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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
September 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Faculty Research Interests


Todd Ferretti
Associate Professor
tferrett [at]

Research interests: Language and cognitive processes; computational models of language processing; electro-physiological studies of language comprehension and production. I will be accepting students in 2014/2015.


William Hockley
whockley [at]

My research program, funded by NSERC, has focused on issues related to recognition memory. In particular, I have been interested in distinguishing between decision-based and memory-based influences on recognition performance. Recent work includes studies of different aspects of recognition memory such as the effects of context, the Revelation Effect, the Mirror Effect, and face recognition. I am also interested in the distinction between item and associative information, and the separate contributions of familiarity and recollection to memory performance.


Jeffery Jones
Associate Professor
jjones [at]

Research Interests: Human communication through speech, music and other acoustic signals. Research topics include sensory-motor control during speech, singing, and music production, as well as multisensory perception. Applied work looks at communication disorders caused by Parkinson's disease, stuttering, as well as attention and cognitive loads during communication while driving. Techniques used include behavioural measures, EEG, and fMRI.  I will be accepting students in 2014/2015.



Sukhvinder Obhi
Associate Professor
sobhi [at]

Dr Obhi's research is focused in three broad categories; basic cognitive neuroscience, social cognitive neuroscience and applied cognitive neuroscience. Particular areas of study within these broad categories include 1) understanding the functional and neural underpinnings of action modification, self-control and agency, 2) understanding the functional and neural representation of observed actions in observational and coaction scenarios, and 3) understanding the consumer brain. A newer area of applied study also concerns the cognitive neuroscience of product design. Tools used include psychophysiology (EMG, GSR etc), 3-D motion tracking and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The lab also has access to EEG and fMRI facilities on and off campus. In addition to his primary position at Laurier, Dr. Obhi holds a research associate position at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London in the U.K. Dr. Obhi's work is funded by NSERC and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario ministry for research and innovation.I will be accepting students in 2014/2015.


Elizabeth Olds
Associate Professor
eolds [at]

Research in my lab investigates how certain portions of the visual scene are selected for in-depth processing, while others are virtually discarded. We investigate selection by having observers perform a variety of tasks, including visual search, probe detection, change detection, and target identification. 


Philip Servos
pservos [at]

Dr. Servos' research focuses on the neural bases of somatosensory and visual perception. He uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as well as neuropsychological techniques to examine these processes. He has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and his work has been featured on the front page of the National Post. Dr. Servos received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario and pursued post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University as well as Stanford University. He has received an Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award and is currently the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at Laurier.  I will be accepting students in 2014/2015.