Research Festival

April 7, 8 and 11

The Research Office is once again pleased to invite you to the Research Festival. This annual event celebrates the achievements of our community of researchers at Glendon. 

ROUND TABLES

This year, the Research Office will host two roundtable discussions. One will focus on the effects of COVID 19 on our research activities and the other on the challenges and opportunities of doing research in French in a minority language setting.  

To explore these issues, Associate Principal, Research and Graduate Studies Colin Coates has invited a series of researchers from the University to share their experiences and strategies. 

Each round table will include a time for open discussion. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7  

10: 00 AM TO 11: 30 AM 

ROUND TABLE #1: 

RESEARCH IN THE TIME OF COVID 19  

Join a dynamic group of researchers from our research community. They will share their own experiences on how the pandemic has affected their research productivity and/or their work, family, community circumstances and/or health and well-being, as well as their ideas for moving forward. After hearing from our guests, we will open the floor to the participants to join the discussion. 

Opening Remarks:

Jennifer Hyndman

Associate Vice-President Research, Research and Innovation


Moderator: 

Francis Garon

Graduate Program Director in School of Public and International Affairs 


Panelists

Ellen Gutterman

Associate Professor/Chair

Department of Political Science, Glendon College


 Shirin Shahrokni

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology, Glendon College


 Buddhika Bellana

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, Glendon College

 

APRIL 7  

1 PM TO 2:30 PM  

ROUND TABLE #2: 

RESEARCH IN FRENCH: THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION IN A MINORITY LANGUAGE SETTING 

What can institutional collaborations contribute to research in the minority language setting? How have research landscapes evolved? 

This event will be held French. 

Modératrice

 Marie Elaine Lebel  

Professeure agrégée

Formation linguistique pour les études en français


Panélistes

Elaine Coburn

Professeure agrégée – Études internationales

Directrice – Centre recherche féministe (CFR)


Geneviève Quintin

Directrice adjointe – Centre de santé cognitive de Glendon

Co-coordonnatrice – CNFS


Gertrude Mianda  

Professeure titulaire – Études des femmes de genre et de sexualité

Directrice de L’Institut Harriet Tubman


Muriel Péguret

Professeure agrégée– Études françaises

Co-chercheure – Camerise

Centre de recherche sur les langues et les cultures en contact


Amelie Barras

Professeure adjointe -Département des sciences sociales

LA&PS – Université York

FRIDAY, APRIL 8  

9: 30 AM TO 12: 30 PM  

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CONTACT (CRLCC) 

For the Research Festival, the CRLCC will celebrate its members’ research and launch two recently published books:

9 : 30 am to 11 : 00 am

Negotiating Linguistic Plurality: Translation and Multilingualism in Canada and Beyond. ed. By María Constanza Guzmán and Sehnaz Tahir Gürçaglar. This edited volume emerged from various discussions and events held by CRLCC’s Research Group on Translation and Transcultural contact. It includes contributions from Sanjukta Banerjee, María Sierra Córdoba Serrano, Martin Cyr Hicks, Mark Fettes, Deborah Folaron, María Constanza Guzmán, Susan Ingram et Joshua M. Price.

María Constanza Guzmán is associate professor of Translation and Hispanic studies at Glendon College, York University and the author of Mapping Spaces of Translation in Twentieth-Century Latin American Print Culture

Sehnaz Tahir Gürçaglar is adjunct professor of translation studies and course director at Glendon College, York University.

11: 15 am to 12:30 pm

Translation, Semiotics, and Feminism: Selected Writings of Barbara Godard, ed. by Eva C. Karpinski and Elena Basile. This book brings together 16 of the most important essays by the influential Canadian scholar Barbara Godard, situating her thinking in relation to feminism and translation studies from the 1980s through the 2000s.

 

Eva C. Karpinski is Associate Professor at York University in Toronto. She is the author of Borrowed Tongues: Life Writing, Migration, and Translation (2012) and co-editor of Life Writing Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas (Routledge, 2020). She is Consulting Editor for a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

Elena Basile teaches at York University and the University of Toronto. She is the author of “A Scene of Intimate Entanglements or, reckoning with the ‘Fuck’ of Translation,” in Queering Translation, Translating the Queer (Routledge, 2017) and co-translator with Michela Baldo of Lorenzo Bernini’s Queer Theories: An Introduction (Routledge, 2020).

