Research Opportunities

I am interested in working with undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates are welcome to take part as research interns (PSYC*3900), or thesis students (PSYC*4870 and PSYC*4880). I also supervise Masters and Doctoral candidates as they work on their dissertations.

I request that students who are interested in working with me have completed the following courses:

  • Principles of Sensation and Perception (PSYC*2390)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSYC*2650)
  • Introductory Research Methods (PSYC*2360)
  • Quantification in Psychology (PSYC*1010)

  • If you have completed those requisite courses, and are interested in performing research, please feel free to contact me.

    Research Interests

    My research centres on the study of attention and working memory, and how attention and memory operations change as individuals progress from childhood to old age. I have both basic and applied research programs.

    Basic Research

                          Basic Research

    My basic research centers around item individuation, unit formation and grouping. Specific topics include:

    1) temporal and spatial enumeration - Try a subitizing demo!
    2) multiple object tracking - Try a MOT demo!
    3) reading and counting disorders in children and adults
    4) visual and attentional factors that affect performance in day to day tasks
    5) factors in reasoning about uncertain situations (the Gambler's fallacy)

     Applied Research

    In 2005, I acquired a Drive Safety driving simulator. The simulator involves an actual car body surrounded by viewing screens that immerse drivers in a virtual reality allowing them to experience all the sights, sounds, and feelings of driving without experiencing the risk. With the collaboration of researchers from Computing and Information Science and Engineering, I am using this simulator in order to investigate the following issues:

    1) age and experience related changes in crash risk as they relate to multiple target tracking and the impact of distraction
    2) the effect of new technologies on driving performance (e.g. cell phone use, in-vehicle navigation systems, collision avoidance systems, multimedia devices, etc.)
    3)simulator adaptation syndrome
        a) galvanic vestibular stimulation
        b) galvanic cutaneous stimulation
    4) change blindness
    5) useful field of view
    6) attentional blink
    7) impact of emotions on driving safety

    Funding Agencies

    My research is currently funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation,
    the Ontario Innovation Trust, the Auto21 National Centre of Excellence and CanDrive.

    For further information about my research and our driving simulator, please visit:


    Current Students:

    2011-2012; Ece Subasi; MA

    2008 & 2010-2012; Robert Ramkhalawansingh; MA, Psychology Honours

    Click here to see a list of Alumni

    I supervise students with some background and interest in sensation and perception for practica, honours thesis and graduate projects. Please contact me if you are interested.