Welcome to the Memory and Decision Processes Lab!

About Us

The Memory & Decision Processes (MAD) Lab is housed in the Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University in downtown Toronto, and is directed by Dr. Julia Spaniol. Research in the MAD Lab uses behavioural and neuroscience techniques to study how motivation and emotion affect cognitive processes in younger and older adults.

Dr. Spaniol is reviewing graduate school applications for Fall 2023 admissions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Spaniol by email (jspaniol@ryerson.ca).

Recent News

September 2022: Congratulations to MAD Lab graduate students on their new scholarships: Mane Kara-Yakoubian (NSERC CGS-D), Aalim Makani (NSERC CGS-M), Brandy Murovec (OGS), Polina Andrievskaia (OGS), and Shadini Dematagoda (RGS)! 

September 2022: The MAD Lab welcomes new 4th year thesis student Rachel Holm and Fall/Winter research assistant Sarah Shahrour!

August 2022: MAD Lab graduate students Mane Kara-Yakoubian, Shadini Dematagoda, and Polina Andrievskaia successfully defend their MA theses. Congratulations all!

August 2022: MAD Lab graduate student Aalim Makani received a Jackman Foundation Psychology Graduate Student Research Excellence Grant. Congratulations Aalim!

July 2022: MAD Lab students Shadini Dematagoda, Sana Junaid, and Adrian Colbert present at the CSBBCS meeting in Halifax, NS!

May 2022: Congratulations to recent MAD Lab graduate Sana Junaid on being awarded her second NSERC USRA!

April 2022: MAD Lab graduate students Shadini Dematagoda and Mane Kara-Yakoubian present at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA!

Research Focus

Affect and decision making

Motivational influences on attention and memory