Pour les nouvelles professeures et nouveaux professeurs de Glendon 

Pour les membres du corps professoral embauchés entre 2019 et 2021 cet événement est conçu pour vous présenter les nombreuses ressources disponibles à Glendon et vous donner l’occasion de créer des liens avec vos nouveaux collègues, et de discuter de questions de recherche avec le Vice-principal à la recherche et aux études supérieures et son équipe. 

Grâce à cette session en petits groupes, nous souhaitons vous donner l’opportunité de développer vos plans de recherche actuels et futurs. 

Écrivez-nous à research@glendon.yorku.ca pour confirmer votre participation. 

APRIL 8 

12 PM TO 1:30 PM 

NEW FACULTY DAY 

APRIL  8   

2 PM TO 3 PM 

PRINCIPAL’S RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS 

The Principal’s Excellence Research Awards are given annually to recognize researchers at Glendon who have made an outstanding contribution to research in the last five years. The purpose of these awards is to provide recognition for and to promote research excellence across Glendon, the University and in the wider community. 

Click for more information and to submit a nomination  

APRIL 11 

Student Research Showcase 

The Student Research Showcase is an annual event that spotlights the research and creative activities of Glendon students from all disciplines. Traditionally, students participate in-person but, in the face of the pandemic, this year we have moved the Showcase online. The poster gallery will be displayed in the atrium in the Centre of Excellence.  The posters will also be showcased virtually on our website. This will enhance the visibility of scholarly work and continue the tradition of showcasing the achievements of our students.

Click here to register for the event

 

Student Research Showcase

9 : 30 AM to  11 : 00 AM


9 : 30 am to 9 : 40  am

Opening remarks:

Dr. Colin Coates. Associate Principal Research and Graduate Studies 


Moderator

Ana Kraljević

4th year – Canadian Studies


9:40 am to 9:50 am 

Anmol Kaur

Research Apprenticeship Program / G21

International Studies – 4th year 

Bill 21: A Legal Analysis

My research project focuses on a legal analysis of Quebec’s Bill 21. Through this project, I wanted to learn about how Bill 21 can be analyzed from a legal perspective. As such, I explore how the Bill has been examined by legal scholars and judges, and what its implications have been within Québécois and Canadian society. As an aspiring lawyer, I wanted this project to prepare me for law school, legal research, and legal writing. Accordingly, I aimed to research the perspectives of the Bill’s supporters and opponents alike.

Biography |Biographie

Anmol is a fourth-year student in International Studies. Having been a RAP student for the past three years, her research focused largely on examining national and international law, and how legislation can be used to address social problems. Aside from the RAP, she also conducted research for two Toronto-based nonprofit organizations, and for the Research at York (RAY) program. Some of her favourite courses as an ILST student have been ILST 3505 (Research in International Studies), and ILST 4275 (Global Environmental Challenges). After graduation, she will be pursuing my BCL/JD at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.


9 : 50 am to 10 : 00 am

Tom Daric

4e année – Sciences Politiques 

Programme d’apprentis-chercheurs / G21

Superviseure de recherche :  Dr. Emily Laxer

GL POLS 4100 Travail Individuel.

La construction du “problème musulman” en France

Aujourd’hui, en France, un simple examen des débats politiques et chaînes d’informations télévisées permet de comprendre que « l’Islam pose problème ». Les discours participant à l’amalgame entre présence musulmane et insécurité sont devenus constant, et sont parvenus à faire ancrer au sein du débat public qu’il n’est plus l’heure de débattre sur l’existence ou non d’un « problème musulman » en France, ce dernier étant aujourd’hui admis de manière quasi-consensuelle. Ainsi, les partis politiques français, de gauche comme de droite, se distinguent aujourd’hui par la solution qu’ils comptent apporter au « problème musulman », sans ne plus jamais contester, pour la plupart, son existence.

