giuseppe iaria (DIRECTOR)

Giuseppe Iaria Dr. Iaria is Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. 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 in different academic/research locations such as the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy), the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and Le College de France (Paris, France). (Phone: +1 403 220 8482)

irene liu (graduate student)

Irene Liu I am a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Calgary. My research interest focuses on investigating the development of orientation skills in children. I am particularly interested in the developmental cognitive aspects that contribute to our ability to form and make use of cognitive maps. From a clinical perspective, I am interested in investigating the effects of major depression in adolescents on their ability to orient in spatial surroundings. I am supported by a Graduate Scholarship received from Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

aiden arnold (graduate student)

Aiden Arnold My research at NeuroLab aims to explore the neurological basis of individual variability in orientation skills. Coupling neuroimaging techniques with behavioural experiments that target orientation strategies, I hope to develop an enriched understanding of the interaction between neural processing and spatial cognition. I am supported by a Graduate Scholarship received from the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)

ford burles (graduate student)

Clayton Ford Burles My main project at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the behavioural and structural neural changes following intensive training of topographical orientation skills. In addition, I am responsible for the developing of, which is the first online platform providing a comprehensive assessment of human orientation skills. The data collected through our website provide us with a very large database that allows to gain insight into the processes used by individuals as they navigate and orient in their surroundings. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)

veronica guadagni (graduate student)

Veronica Guadagni My research interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the effects of sleep, sleep-deprivation and sleep disturbances on cognitive functioning. More specifically, I am interested on how human sleep (and lack of) affects memory consolidation as related to the human ability to orient, as well as empathy and the way how individuals process emotional stimuli. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

edward (TED) SLONE (graduate student)

Ted Slone I'm interested in how we find our way around designed environments, particularly in buildings. People find some buildings more difficult to navigate than others. I want to understand how the configuration of the environment facilitates or hinders wayfinding, and what cognitive strategies, and thus neural mechanisms, are preferentially employed when people navigate through different environments. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

kara murias (graduate student)

Kara Murias I joined Neurolab as a PhD student in the Clinical Investigator Program after completing three years of a paediatric neurology residency. I am interested in investigating how neurological disease affects the development of cognitive abilities in children. My project will investigate the effects of perinatal stroke on the emergence of orientation skills. I am supported by a Graduate Scholarship received from Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

Zaw Aung (research associate)

Adrian Gil Castillejo Zaw joined NeuroLab in September 2013. His strong background in Computational Informatics and Software Development combined with his passion for health-related science is an asset to the research projects carried in the laboratory. Zaw has implemented software interfaces to communicate with MRI-related hardware, and has developed codes to analyze large genetic data-set aiming at identify the genotype of indidivuals with Developmental Topographical Disorientation. Zaw's main current research interest at NeuroLab focuses on the development of an online platform, including 3D virtual environments, for the assessment and training of orientation skills in healthy children and adults, as well as clinical populations. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

Melissa yue (honours student)

Laura Gerow Melissa has joined NeuroLab as a student enrolled in the Psychology Honours Program. Her research experience at NeuroLab will focus on investigating the ability to orient by menas of cognitive maps in children with perinatal stroke. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


Harold Song (honours student)

Kathy KwokHarold has joined NeuroLab as a student enrolled in the Psychology Honours Program. His research experience at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the genotype of healthy volunteers as related to their spatial orientation skills. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

sana tariq (research associate)

Kathy KwokSana has joined NeuroLab in March 2014. Her research experience at NeuroLab focuses on investigating, through a videogame-like environment, the human ability to orient by means of cognitive maps. The project includes testing of young adults as well as children ranging from 7 to 10 years of age. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)




Taneesha Chawla (summer student 2014)
Zaw Wang (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 (Mitacs international summer student 2013)
Katharina Müller (research associate 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 (research associate 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)