Broadly, I’m interested in studying autobiographical memory and aging. One major project I’ve been working on is the development and validation of HippoCamera, a smartphone app that leverages principles from cognitive neuroscience to improve memory for events from our day-to-day lives. You can read more about our work over at The Globe and Mail, CTV, and The Economist.
I am also keenly interested in investigating how our memories are organized—specifically, I am curious about the role of context on memory for naturalistic events, such as spatial routes, movies, and autobiographical events. You can read about my latest project looking at the effect of time and event boundaries on the episodic richness and temporal organization of recall for the movie Forrest Gump here (this work was presented at the Context and Episodic Memory Symposium in 2020)!
Yeung, L. K., Olsen, R. K., Hong, B., Mihajlovic, V., D'Angelo, M. C., Kacollja, A., Ryan, J. D. & Barense, M. D. (2019). Object-in-place memory predicted by anterolateral entorhinal cortex and parahippocampal cortex volume in older adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(5), 711-729.
Newsome, R. N., Trelle, A. N., Fidalgo, C., Hong, B., Smith, V. M., Jacob, A., Ryan, J.D., Rosenbaum, R.S., Cowell, R.A., and Barense, M. D. (2018). Dissociable contributions of thalamic nuclei to recognition memory: novel evidence from a case of medial dorsal thalamic damage. Learning & Memory, 25(1), 31-44.
I love having the opportunity to share my knowledge with others and equip students with new skills. I have developed materials for and taught PSY201 (Statistics I), an introductory statistics course at the University of Toronto. I have over four years of experience as a teaching assistant across eight different undergraduate courses, ranging from introductory psychology courses aimed at first-year students to research seminar courses aimed at upper-year specialist students.
I also am a certified instructor for The Carpentries, an international non-profit organization dedicated to teaching foundational computational and data literacy skills. With the Carpentries, I’ve led workshops teaching Bash, Python, and R.
I am on the organizing committee for Science Rendezvous, an annual all-day family-friendly street festival for the Toronto community that promotes science awareness and interest.
I’ve also served many executive roles on the Psychology Graduate Student Association, helping to improve the graduate student experience in the Psychology department. During my time as President of the PGSA, I helped to organize the first Non-Academic Career Panel, where former Psychology graduate students shared their experiences transitioning to careers outside academia.
Here are some of the other projects and fun things’ve worked on:
This website was made with Gatsby, styled with Tailwind CSS and deployed with Netlify. The design is loosely inspired by The Grid, a now-discontinued weekly Toronto newspaper. You can check out the source code for the site here!
I was on the organizing committee for PsychHacks, a 24 hour hackathon event that helped both graduate and undergraduate students develop and practice their programming skills in a psychology research setting.