Biography |Biographie

Tom est un étudiant en 4ème année d’un B.A en Sciences Politiques, avec un intérêt pour la sociologie politique, et un domaine de recherche se concentrant sur l’Islamophobie en France.


10 : 00 am to 10: 10 am

Claire Koch

French studies- 4th year

Research Apprenticeship Program / G21

Supervisor: Marc Audette 

The Role of Public Art in Sustainable Cities and Communities

My research project focuses on the United Nations’ sustainability goal number 11, “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. This project examines how sustainably created and minded art, especially public art, can benefit communities on multiple levels of sustainability. These levels are environmental, social and cultural. Sustainability is a complex goal which does not involve purely environmental concerns, but also must consider the ability for present and future communities to thrive and grow at the same time. Complex problems require creative solutions, and the strong potential for impact that public art possesses should not be forgotten as part of this solution.

Biography |Biographie

Claire Koch is a 4th year of the French studies program, set to start her Bachelor of Education in the fall. This is also her 4th year in the research apprenticeship program. In the past she has done research projects within my area of study, however this year she wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. In her free time she loves spending time exploring rural and urban landscapes, as well as creating and admiring art, all of which she wanted to incorporate into this research project for RAP year 4. 


10 : 10 am to 10: 20 am

Sara Youssef

French Studies – 4th year

Programme d’apprentis-chercheurs / G21

Superviseure de recherche: Madame Marie-Hélène Larochelle

Comment définir l’idéal de beauté?

Mon projet de recherche examine les trois idées principales suivants : comment définit la beauté, quels sont les critères et qui définit cette beauté. Le déroulement du projet tente de formuler une sorte de synthèse à la fin qui donne de l’espoir au lecteur ou au spectateur de la radicalisation de la représentation de l’idéal de beauté.

Biography |Biographie

Sara is in her final year at the concurrent education program. She did her undergraduate degree in French Studies as a major. Therefore, her research interests are on the literature stream for French Studies. Her favorite academic courses are about feminism and women in the Francophone culture. She is a student in the RAP program currently doing research on the theme of beauty in literature.


10 : 20 am to 10: 30 am

Lavaniya Thanagnjayan

Communications program- 1styear

 Research Apprenticeship Program / G21

Supervisor: Philippe Theophanidis

Colorism in Tamil Media

This project is about colorism in Tamil media, specifically when it comes to women. As a result of the British colonisation of India, they have an unfair bias towards fair skin. This resulted in almost all of the actresses in Tamil cinema to be fair skinned. They even cast white women like Amy Jackson to play the role of Tamil women. This has a severe impact on the lives and confidence of Indian women. The project takes a look at what the media is currently like, the history behind colorism, and how it affects people today.

Biography |Biographie

Lavaniya is a first year in the communications program and she is also the first year representative of the GCSU. She has been a part of the Research Apprenticeship program this year with Professor Philippe Theophanidis.  She like researching social topics that I feel passionately about, such as colorism, and how media (including social media) favour some people over others. Her favourite course is Introduction to communications with Professor Evan Light.


10 : 30 am to 11: 00 am

Q&A session 


 

April 11 

Student Research Showcase- Volet Langue

13:00 PM to  14 : 30 PM


13: 00 pm to 13: 10 pm

Opening remarks:

Dr. Colin Coates. Associate Principal Research and Graduate Studies 


Moderator 

Anmol Kaur 

4th year. International Studies. 


13: 10 pm to 13: 20 pm

Fiona Patterson

Doctorat en Études francophones – 2e année

GS/FREN 6101

Superviseur de projet: Janusz Przychodzen & Dr. Jerzy Kowal

Le français québécois dans l’espace public du réseau Facebook – proposition d’une étude de la variation sociolinguistique

