Kathleen Walton Smith, PhD
Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience
Goel Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
current e-mail addresses:
kws AT yorku DOT caSmithKathleenW 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
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
Mailing address in France was:
Laboratoire C2S (EA): Cognition, Santé, Socialisation
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. (in press). Lesions to polar/orbital prefrontal cortex selectively impair reasoning about emotional material. Neuropsychologia.
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 2
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.2014.00736Smith, K. W., & Greenberg, L. S. (2007). Internal multiplicity in emotion-focused psychotherapy.
cited by 4
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.
cited by 1
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 86
Peterson, J. B., Smith, K. W., & Carson, S. (2002). Openness and extraversion are
associated with reduced latent inhibition: Replication and commentary.
Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 1137-1147.
cited by 144
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.
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
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
the Personality Variables of Openness and Extraversion Among People of High Intelligence
University of Toronto: Advisor: Jordan B. Peterson
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
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
Society for Neuroscience
Society for Psychophysiological Research
Social & Affective Neuroscience Society
Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science
Women in Cognitive Science Canada
Mensa Canada (Toronto)
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