The Cognitive Aging Lab aims to investigate the changes in cognitive functions occurring with human aging and the potential learning capacity of older adults. The research methods being used in the lab primarily include behavioural experiments and psychometric assessments. We also occasionally adopt neuroimaging or electrophysiological techniques (fMRI and/or ERP) to examine the underlying brain mechanisms for cognitive functioning. The goal of our research is to better understand age-related changes in cognition (e.g., attention, memory, and learning) and the associated brain functions. Meanwhile, we have been dedicated to develop optimal cognitive and physical training programs that could help elderly people to maximally maintain their cognitive and neural functions.
Core Research Areas
Aging and Cognition
Plasticity and the Aging Brain
Culture and Memory
COVID-19 and the Chinese Community
September 2023: CAL welcomes new graduate student, Julie Dicker, and undergraduate research assistant, Mary Wang!
June 2022: Congratulations to CAL members Mariah Lecompte, Max Marshall, and Litzia Mirra! Mariah was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year, Max was awarded a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, and Litzia was awarded an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award!
June 2023: The CAL graduate students Mariah Lecompte, Cassandra Skrotzki, Kesaan Kandasamy, and Kathryn Bolton delivered a virtual and in-person Active Aging Workshop through the 50+ Program at Toronto Metropolitan University.
April 2023: CAL welcomes new undergraduate thesis students, Jeseca Kyreallah, Katherine Imbat, and Michaela Perez! The lab also welcomes a new summer research assistant, Tracy Xu! Finally, CAL welcomes Ling Li, Mike Chen, and Xindi Wang, who will be supporting the Active Aging with Resilience Project. Welcome all!
March 2023: New CAL study published in Aging and Health Research.
January 2023: CAL welcomes its newest research assistant, Yusuf Ghauri!
December 2022: Congratulations to CAL graduate students Cassandra Skrotzki and Kesaan Kandasamy who presented at the Psychonomic Society 63rd Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
Active Aging Workshop
Graduate students in the Cognitive Aging Lab collaborated with The LIFE Institute at Toronto Metropolitan University to deliver this Active Aging Workshop. View the workshop below to hear members of the Cognitive Aging Lab discuss current research on activities that contribute to healthy aging processes.