La communication numérique écrite, d’après Michel Marcoccia (2016), est un emploi de la langue qui témoigne d’une conversationnalisation de l’écrit, ou encore d’une hybridité d’éléments écrits et oraux. De plus, étant donné que souvent ces échanges sont de nature informelle, les espaces virtuels des communications médiées par la technologie sont des terrains propices pour étudier la variation langagière (Tremblay, 2020). Maints chercheurs se sont penchés sur cette question, étudiant l’emploi d’une variété de langues dans les SMS, le chat, l’internet, et les réseaux sociaux, dans des contextes privés aussi bien que publics (citons, entre autres, Tagliamonte et Denis, 2008 ; Cougnon, 2010 ; Androutsopoulos et Tereick, 2016 ; Biber, Egbert et Zhang, 2017). Pour le français québécois (FQ), seule  la variation sociolinguistique lors des échanges par SMS – conversations qui sont alors privées – a été étudiée (Blondeau et al., 2014, ainsi que Tremblay et al., 2020). L’objet de cette présentation est de proposer que ce questionnement sur la variation du FQ soit élargi et transporté dans le terrain de l’espace public du réseau Facebook. Je tenterai de justifier mes choix, et d’expliquer ma méthodologie envisagée.

Biography |Biographie

Fiona Patterson est une fière diplômée de Glendon (BA ’07 et MA ’10), présentement en 2e année du doctorat en Études francophones. Depuis 2013 elle est enseignante à l’élémentaire et au secondaire dans des écoles publiques anglophones et francophones. Depuis le début du doctorat en 2020, elle travaille au Centre de rédaction de Glendon, et elle est assistante de recherche pour un projet en linguistique appliquée. Elle s’intéresse à la relation entre le langage et la technologie, à l’intelligence artificielle, mais également à l’évolution et l’histoire de la langue française.


13: 20 pm to 13: 30 pm

Alicia Bakshi

French Studies and English Studies with Concurrent Education – 3rd year

Research Apprenticeship Program / G21

Investigating Accentism in English Within the Glendon Community

Accentism is a form of linguistic bias and discrimination that impacts both English native speakers (L1) and English second language (L2) learners across the globe. This research investigates the existence of accent bias by using theory-based knowledge and observations of those who may have faced accent discrimination. This research investigates the realities of this type of bias and discrimination through other scholarly works and studies that may be applied to Glendon. A portion of this study aligns with the UN’s SDG goals and makes proposals entailing recommendations to address the current situation.

Biography |Biographie

Alicia is in her third year of double-majoring in French Studies and English Studies with Concurrent Education. She began her research on accent discrimination after learning about it in the Glendon course EN 3606. This led to her researching the implications of accentism within language learning and teaching as well as within our community. As a language learner (like many others), she noticed the bias that most are unfortunately subjected to. This encouraged her to learn more about this topic while connecting it to both her majors. 


13: 30 pm to 13: 40 pm

Isabel Simpliciano

French Studies and minoring in Psychology – 4th year

Research Apprenticeship Program / G21

Effects of a Visual Aid on the Learning of the Gender of French Nouns

This study focuses on the effects of a visual aid on the learning of the gender of French nouns. In the present study, the type of teaching aid is the independent variable, and the number of correctly gendered French nouns is the dependent variable. One of two teaching aids, either a vocabulary list or a visual aid, will be presented to 100 primary French immersion elementary school students. After studying the given teaching aid, participants will be tested on how well they can differentiate between the gender of the French nouns that were presented to them. This study hypothesizes that the participants using the visual aid will correctly gender more French nouns, than the participants using the vocabulary list.

Biography |Biographie

Isabel Simpliciano is a fourth-year student majoring in French Studies and minoring in Psychology. She is an aspiring French immersion elementary school teacher, and she is currently working as a French emergency supply for the YCDSB. Given her career aspirations, she has dedicated the past two years of her RAP experience to FSL research, and she focused on creating a visual teaching aid to help French immersion students better learn the gender of French nouns.


13: 40 pm to 13: 50 pm

Rosamaria Conenna

Research Apprenticeship Program / G21

Superviseure de recherche: Dr. Christine Besnard

Integrating students with Down Syndrome and/or Dyslexia in the L2 Classroom

This project is intended to provide practical information and strategies to both current and future language teachers on how to better integrate students with Down Syndrome and/or Dyslexia into their classrooms. Much of the information available is useful, but very academic and therefore difficult to understand. The aim of this project, inspired by the United Nations’ goal to promote accessible education and information regarding education, is to create an accessible resource that can be used and understood by anyone, regardless of their academic background.

