I earned my PhD in Psychology; I specialized in brain and behaviour at Queen's University. After completing my doctoral studies, I joined Advanced Telecommunications Research International, a research institute in Japan. It was while I worked in Japan alongside engineers developing interactive robots and other technologies that I solidified my view that basic research is the foundation for innovation.
I work now to uncover the mechanisms of the brain and figure out ways to use this information for health and commercial applications.
I supervise doctoral, master's and undergraduate student theses. My research has been supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States.
I have also had the privilege of serving on peer-review panels for CIHR, NSERC, and NIH. I am the current director of the Laurier Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Please visit http://www.joneslab.ca/ for more information about my research.
We investigate the psychological and neurological foundations of human communication. When people communicate through speech, music or gesture, their brains must process a vast amount of sensory information. A primary goal of our research is to understand the neural mechanisms involved in processing the multisensory information that results from producing and perceiving verbal and nonverbal communication.
We conduct a wide range of studies on speech communication, singing, musicianship, and decision-making. We study both healthy individuals as well as individuals who are challenged by communication disorders caused by Parkinson's disease, autism spectrum disorder, and schizophrenia. The techniques we use include behavioural measures, EEG (electroencephalography), and fMRI.
Our goal is to develop a thorough understanding of these processes in order to improve the remediation of certain communication disorders and impact the design of communication technologies.
I am always seeking highly motivated individuals to join our research endeavours. Background in 1 or more of the following areas is ideal: psychology, neuroscience, biology, speech pathology, engineering, physics, applied math or computer science.
The Department of Psychology at Laurier has both a MSc and a PhD program in Cognitive Neuroscience, and accepts new graduate students each year.
Work conducted in the lab is related to CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC supported areas of research.
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