Lab News

May 2024: Shadini Dematagoda presents MAD Lab research at the Toronto Area Memory Group Meeting.

April 2024: Megan Vaziri presents MAD lab research at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting in Toronto.

February 2024: Lindsay Santacroce is the 2024 winner of the McCall MacBain 10min Research Talk competition at McMaster University. Congratulations Lindsay!

February 2024: Julia Spaniol is named an APS Fellow.

November 2023: Aalim Makani, Shadini Dematagoda, and Julia Spaniol present MAD Lab research at Psychonomics in San Francisco.

November 2023: New MAD Lab study in press at Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

October 2023: Congratulations to Aalim Makani on graduating from the MA program and starting his PhD, and to Dr. Liyana Swirsky on receiving her PhD and starting her postgraduate career!

September 2023: Congratulations to MAD Lab students on their new scholarships: Shadini Dematagoda (NSERC Vanier), Megan Vaziri (NSERC CGS-M), Aalim Makani (OGS), Brandy Murovec (TMGS)!

September 2023: Welcome to new MAD Lab students Megan Vaziri (MA Clinical) and Santhiya Purohit (undergraduate thesis student)!

August 2023: Congratulations to Aalim Makani on his successful MA defense, and to Liyana Swirsky on her successful PhD defense!

August 2023: New collaborative study in press at Experimental Brain Research.

August 2023: Welcome to new MAD Lab postdoc Lindsay Santacroce!

August 2023: Julia Spaniol presents MAD Lab research at SARMAC in Nagoya, Japan.

July 2023: New MAD lab study in press at Experimental Aging Research.

July 2023: Mane Kara-Yakoubian and Shadini Dematagoda present MAD Lab research at CSBBCS in Guelph.

May 2023: Liyana Swirsky presents MAD Lab research at the Toronto Area Memory Group Meeting.

April 2023: Congratulations to MAD Lab students Aalim Makani, Kieryn Carlse, and Sarah Shahrour! Aalim received a Student Section Research Grant from the Canadian Psychological Association; Sarah received a Diversity Summer Award from the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging; and Kieryn received an NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award

March 2023: New MAD lab study in press at The Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. (“Editor’s Choice” article.)

February 2023: Julia Spaniol presents at the LOVE Conference in Niagara Falls.

December 2022: New MAD lab study in press at the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

November 2022: Aalim Makani and Julia Spaniol present MAD Lab research at Psychonomics in Boston.

September 2022: Congratulations to MAD Lab graduate students on their new scholarships: Mane Kara-Yakoubian (NSERC CGS-D), Aalim Makani (NSERC CGS-M), Brandy Murovec (OGS), Polina Andrievskaia (OGS), and Shadini Dematagoda (RGS)! 

September 2022: The MAD Lab welcomes new 4th year thesis student Rachel Holm and Fall/Winter research assistant Sarah Shahrour!

August 2022: MAD Lab graduate students Mane Kara-Yakoubian, Shadini Dematagoda, and Polina Andrievskaia successfully defend their MA theses. Congratulations all!

August 2022: MAD Lab graduate student Aalim Makani received a Jackman Foundation Psychology Graduate Student Research Excellence Grant. Congratulations Aalim!

July 2022: MAD Lab students Shadini Dematagoda, Sana Junaid, and Adrian Colbert present at the CSBBCS meeting in Halifax, NS!

May 2022: Congratulations to recent MAD Lab graduate Sana Junaid on being awarded her second NSERC USRA!

April 2022: MAD Lab graduate students Shadini Dematagoda and Mane Kara-Yakoubian present at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA!

January 2022: The MAD Lab welcomes its new research practicum student, Yusuf Ghauri!

November 2021: Mane Kara-Yakoubian received a Junior Researcher Networking Award from Women in Cognitive Science. Congratulations Mane!

October 2021: Erika Sparrow, who is graduating from the PhD program this fall, has accepted a permanent full-time position as a Research Impact Analyst at the University Health Network. Congratulations Erika!

September 2021: The MAD Lab launches the Canadian Adulthood and Retirement Study (https://www.caresstudy.ca)

September 2021: The MAD Lab welcomes new graduate student Aalim Makani and new 4th year thesis students Sana Junaid and Adrian Colbert!