Biography |Biographie

Rosamaria is a 4th year student in French and Hispanic Studies. Her research interests include effects of learning difficulties on second language learning as well as simply researching any curiosity she may have. This is her 4th year in the Research Apprenticeship Program working with Professor Christine Besnard on her Psycholinguistics research. Her favourite academic courses involve language learning, linguistics, psycholinguistics and Social Science courses.


13: 50 pm to 14:00 pm

Katherine Mazzota

History and French Studies – 4th year

G21 | Programme d’apprentis-chercheurs / G21

L’état de la France sur l’Indochine : La jeunesse vietnamienne en lutte contre l’oppression des colonisateurs

This project traces the experience of children in Indochina under French occupation. The impact of this colonialism was felt in terms of family life, religiosity, mental well-being, race, and language. These consequences did not disappear upon France’s exit from the region. Rather, the effects were long-lasting and tremendously damaging. This is understood through the examination of a combination of primary and secondary sources.

Biography |Biographie

Katherine is a fourth year student pursing a double major in History and French Studies. This research project has been a combination of all those interests as it deals with the role of French colonialism and the impact on children which is another area of study that she is passionate about.


13: 50 pm to 14:00 pm

Q&A session 

The Research Poster Gallery will be on exhibit in the Centre of Excellence from April 11 to April 15th.

You are also able to visit the virtual exhibit below. 


Ghalia El Hayawan

Dannielle Lebrun

B.A. Psychology. 3rd year.

Intermediate Experimental Psychology, GL-PSYC 3525,

Professeure Josée S Rivest & Assistant Professor Stephan Bonfield

Biography 

My name is Ghalia El Hayawan. I am a second year psychology student at Glendon and a peer support assistant at the Glendon Career and Skills Development Center. My favorite academic courses so far have been my experimental psychology courses ( Introduction to Experimental Psychology and Intermediate Experimental Psychology), which have solidified my research interest in research in psychology, particularly in memory and perception

Auditory Distraction and Bilinguals: How Linguistically Congruent and Incongruent Intelligible Speech Affect Memory and Word Processing

Our current research project focuses on the effect of auditory distraction on memory in word recognition tasks. Specifically, we are interested in knowing if having the words in the task and the distracting speech in a similar or in different languages, if that change, has an effect on the scores of our participants in the recognition task. The participants are fully bilingual in French and English. By doing this research we would like to expand the research on auditory distraction (as this particular experimental design fills a literature gap in the field), and provide evidence on the benefits of bilingualism. 


Audrey Li-Chay-Chung

Specialized Honours B.A. in Psychology. Neuropsychology Stream. 4th year.

GL/PSYC 4000 A: Honours Thesis

Course instructor: Andrée-Ann Cyr

Autobiographical Memory & Future Thinking in Older Adults At Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

This study investigates whether deficits in past episodic recall and future event simulation are evident in older adults at risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with the use of the Autobiographical Interview (AI). A cut-off score of 26 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment was used to classify participants as being at risk of MCI (N=16) or as healthy controls (N=15). Across six monthly sessions, participants described four specific personal events (past weeks; past years; future weeks; future years). The results will bridge the gap in our knowledge of the trajectory of cognitive decline from healthy aging to dementia.

Biography |Biographie

I’m in my 4th year of the Specialized Honours B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuropsychology. My research interests are primarily in aging, memory, and their interactions with psychosocial factors such as personality and culture. I’m currently doing my Honours thesis at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences under the co-supervision of Dr. Donna Rose Addis & Dr. Guy Proulx. I am also the lab manager of Dr. Richard Lalonde’s Cultural Collective Lab and a practicum student in Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell’s OUCH Lab at the Keele campus


Rebecca, Sarchese

Linguistique – 3e année

Programme d’apprentis-chercheurs / G21

Les accommodements des s/Sourds et malentendants dans les cours de langue orale

En réfléchissant à leur expérience en tant que professeure et étudiante, la professeure Catherine Lamaison et Rebecca Sarchese ont collaboré à la conception de conseils qui visent à mieux répondre aux besoins des étudiants s/Sourds et malentendants. Ce guide, qui fournit aux professeurs des idées pour enseigner une seconde langue (orale) dans le contexte de la s/Surdité, emploie également des recherches secondaires pour davantage étayer les recommandations de la Dre. Lamaison et Rebecca.

