I received my Psychologie Diplom (equivalent to an M.A.) from the University of Hamburg and my PhD from the University of Tübingen. After a postdoc at U of T, York University, and Western University, I started my position at UTSC in 2003. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to and playing music, traveling, and trying new foods.
My research interests include incorporating behavioural and neuroimaging techniques in studying the devlopmental trajectories of sensory and motor functions, and their linkages with social cognition. As a side project, I'm co-developing apps in training emotion recognition for young children with autism spectrum disorder. When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy skiing in the colder months.
I'm interested in how the brain builds a rich conscious visual experience in spite of the stark physiological limitations of the eye and nervous system. To investigate this phenomenon, my experiments probe the way that visual attention, oculomotor control and working memory interact to select, acquire and retain information about the world. Outside of my research, I like to take pictures and dream about how to make the world a better, fairer place.
My current research uses EEG to investigate various aspects of sensorimotor processes underlying object grasping, such as its computational mechanisms and the timecourse of sensorimotor integration. In my spare time, I enjoy weight training and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in how people use visual information to interact with their environment through attention. My current research applies psychophysical methods and electroencephalography (EEG) to study feature-based attention. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, painting, and winding down with a good book.
I have always been interested in how the nervous system processes sensory information and which neural mechanisms allow us to perceive and manipulate information in the world around us. Currently, I am quenching this curiosity by studying working memory. Outside the lab, I love playing with makeup. I can spend endless hours creating new looks and learning new techniques.
I'm a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology here at UTSC. As the lab manager, I take care of daily adminstrative tasks, conduct literature reviews as well as data collection/analysis. Currently, I'm studying how representations of visual features change during movement planning and execution. Beyond my work and academics, I enjoy playing volleyball and taking my rollerblades out for a spin.
My graduate work was on leftward biases of attention also known as pseudoneglect. Pseudoneglect reflects a specialization for certain visuospatial functions in the right hemisphere. We tried to understand why patients with damage to the right hemisphere develop spatial neglect, a severe deficit of awareness for the left part of space.
My project looked at perisaccadic perception of space. That is, around the time of saccadic eye movements, people perceive space in a strangely distorted manner.
My research has been concerned with the visual motor control of grasping, specifically grasping with two hands.
I studied how grasping objects would influence the way in which people categorize these objects.
I studied the influence of feature-based attention (i.e., to colour, motion, shapes, etc.) on the perception of objects.
I've completed my PhD in Clinical Neuropyschology in 2012 and am a current lecturer of Psychology at the Institute of Nautical Medicine at Nantong University in China. I'm currently interested in using various techniques such as EEG and MRI to study the cognitive mechanisms of neuropsychological dysfuntion, and cognitive development in neurodevelopmental disorders. In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling around the world.
I am interested in the perception of space, and our skilled interactions with it. Of interest, for example, is how blind and sighted individuals use linear perspective in pointing to objects on the ground. My research studies how people use vantage points, avatars, and how they take the perspective of others when communicating about spatial directions.
Insia Ali Raza