August 2021: Erika Sparrow successfully defends her dissertation on ‘Social Decision Making in Younger and Older Adults’. Congratulations Erika!

August 2021: MAD Lab research on aging and altruism was discussed in the Wall Street Journal.

August 2021: Shadini Dematagoda received a Jackman Foundation Psychology Graduate Student Research Excellence Grant. Congratulations Shadini!

July 2021: Belated congratulations to 2020/21 MAD Lab honours students Rachel Appiah and Sabrina Valenzano on their graduation! Also, special congrats to Sabrina who received a Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence for her honours thesis.

July 2021: New collaborative article in press at Multisensory Research! Congratulations Brandy and co-authors!

June 2021: Julia’s new SSHRC Insight Grant (“Aging and prosociality: Understanding the role of cognitive, motivational, and resource-related factors”) has been announced. This project is a collaboration with Karl Szpunar (Ryerson), Michelle Silver (University of Toronto Scarborough), and Dave Flora (York University).

June 2021: MAD Lab members present 4 posters and 1 talk at CSBBCS 2021!

June 2021: New MAD Lab article in press at Psychology and Aging! Congratulations Liyana and co-authors!

May 2021: Congratulations to MAD Lab grad students on being awarded scholarships for 2021/2022: NSERC CGS-M (Mane), SSHRC CGS-M (Shadini), QEII-GSST (Brandy), and OGS (Polina)!

May 2021: Rachel Appiah receives a 2021 Diversity Summer Research Award from the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging. Congratulations Rachel!

May 2021: The MAD Lab welcomes our 2021 NSERC USRA student, Sana Junaid, and our Summer Work-Study Research Assistant, Adrian Colbert!

May 2021: Liyana Swirsky is accepted to the CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging 2021. Congratulations Liyana!

May 2021: New MAD Lab article in press at Neurobiology of Aging. Congratulations Margot and co-authors!

May 2021: Transitions: The MAD Lab congratulates our 2020 NSERC USRA student, Sadia Chowdhury, on her acceptance into the MSc Program in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto, and our 2020/21 volunteer, Ragini Singh, on her new position as a Clinical Research Intern in the Brain Imaging & Analysis Center at Duke University School of Medicine. Way to go, Sadia and Ragini!

April 2021: Honours thesis students Rachel Appiah and Sabrina Valenzano present their findings at the virtual thesis showcase. Congratulations Rachel and Sabrina!

April 2021: New MAD Lab article in press at Neuropsychology! Congratulations Erika and co-authors!

November 2020: MAD Lab members present posters at Virtual Psychonomics!

November 2020: New MAD Lab article in press at Scientific Reports! Congratulations Liyana!

September 2020: Welcome new MAD Lab members! New MA students: Polina Andrievskaia (co-supervised with Dr. Behrang Keshavarz, Toronto Rehab), Shadini Dematagoda and Mane Kara-Yakoubian; new undergraduate thesis students: Rachel Appiah and Sabrina Valenzano.

August 2020: Sadia Chowdhury completes her “remote” NSERC USRA and Yazan Shamli-Oghli moves on to U of T. Congratulations Sadia and Yazan!

August 2020: Congratulations to Brandy Murovec on her sucessful MA defense!

June 2020: Belated congratulations to  Shadini Dematagoda and Mane Kara-Yakoubian, who will be joining the MAD Lab as MA students in September, on winning Ryerson Graduate Scholarships for their first year in the graduate program!

June 2020: Current/former MAD Lab research assistants Bassam and Audrey are graduating with a BA in Psychology. Congratulations!

June 2020: New MAD Lab article in press at Medical Decision Making!

May 2020: Liyana Swirsky receives a 3-year NSERC CGS-D award. Congratulations Liyana!

May 2020: Sabrina Valenzano joins the MAD Lab as a Spring/Summer Research Assistant and Sadia Chowdhury joins as an NSERC USRA. Welcome, Sadia and Sabrina!

May 2020: Aalim, Liyana, and Margot present posters at Virtual CNS!

February 2020: New MAD Lab articles to appear in Psychology and Aging and Neurobiology of Aging!

January 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Holly Bowen, MAD Lab alumna (PhD 2013), who was named an APS Rising Star!