Kathleen W Smith: Research Associate

Kathleen Walton Smith, PhD
Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Associate
Goel Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M3J 1P3

current e-mail addresses:
kws AT yorku DOT ca
SmithKathleenW AT gmail DOT com          
K.W.Smith  AT  sussex  DOT  ac  DOT  uk

2010-2013  Postdoctoral Research Fellow post held at:
School of Psychology
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
United Kingdom



and at


Groupe de Recherche sur l’Alcool et les Pharmacodépendances

Equipe Région INSERM 24

Université de Picardie Jules Verne

1, rue des Louvels, 80000 Amiens, France



Mailing address in UK was:
University of Sussex
Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre, Office 9
Falmer, Brighton
Mailing address in France was:
Laboratoire C2S (EA): Cognition, Santé, Socialisation
Bâtiment 13
Université de Reims, Champagne-Ardenne
57 rue Pierre Taittinger
51096 Reims Cedex - FRANCE


    Goel, V., Lam, E., Smith, K. W., Goel, A., Raymont, V., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2017). Lesions to polar/orbital                prefrontal cortex selectively impair reasoning about emotional material. Neuropsychologia, 99, 236-245.
     doi:  10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.03.006
    Smith, K. W., Gierski, F., Andre, J., Dowell, N. G., Cercignani, M., Naassila, M., & Duka, T. (2017).
    Altered white matter integrity in whole brain and segments of corpus callosum, in young social drinkers
    with binge drinking pattern. Addiction Biology, 22, 490-501.   doi: 10.1111/adb.12332 

       cited by 3

     Smith, K. W., Balkwill, L.-L., Vartanian, O., & Goel, V. (2015). Syllogisms delivered in
    an angry voice lead to improved performance and engagement of a different neural system
    compared to neutral voice.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:273. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00273
    Smith, K. W., Vartanian, O., & Goel, V. (2014). Dissociable neural systems underwrite
    logical reasoning in the context of induced emotions with positive and negative valence
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:736. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00736
cited by 5

    Smith, K. W., & Greenberg, L. S. (2007). Internal multiplicity in emotion-focused psychotherapy.
    Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 63, 175-
186.     doi: 10.1002/jclp.20340
       cited by 13

    Smith, K. W. (2006). Voice psychotherapy for sexuality and intimacy issues.
[Review of the book Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships].
Psychology of Women Quarterly, 30, 417.     
    Noveck, I. A., Goel, V., & Smith, K. W. (2004). The neural basis of conditional reasoning
    with arbitrary content. Cortex, 40, 613-622.
        doi:  10.1016/S0010-9452(08)70157-6
       cited by 89

    Peterson, J. B., Smith, K. W., & Carson, S. (2002). Openness and extraversion are
    associated with reduced latent inhibition: Replication and 
Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 1137-1147.
        cited by 152

Research Statement

For my doctorate, completed in Canada, I explored the relation between emotion and reasoning using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and have developed a new neural model of the interaction of reasoning and emotion (MIRE). Previously I conducted an eye-tracking study involving people with Asperger syndrome. I conducted an fMRI study of theory of mind (also called mentalizing), comparing reasoning about other people's thoughts with reasoning about others' intended physical behaviour. I am trained in mindfulness meditation.

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in a position held simultaneously at University of Sussex, UK and Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France, 
I explored the changing neural correlates across two timepoints of the cognitive and emotional effects of binge drinking among young adults.

Currently, in the Goel Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, I am investigating relations between neural anatomy and creative performance and problem-solving in a normally developing population and in lesion patients.

I am influenced by the view from clinical psychology that the mind is inherently dialogical. This view has been developed, for example, using "two-chair work" in psychotherapy. In my own research program, I will explore the implications of this for the interaction of cognitive, neural, and physiological functioning in various populations.


 Dissertation Topic
    An Integrated Neural Model of Syllogistic Reasoning, Incorporating the Effects of Sequentially-
    and Concurrently Presented Emotion    
    Goel Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory,
    Department of Psychology, York
 University, Toronto Canada      
    Advisor: Vinod Goel



     Theory of Mind is Characterized Differently Than Formal Inferential Reasoning: An fMRI Study        
    York University, Toronto Canada         Advisor: Vinod Goel
    B.A. (Honours)
    The Effect of Lateral Visual Field Stimulation on Performance in Mood-Sensitive Tasks
    University of Toronto:    Advisor: Bernard B. Schiff
     Third-year Undergraduate Thesis
     The Relation Between Latent Inhibition, Inhibition of Return, Creativity, and
Personality Variables of Openness and Extraversion Among People of High Intelligence            
    University of Toronto:    Advisor: Jordan B. Peterson

 Selected Conference Presentations


    The First Joint Conference of The Society of Philosophy and Psychology and
   The European Society of Philosophy and Psychology        
                             Barcelona, Spain, 2004
    Theory of Mind and Physical Reasoning: An fMRI Study
        Smith, K. W., & Goel, V.
     Social & Affective Neuroscience Society                                             Boston, Massachusetts, 2015

     Logical reasoning improves in the context of an angry voice and is characterized differently from
     neutral in its neural underpinnings.
         Smith, K. W., Balkwill, L.-L., Vartanian, O., & Goel, V.

Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science                        Toronto, Canada, 2014

Altered white matter integrity in whole brain and segments of corpus callosum, in young social
     drinkers with binge drinking pattern.

Smith, K. W., Cercignani, M., & Duka, T.       

    Vision Sciences Society                                                                          Naples, Florida, 2008
    Strategy for Visual Scanning of Faces Varies with the Degree of Asperger Syndrome Traits
        Smith, K. W., Harris, L. R., & Steeves, J. K. 



    Psychology Graduate Students Association, York University    
   Toronto, Ontario
        Chair                                                           2003-2005
        Treasurer                                                     2002
    Promotion and Tenure (Faculty) Committee, Department of
   Psychology, York University
        Graduate Student Representative                     2002-2004


    Course Director: Statistical Methods II (Analysis of Variance, Linear Regression)
        York University, Department of Psychology        2009
    Completed the University Teaching and Learning Course
        Centre for the Support of Teaching, York University    2005

 Professional Memberships

     Society for Neuroscience
     Society for Psychophysiological Research
    Social & Affective Neuroscience Society
    Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science
    Women in Cognitive Science Canada
  Other Websites


  Personal Memberships

   Mensa Canada (Toronto)
        Co-ordinator, Toronto Mensa Inquiring Minds (speaker event)

    Ironically, abstraction must be anchored in meaning or it is 
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