Hello! My name is Buddhika.
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Glendon.
My interests are centered around human memory.
I will be teaching the second half of Human Neuropsychology (GL-PSYC-4530) in January 2022.
To learn more about my research, please click the tabs below or visit my website.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging
Naturalistic experimental design
Postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, USA
PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto, CAN
BA in Psychology from York University, Glendon Campus, CAN
I'm interested in the idea that our memory system may be better suited to parse certain kinds of information as opposed to others.
Why is it that, in some cases, we have to exert ourselves to commit
information to memory (e.g., while studying a textbook chapter), while in others,
lasting memories materialize almost effortlessly (e.g., while reading a novel)?
Using a variety of tools (e.g., naturalistic and traditional experimental design; natural language processing and machine learning; and human neuroimaging), my research aims to learn about the architecture of our memory system by determining the factors that predict whether or not a given experience will result in a lasting impression/memory.
For an up-to-date list of publications, please visit my Google Scholar profile.
Bellana, B., Mahabal, A., Honey, C. J. (2021). Narrative thinking lingers in spontaneous thought. PsyArXiv (preprint).
Bellana, B., Mansour, R., Ladyka-Wojic, N., Grady, C.L. & Moscovitch, M. (2021). The influence of prior knowledge on the formation of detailed and durable memories. Journal of Memory and Language. 121, 104264. [link]
Bellana, B., & Chen, J. (2020). What can narratives tell us about the neural
bases of human memory? Current Opinion in Behavioral
Ramanan, S. & Bellana,
B. (2019, commentary). A domain general role for the angular gyrus in retrieving internal representations of the external world. The Journal of
Neuroscience, 39(16), 2978-2980. [link]
Brunec, I.K.*, Bellana, B.*,
Ozubko, J.D., Man, V., Robin, J., Liu, Z-X., Grady, C.L., Rosenbaum, R.S., Winocur, G., Barense, M.D. &
Moscovitch, M. (2018). Multiple
scales of representation along the hippocampal anteroposterior axis in humans. Current
Biology, 28(13), 2129-2135.e6 *Equal
B.*, Liu, Z-X.*, Diamond, N.,
Grady, C.L. & Moscovitch, M. (2017). Similarities and differences
in the default mode network across rest, retrieval
and future imagining. Human Brain Mapping, 38(3): 1155-1171. *Equal contributions [link]