Honours thesis student presents research at Inspiring Young Women in STEM Conference

posted Mar 5, 2018, 12:25 PM by CoNCH Lab

Young Choi, an honours thesis student in the Psychology Department, presented a research poster entitled, "Evaluating the Effects of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy on Temporal Memory" at the Inspiring Young Women in STEM Conference on March 4, 2018 at The Great Hall. Young was one of over 75 talented undergraduate students across Ontario to present their research at the conference. 

Good job, Young!

Ysabel and Ana-Bianca win Proteus Innovation Competition

posted Mar 2, 2018, 9:06 AM by CoNCH Lab

Ysabel, Ana-Bianca, and their teammate Mike Patterson pitched a commercialization strategy for the Catheter Contact-Force Controller last night at the Proteus Innovation Competition at Windermere Manor. 

Their team came in first place and brought home a prize of $5,000. Congratulations, Team C! 

For more information on the Proteus Innovation Competition, visit

Technology inventor Danny Gelman, with Team C members Mike, Ysabel, and Ana-Bianca 

Dora Ladowski gets internship position at Baycrest

posted Mar 2, 2018, 8:39 AM by CoNCH Lab

Dora Ladowski, PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology, recently accepted a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Baycrest Health Science for 2018-2019. Dora's one step closer to completing her training in clinical neuropsychology. 

Congratulations, Dora!! 

CoNCH Lab Goes to ARO!

posted Feb 23, 2018, 10:45 AM by CoNCH Lab   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 10:47 AM ]

Ingrid Johnsrude, Bjorn Herrmann, Ysabel Domingo, and former post-docs Emma Holmes, Alex Billig, and Julia Huyck attended the 41st Annual Midwinter Meeting of the Association of Research in Otolaryngology in San Diego, California. 

Alex and Emma co-moderated a symposium called Non-Acoustic Influences on Speech Perception in Normal and Impaired Hearing. Alex gave a talk on "Linguistic Knowledge Affects Auditory Streaming of Speech: Insights from Intracranial Recordings and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging", and Emma's talk was titled, "Talker familiarity improves speech understanding in the presence of simultaneous talkers". 

Bjorn, Alex, and Ysabel presented posters. Bjorn and Alex were part of the Auditory Cortex, Speech, and Music poster session. Bjorn's poster was about "Sound pattern processing: Neural synchronization and sustained neural activity", and Alex's poster was "Alpha Oscillations Within Human Auditory Cortex: An Intracranial Electrophysiology Study". Ysabel's poster was part of the Attention, Audiovisual Integration & Sound Localization session and was called "Using spatial release from masking to estimate the magnitude of the familiar-voice intelligibility benefit". 

Ysabel, Bjorn, Emma, and Julia in San Diego for the ARO Meeting

New publication in The Journal of Neuroscience

posted Jan 25, 2018, 2:27 PM by CoNCH Lab

A new paper by Bjorn Herrmann and Ingrid Johnsrude was accepted for publication by The Journal of Neuroscience. In this paper, we investigate whether human auditory cortex responses adapt to stimulus statistical distributions and how aging affects adaptation to stimulus statistics. Both age groups demonstrated adaptation to sound-level stimulus statistics, but adaptation was incomplete in older people. The lack of full adaptation to the statistics of the sensory environment may be a physiological mechanism underlying the known difficulty older adults have with filtering out irrelevant sensory information.

Herrmann B, Maess B, Johnsrude IS (accepted) Aging affects adaptation to sound-level statistics in human auditory cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience.

Ysabel and Ana-Bianca completed the Graduate Student Innovation Scholars Program

posted Jan 25, 2018, 2:24 PM by CoNCH Lab

On December 12, 2017, Ysabel and Ana-Bianca marked the end of the Graduate Students Innovation Scholars (GSIS) Program with Pitch Day, where their teams pitched technologies developed at UWO to a panel of judges. 

Dr Emma Holmes going to Psychonomics 2017

posted Oct 21, 2017, 11:13 AM by CoNCH Lab

Emma will present  "Familiar voices are more intelligible even if they are not recognized as familiar" by Holmes, Domingo and Johnsrude at Psychonomics in Vancouver, Nov 9-12, 2017. 

BrainsCAN Participant Coordinator Position - closes Nov 12, 2017

posted Oct 21, 2017, 11:07 AM by CoNCH Lab   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

Western University’s BrainsCAN initiative recently received a substantial $66 million investment from the

Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). Already ranked amongst the best in the world in cognitive

neuroscience and neuroimaging, Western excels in the breadth of cognitive, computational, clinical,

technological, and translational approaches required for understanding and intervening in brain function.

The goal of BrainsCAN is to significantly reduce the impact of cognitive disorders across the lifespan. To do this,

our scientific approach will identify how cognitive markers map onto specific brain networks using our state of

the art behavioural and imaging platforms.

Reporting to the Director of the BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Core (HSC Core), the Community

Research Coordinator will work in collaboration with faculty, trainees and research teams on BrainsCAN

research projects. The incumbent is responsible for facilitating recruitment, enrolment, scheduling and

retention of research participants living in the community for BrainsCAN research projects, ensuring compliance

with policies and procedures related to ethical standards, research and privacy. The incumbent liaises with

London area health organizations, associations, school boards, and support groups for the recruitment of

research participants, by establishing effective relationships and promoting and responding to inquiries related

to the research.

The Community Research Coordinator supports the development and management of a research participant

database and provides progress reports and data for use by the research team. The incumbent participates in

the development of marketing materials, identifies and acts on opportunities to increase awareness of

BrainsCAN-related research involving community participants, and liaises with a variety of stakeholders to build

research capacity and ensure the successful coordination of all tasks to achieve the research outcomes.

For more details and to apply, please visit:

Interested applicants are asked to apply online to job reference #11399 by midnight on November 12, 2017. We

thank all applicants for the interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.

Society for Neuroscience, November 2016

posted Oct 31, 2016, 7:14 AM by CoNCH Lab   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

Björn Herrmann and Alex Billig will be presenting posters at the upcoming Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, November 12-16.

CoNCH Lab welcomes new Postdoctoral Fellow Alex Billig

posted May 31, 2016, 1:35 PM by CoNCH Lab   [ updated May 31, 2016, 1:36 PM ]

In March 2016 the CoNCH Lab gained a new postdoctoral fellow - Oxford and Cambridge graduate Alex Billig (read more about Alex here). Now that he's had a few months to acclimatize to our Canadian weather, we asked him what initially drew him to The Brain and Mind Institute: 

"Somehow I kept meeting people from LondON during my time in the UK, and they were all exceptionally nice! After becoming familiar with Ingrid's work, and hearing more about the Brain and Mind Institute from those who'd made the same move from Cambridge, it seemed like a natural step for me. I'm excited to be here, and to continue my training and research in such a stimulating (and social) environment." - Alex

Thanks Alex, we're very happy you've joined us!

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