Biography |Biographie
Rebecca is a Deaf third-year student of Glendon’s Linguistics and Language Studies program who is passionate about language learning and accessibility. So far, her favourite course at Glendon has been Phonetics. She has worked in the RAP with Dr. Catherine Lamaison since September 2020 on various related topics, such as accommodations for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in oral language classes as well as the use of identity- versus person-first language within York University’s Disability community (e.g., “disabled person” and “person with disabilities”, respectively).


Angelica, Drexler

Biology . 3rd year.

Research Apprenticeship Program / G21

Dr. Andrée-Ann Cyr

Moderating factors in the “Bilingual Advantage”

Many studies that examine the bilingual advantage suggest that bilingual individuals perform better in
tasks that involve executive function abilities. However, recently more studies suggest that this
advantage stems from uncontrolled factors, rather than from bilingualism. The goal of my study is to examine the moderating factors such as SES, culture, language experience, and experience doing activities that could improve cognitive function abilities (e.g. playing video games), that create differences in the performance results between
bilinguals and monolinguals.

Biography |Biographie

I am a third year Biology student at Glendon campus, York University. My research interests include animal behaviour, endocrinology, and as an avid language learner, whether learning languages has any effects on the brain.


William Fisher

B.A. Psychology

 GL/PSYC4100, Independent Research Project – Dr. Buddhika Bellana

Analyzing Spontaneous Thought

In this project I seek to quantify and characterize the trajectories of human spontaneous thought. I aim to do this by analyzing previously collected free association data using natural language processing tools (word embeddings), which represent these words (free association data) in semantic space. Using these word embeddings, I will compare cosine similarity of word pairs to determine when a significant semantic shift occurs and then compare these semantic shifts to word input times and subjectively identified boundaries.

Biography |Biographie

I am in my final year of studies as I complete a Psychology BSc with honours. I am very interested in cognitive neuroscience, particularly in research regarding episodic and autobiographical memory systems. My favourite courses I have taken throughout my degree include: Sensation and Perception I & II, Human Neuropsychology, Neuroscience of Aging and Cognitive Health, and Seminar in Memory and Cognition. Finally, I am currently completing an Independent Research Project with Dr. Buddhika Bellana with a focus on researching how recent experiences affect how we move through spontaneous thought.


Anson Cutler

B.A. Psychology- 4th year

GL/PSYC 4000 Honours Thesis 

Course Director Dr. Andrée-Ann Cyr

Biography |Biographie

I am in my final year of study in the Psychology program at Glendon, with particular interest in cognitive developmental and perceptual psychology research.

Examining the Role of Memory Colour in Visual Attention

In this perceptual psychology lab experiment, I attempt to provide evidence for a sparsely-researched phenomenon known as the memory colour effect using a novel approach that addresses gaps in prior research. The novel approach is to examine how the memory colour effect interacts with the automatic cognitive process of visual attention. Participants completed a series of “spot the difference” visual attention tasks, with some tasks invoking the memory colour effect and other tasks as controls. I compare speed and accuracy on memory colour vs. control trials to assess the impact of memory colour on visual attention.

 


Amanda Chiu

B.A. B.A. Psychology

 Honours Thesis (GL/PSYC 4000)

Research Supervisor: Dr. Andrée-Ann Cyr

Effects of Motivation to Explore on Memory in Young Adults

Epistemic curiosity is defined as the desire to acquire new knowledge in order to stimulate gratifying feelings of situational interest or relieve negative feelings of deprived knowledge. Exploring and ascertaining new information can be rewarding as it resolves unpleasant feelings of uncertainty and ignorance. Individual differences in how people experience and express epistemic curiosity are believed to play a critical role in promoting learning in academic settings. The goal of this study is to examine how motivation to explore due to curiosity affects memory in young adults, which could inform educators about how to create a more effective learning environment.

