- Mark Fenske, PhD, is a cognitive-neuroscientist and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. His research combines neuroimaging and psychophysiology techniques with studies of human behaviour to examine factors that are critical for healthy cognitive and emotional functioning. His writing, teaching, and public speaking are likewise aimed at helping others understand that learning a bit about the brain can be helpful in enhancing performance and well-being. Dr. Fenske’s efforts to translate scientific findings and make them accessible to the public at large includes the bestselling book, ‘The Winner’s Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success’ and his popular ‘Better Brain’ column, which regularly appeared in the Globe & Mail.
- My area of research in the lab encompasses how allocations of attention have impacts on the emotional and social perceptions of stimuli and how this ultimately alters outcome selections during subsequent decision making, our engagement in motivational behaviours and, the future hedonic experience afforded by these stimuli. In my investigations I consider how these effects apply to social-emotional perceptions of others, to our sexual arousal responses, and to cognitive-flexibility via task-switching.
- My research is focused on investigating how strategies for attention and memory can be observed in physiological change; with special focus on the behavioural costs of anticipation and preparation, and stimulus-locked shifts in heart rate and respiration. I am also exploring what cues are used when making memory predictions. Currently, we are manipulating motoric fluency to see how the procedural memory associated with an item can influence the impressions we have of our future memory.
- I am interested in how individual differences in the tendency to experience boredom are related to individual differences in attentional control (e.g. how frequently a person spontaneously mind-wanders) and the subjective impact of hearing-related perceptual difficulties. More specifically, my research aims to elucidate the cognitive mechanisms related to boredom, and how cognitive-affective processes, such as boredom, contribute to the subjective experience of hearing loss and corresponding decisions about hearing rehabilitation.
||Greer Gillies H.B.Sc. Psychology, University of Guelph
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