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 thought and 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 research investigates the impact of attention on emotional and social perception of stimuli and how this ultimately alters outcomes during subsequent decision making, motivational behaviours and future hedonic experiences. I consider how these effects apply to social-emotional perceptions of others, to 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.
I am interested in better understanding how changes in the breadth of attention are linked to affective responses.
I am interested in exploring individual difference factors within the devaluation-by-inhibition effect. In particular, my research examines the role of memory and attention in underlying the degree to which an individual devalues inhibited stimuli.
Yasmin Elliott, Mackenzie Bain, Sibley Hutchinson
I am interested in discussion and application of devaluation by inhibition across the literature and am conducting a literature review on the topic.