Biography |Biographie

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at Glendon and am specializing in Psychology. I am particularly interested in the research field of memory and how it is a fundamental component of our everyday mental experiences. Furthermore, I enjoy exploring how psychology greatly intertwines with other fields such as law, where both are united under the common interest of human behaviour. Currently, I am working on my honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Andreé-Ann Cyr about how the motivation to explore as a function of curiosity affects memory in young adults.


Estreya Cohen

B.A. in psychology, neuropsychology stream – 4th year

GL/PSYC 4000, Dr. Andrée-Ann Cyr

Change Detection for Shadows and Colours in Artists and Non-Artists

This study aims to examine differences between artists and non-artists on detection of shadow change and colour change. Shadow changes are less noticeable than other changes (e.g.colour) in natural and artificial scenes (e.g. Ehinger, Allen, & Wolfe, 2016). Perdreau and Cavanagh (2013) found that a higher level of artistic skill led to better performance on visual tasks, such as integration of object information. Since artists typically perform better on visual tasks, it is possible that they will perform better overall compared to non-artists. Additionally, artists may be particularly attentive to shadows because they often reproduce them in their art.


Emillie Thuy-Linh, Vu 

B.A. Psychology- 4th year

Co authors: Kalin Ying Mo, Joshua T. Rubenstein, Christiane Marie Camillo, and Maggie E. Toplak.

Course Instructor: Andrée Ann Cyr; Supervisor: Maggie Toplak

Actively Open-Minded Thinking: A Predictor of Rational Thinking in Adolescents

The study of rational thinking involves the assessment of how well individuals track truth and seek goals. Extensive research on rational thinking in adults has found that the thinking disposition “actively open-mind thinking” (AOT) is a significant predictor of rational thinking, even after statistically controlling cognitive ability. AOT is a thinking disposition that assesses one’s tendency to consider alternative perspectives, including perspectives that may not be consistent with one’s prior beliefs. Focusing on 183 students in Grades 9 to 12, this study aims to identify whether similar data patterns are found in adolescents on parallel measures of rational thinking.

Biography |Biographie

I am a 4th year student at Glendon, completing my BA in Psychology. I am currently doing my Honours Thesis with Dr. Maggie Toplak. My research interests are developmental and educational psychology, with particular regard to cognitive abilities. My favourite academic courses were those related to my research interests, as well as behavioural psychology and psychometrics!

 


Riya Trikha

B.A. Psychology.  4th year.

GL/PSYC 4000: Honours Thesis

 Dr. Andrée-Ann Cyr

Curiosity Made the Cat Want to Learn: Agency of Choice and Its Effect on Memory Throughout the Lifespan

The freedom to engage in activities of our choice allows us to feel in control of our lives. Autonomy plays a role in learning; literature has shown that providing the opportunity to choose what is being learned enhances curiosity, which consequently aids the learning and retention process of the learned information (i.e., episodic memory). However, these effects have only been studied in younger populations. This begs the question of whether episodic memory enhancements can occur through the effects of agency and curiosity in older populations. 

Biography

I’m in my final year of my psychology undergraduate. I’m currently completing my honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Andrée-Ann Cyr. I’m completing my research practicum in Dr. Donna Rose Addis’ Memory Lab. I’m also a research assistant in Dr. Yvonne Bohr’s Infant and Child Mental Health Lab and Dr. Buddhika Bellana’s Memory and Meaning Lab. Given my research experience, my personal interests lie in development and neuropsychology, which I hope to pursue in graduate school!

SHARE YOUR RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENTS WITH US

Glendon’s Research and Innovation office invites all faculty who would like to share their research accomplishments for the 2021 calendar year to fill the form available at this link.  

https://forms.office.com/r/bgJSBrLk2n 

If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to research@glendon.yorku.ca

Dr. Patrick Cavanagh 

Research Fellow | Adjunct Professor 

Department of Psychology


 

Dr. Mario Roy

Associate Professor 

Department of Mathematics 


Dr. Gerald Young 

Associate Professor 

Department of Psychology