and chief statistician of Lingua Memoria. He is also a scientist at the Rotman Research Institute and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Having completed a University of California trifecta (undergraduate, bio-psychology: UCSB, Ph.D cognitive science: UCI, post-doctoral fellowship: UC Berkeley), with a stop somewhere in between at NIH in Bethesda, Brad has settled down in Toronto to better pursue the mysteries of language, memory, and how it all sorts out in the brain.

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW:
Marie St-Laurent
Marie is a post-doctoral fellow in the Buchsbaum lab. Her research focuses on the influence of experience and pathology on the nature of memory representation and its neural correlates. She completed a BSc in Psychology at McGill University, where she learned most of her English and became infatuated by research in cognitive neuroscience. Things really spiralled out of control when she left her beloved Quebec and became a naturalized Ontarian to pursue an MA and PhD in psychology at the University of Toronto. As the lab’s unofficial mother figure, Marie would like you to be careful not to hog the testing laptop and to please scan that USB key for viruses, dear.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:
Jessica Arsenault
Jessica is in her second year of the PhD program in the Department of Psychology – and no, she can’t read your mind. She completed her MA in the Buchsbaum lab and her BSc at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Jess’ Masters thesis investigated the short- and long-term effects of temporal and perceptual context on episodic auditory verbal memories. Her PhD project will focus on the patterns of activation in the auditory cortex that correspond with perception and memory of speech sounds with a special focus on inner speech – once that’s done, THEN she’ll be able to read your mind.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS:
Ashley Bondad
Ashley is the primary Research Assistant in the lab. She has a BSc. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the UofT. She has a keen interest in the brain and its workings – she even uses one on a daily basis! Her responsibilities in the lab include recruiting participants, running studies and organizing data. Although still dabbling in the various areas of psychology, she is currently particularly interested in the role of linguistics in memory, neuroplasticity, themes of mindfulness in studies of rationality as well as issues in philosophy of mind.

Christine Yu
Christine is in her 3rd year at the University of Toronto studying Neuroscience and Economics. She first became interested in neuroscience while watching a show about a girl with spinocerebellar degenerative disease. The more she learns about the brain, the more she wishes Ms. Frizzle could show her inside one and then they could maybe open some ion channels and cross some synaptic gaps.

Naomi Cui
Naomi is a fourth year UofT student who majors in Computer Science and Linguistics. She is especially interested in the cognitive sciences and joined the lab after taking a fascinating course in psycholinguistics. In particular, she would like to learn more about heritage language speakers, language acquisition and computational linguistics and often spends her time thinking about brains and computers.

Martin Koo
Martin is a fourth year student studying neuroscience at U of T. His academic interests include, well, everything (he hopes to narrow this down with his experience in the lab), but he became especially fascinated by linguistics after learning about language acquisition and statistical learning. In addition to gaining a ton of experience to add to his brain’s reservoir of knowledge about, well, the brain, he hopes to one day learn to read minds and to find a cure for procrastination.

TECHNICAL STUDENTS:
Flora Liao
Hengwei Guo

PAST MEMBERS:
Kimberly Cho, Volunteer
Nathan Rose, Postdoctoral Fellow
Alessandro Trimarchi, Summer Student
Haley Park, Volunteer
Sabrina Lemire-Rodger, Research Assistant
Oles Chepsiuk, Summer Student
Candice Fang, Research Assistant
Bryan Hwang, Volunteer
Aaron Chan, Volunteer
May Wang, Volunteer
Jeremy Young, Research Assistant[/tab]