giuseppe iaria (DIRECTOR)

Giuseppe Iaria Dr. Iaria is Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health. Dr. Iaria graduated in 1997 with a bachelors degree in Experimental Psychology, completed further training in Neuropsychology in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2003. He has conducted behavioural and neuroimaging studies in both healthy individuals and brain-damaged patients and was trained in different academic/research locations such as the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy), Le College de France (Paris, France), the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). (Phone: +1 403 220 8482)

ford burles (Research associate - postdoc)

Ford's main project at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the contribution of the retrosplenial cortex on the human ability to orient, and its relationship to the lifelong condition of getting lost in familiar surroundings (i.e. Developmental Topographical Disorientation). In addition, Ford is performing behavioural and neuroimaging studies at NASA through our Canadian Space Agency funded project investigating the effects of microgravity on Astronauts' spatial orientation skills. He is also responsible for the development of, the very first online platform providing a comprehensive assessment of human orientation skills. The data collected through this website provides us with a large database that allows us to gain insights into the processes used by individuals as they navigate and orient (or get lost) in their surroundings. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)

Liam mcfarlane (graduate student - master)

Liam's research interest focuses on investigating concussion in professional athletes. As both a researcher and former professional speed skater, Liam is particularly interested in investigating the development of a cognitive training program that will contribute to a faster and more effective recovery from sport-related concussion. At NeuroLab, he is investigating the effects of concussion on a specific test appositely developed to investigate the ability to form cognitive maps, a complex cognitive skill that relies on extended neural networks. Liam is testing the hypothesis that performance at this test may help to predict post-concussion symptoms. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

alberto umilta (graduate student - phd)

Alberto has joined NeuroLab from The University of Bologna (Italy). His research interest focuses on developing and assessing effectiveness of online cognitive training. At NeuroLab, Alberto is focusing on investigating the behavioural and neurological effects of a training program designed to improve individuals' spatial orientation skills. The effects of this training will be assessed neurologically, through the use of both structural and functional neuroimaging, and behaviourally, through the use of spatial orientation tasks in ecological surroundings. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

michael McLaren (graduate student, master)

Michael's project at NeuroLab focuses on combining the state-of-the-art video game technology with behavioural and neuroimaging approaches to create an effective cognitive training program for people whose orientation skills have declined or never developed. Specifically, he is focusing on creating an interactive virtual environment in which individuals will practice to create cognitive maps and use them for orientation and navigation. He is also interested in evaluating the effects of such training, behaviourally and neurologically. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)


jaimy hannah (graduate student, master)

Jaimy's interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the linguistics in individuals affected by Developental Topographical Disorientation (DTD). She is using a series of cognitive tests evaluating how the ability to communicate and understand verbal information is affected by the lifelong experience of getting lost in familiar surroundings. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


kendra potocki (volunteer)

Kendra’s main focus at NeuroLab is to investigate the genetics basis of lifelong topographical disorientation, as seen in Developmental Topographical Disorientation (DTD). Kendra holds a BSc with a major in cellular, molecular, and microbial biology, and a minor in psychology. She is specifically interested in investigating the heritability of DTD. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

chelsie hart (volunteer)

Chelsie's interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the effects of using virtual environment and virtual reality in performing spatial orientation tasks. She is focusing on quantifying the positive effects of both techniques in order to better define cognitive training targeting different groups of individuals who experience topographical disorientation. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

jacquie kohl (research associate)

Jacquie's interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the neurological mechanisms underlying Developental Topographical Disorientation (DTD). She is using a series of neuroimaging techniques to look at functional and structural properties of the brain of individuals affected by DTD and how they relate to the inability of these individuals to orient in familiar surroundings. Jacquie's independent research course (Psych 504) at NeuroLab is equivalent to the experience of a honours student. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


Kristina jelinkova (honours student - health sciences)

Kristina has joined NeuroLab to investigate the structural properties of the brain of individuals affected by Developmental Topographical Disorientation (DTD). Specifically, she is using tractography to investigate structural connectivity between brain regions that are know to be critical for human spatial orientation and navigation (i.e. the hippocampus, the retrosplenial cortex, the parahippocampal gyrus, etc). (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

Inderpreet dhillon (volunteer - computer science)

Inderpreet's experience and knowledge in coding and development of virtual environments have been foundational to the development of a training program targeting spatial orientation skills. Inderpreet's specific focus at NeuroLab is to contribute to the creation of a dedicated online platform ( that will allow people around the world to benefit from our spatial orientation training program. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

giorgia tosi (international visiting student)

Giorgia is visiting NeuroLab from the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) where she is currenlty enrolled as PhD student in the Psychology Graduate Program. She is interested on the cognitive effects of body representation, and how body illusions could alter the perception of the world around us. At NeuroLab she is investigating the effects of a full body illusion on the ability to estimate distances and navigate virtual environments. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

jassleen parmar (volunteer - psychology)

Jassleen's interest focuses on ethnicity and cognition. At NeuroLab, she is interested in investigating how ethnicity affects the ability to use a variety of spatial cognitive strategies for orientation. Her main research goal is to identify ethnicity-related biases in spatial oriention and provide individuals with support in adopting strategies that are effective in given environmental layouts. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

Ahmad Alawami (honours student - psychology)

Ahmad's research experience at NeuroLab focuses on investigating how different orientation skills are related to each other in order to support successful orientation and navigation in daily life. He is also interested in exploring the relationship between personality traits and the ability to orient. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


Jaimy Hannah (honours student, 2017-18)
Laura Miola (international visiting student 2017-18)
Serena Shimert (summer student 2017)
Veronica Guadagni (PhD student 2012-17)
Irene Liu (MSc and PhD student 2010-17)
Aiden Arnold (MSc and PhD student 2010-17)
Edward (Ted) Slone (PhD student 2011-16)
Kara Murias (PhD student 2012-15)
Elizabeth Cook (honours student 2015-16)
Antony Wang (honours student 2015-16)
Silvana Valera (honours student 2015-16)
Kara Murias (phd student 2012-15)
Silvana Valera (summer student 2015)
Sana Tariq (research associate 2014-15)
Melissa Yue (honours student 2014-15)
Harold Song (honours student 2014-15)
Taneesha Chawla (summer student 2014)
Zaw Aung (summer student 2014)
Gurjot Sekhon (summer student 2014)
Laura Gerow (honours student 2013-14)
Kathy Kwok (honours student 2013-14)
Felecia Hoey (honours student 2012-13)
Naveet Sohi (honours student 2012-13)
Adrian Gil Castillejo (summer student 2013)
Katharina Müller (international student 2012-13)
Lauren Froese (summer student 2012)
Taya Krivoruchko (honours student 2011-12)
Andrea Moir (honours student 2011-12)
Rachel Sharkey (honours student 2011-12)
Rachel Sharkey (summer student 2011)
Sabine Seyffarth (international student 2011)
Jacqueline Boon (summer students 2011)
Colin Rey (research associate 2010-11)
Mada Wentzel (honours students 2010-11)
Amber Nowakowski (honours students 2010-11)