giuseppe iaria (DIRECTOR)

Giuseppe Iaria Dr. Iaria is Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health. Dr. Iaria graduated in 1997 with a bachelors degree in Experimental Psychology, completed further training in Neuropsychology in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2003. He has conducted behavioural and neuroimaging studies in both healthy individuals and brain-damaged patients and was trained in different academic/research locations such as the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy), Le College de France (Paris, France), the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). (Phone: +1 403 220 8482)

ford burles (graduate student - PhD)

Ford's main project at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the contribution of the retrosplenial cortex on the human ability to orient, and its relationship to the lifelong condition of getting lost in familiar surroundings (i.e. Developmental Topographical Disorientation). In addition, he is responsible for the development of, the very first online platform providing a comprehensive assessment of human orientation skills. The data collected through this website provides us with a very large database that allows us to gain insight into the processes used by individuals as they navigate and orient (or get lost) in their surroundings. Ford is also performing behavioural neuroimaging at NASA through our Canadian Space Agency funded project investigating the effects of microgravity on Astronauts' spatial orientation skills. Ford is the recipient of the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Graduate Scholarship. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)

Liam mcfarlane (graduate student - master)

Liam's research interest focuses on investigating concussion in professional athletes. As both a researcher and former professional speed skater, Liam is particularly interested in investigating the development of a cognitive training program that will contribute to a faster and more effective recovery from sport-related concussion. At NeuroLab, he is investigating the effects of concussion on a specific test appositely developed to investigate the ability to form cognitive maps, a complex cognitive skill that relies on extended neural networks. Liam is testing the hypothesis that performance at this test may help to predict post-concussion symptoms. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

alberto umilta (graduate student - phd)

Alberto has joined NeuroLab from The University of Bologna (Italy). His research interest focuses on developing and assessing effectiveness of online cognitive training. At NeuroLab, Alberto is focusing on investigating the behavioural and neurological effects of a training program designed to improve individuals' spatial orientation skills. The effects of this training will be assessed neurologically, through the use of both structural and functional neuroimaging, and behaviourally, through the use of spatial orientation tasks in ecological surroundings. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

michael McLaren (graduate student)

Michael is joining NeuroLab with a specific interest in combining the state-of-the-art technology with behavioural and neuroimaging approaches to create an effective cognitive training program for people whose orientation skills have declined or never developed. He is focusing on creating an interactive virtual environment in which individuals will practice to create cognitive maps and use them for orientation. He is interested in evaluating the effects of such training, behaviourally and neurologically. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)


jaimy hannah (honours student)

Jaimy's interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the neurological mechanisms underlying Developental Topographical Disorientation (DTD). She is using a series of neuroimaging techniques to look at functional and structural properties of the brain of individuals affected by DTD. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


kendra potocki (volunteer)

Kendra’s main focus at NeuroLab is to assist with ongoing research into the lifelong condition of getting lost in familiar surroundings, as seen in Developmental Topographical Disorientation (DTD). Kendra holds a BSc with a major in cellular, molecular, and microbial biology, and a minor in psychology. She is specifically interested in investigating the influence that genetics has on spatial abilities, and is currently focusing on the heritability of DTD. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

chelsie hart (volunteer)

Chelsie's interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the effects of using virtual environment and virtual reality in performing spatial orientation tasks. She is focusing on quantifying the positive effects of both techniques in order to better define cognitive training targeting different groups of individuals who experience topographical disorientation. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

jacquie kohl (volunteer)

Jacquie's volunteer time at NeuroLab is currently invested in gaining experience on experimental tasks development, data collection and behavioural data analyses. She is currently involved in a project aiming to investigate the effects of different orientation skills on the individuals' quality of sleep and attitute to spatial orientation in ecological surroundings. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


janine wieler (volunteer)

Janine's research experience at NeuroLab focuses on investigating how different orientation skills are related to each other in order to support successful orientation and navigation in daily life. She is also contributing to the development of a computerized spatial orientation training task that focuses on improving individuals' orientation and navigation skill in real surroundings.

laura miola (international visiting student)

Laura has joined neurolab in the summer of 2017 from the Univeristy of Padova (Italy). Here interest focuses on investigating the effects of sleep quality on a variety of spatial orietation skills. She combines cognitive science with neuropsychological assessments and sleep recordings in order to better understand how sleep affects cognitive performance in terms of spatial orientation in healthy individuals.


Serena Shimert (summer student 2017)
Veronica Guadagni (PhD student 2012 - 17)
Irene Liu (MSc and PhD student 2010 - 17)
Aiden Arnold (MSc and PhD student 2010 - 17)
Edward (Ted) Slone (PhD student 2011-16)
Kara Murias (PhD student 2012-15)
Elizabeth Cook (honours student 2015-16)
Antony Wang (honours student 2015-16)
Silvana Valera (honours student 2015-16)
Kara Murias (phd student 2012-15)
Silvana Valera (summer student 2015)
Sana Tariq (research associate 2014-15)
Melissa Yue (honours student 2014-15)
Harold Song (honours student 2014-15)
Taneesha Chawla (summer student 2014)
Zaw Aung (summer student 2014)
Gurjot Sekhon (summer student 2014)
Laura Gerow (honours student 2013-14)
Kathy Kwok (honours student 2013-14)
Felecia Hoey (honours student 2012-13)
Naveet Sohi (honours student 2012-13)
Adrian Gil Castillejo (summer student 2013)
Katharina Müller (international student 2012-13)
Lauren Froese (summer student 2012)
Taya Krivoruchko (honours student 2011-12)
Andrea Moir (honours student 2011-12)
Rachel Sharkey (honours student 2011-12)
Rachel Sharkey (summer student 2011)
Sabine Seyffarth (international student 2011)
Jacqueline Boon (summer students 2011)
Colin Rey (research associate 2010-11)
Mada Wentzel (honours students 2010-11)
Amber Nowakowski (honours students 2010-11)