Jennifer Heisz

Dr. Jennifer Heisz

Research Focus

I use an innovative multimodal imaging approach to assess the spatiotemporal dynamics of the human brain that link to cognition and action. My research has three objectives: 1) to explore the space-time variance of human brain dynamics as a predictor of cognitive capacity and mental health; 2) to examine the extent to which eye movements reflect brain processes as a cost-effective means of diagnosing cognitive ability; and 3) to assess the interplay between perception and memory with particular interest in determining how this relationship changes as a function of learning and lifespan experience (e.g., physical health, occupation, and education). My work will help to unravel the complicated relationship between brain function, behaviour, and life experience as predictors of cognitive capacity and mental health. This line of questioning has many practical applications; currently, I’m pursuing efforts to improve learning and memory retention in an educational setting for individual of all ages.

For more information visit www.jenniferheisz.ca

Publications

Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Age-related shift in neural complexity related to task performance and physical activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Heisz JJ, Gould M, McIntosh AR 1433131200 Journal Article
Age differences in the association of physical activity, sociocognitive engagement, and TV viewing on face memory. Health Psychology Heisz JJ, Vandermorris S, Wu J, McIntosh AR, Ryan JD 1422334800 Journal Article
A Trade-off between Local and Distributed Information Processing Associated with Remote Episodic versus Semantic Memory. Journal of cognitive neuroscience Heisz JJ, Vakorin V, Ross B, Levine B, McIntosh AR 1388552400 Journal Article
Applications of EEG neuroimaging data: event-related potentials, spectral power, and multiscale entropy. Journal of Visualized Experiments Heisz JJ, McIntosh AR 1370232000 Journal Article
Relating brain signal variability to knowledge representation NeuroImage Heisz JJ, Shedden JM, McIntosh AR 1333598400 Journal Article
Neural temporal dynamics of contingency judgement Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Heisz JJ, Hannah S, Shedden JM, Allan LG 1285905600 Journal Article
Modality-specific control processes in verbal and spatial working memory Brain Research Watter S, Heisz JJ, Karle JW, Shedden JM, Kiss I 1280635200 Journal Article
Shyness and face scanning in children Journal of Anxiety Disorders Brunet PM, Heisz JJ, Mondloch CJ, Shore DI, Schmidt LA 1230786000 Journal Article
Semantic learning modifies perceptual face processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Heisz JJ, Shedden JM 1230786000 Journal Article
More efficient scanning for familiar faces. Journal of Vision Heisz JJ, Shore DI 1199163600 Journal Article
Control processes in verbal working memory: an event-related potential study. Brain Research Kiss I, Watter S, Heisz JJ, Shedden JM 1167627600 Journal Article
Automatic face identity encoding at the N170. Vision research Heisz JJ, Watter S, Shedden JM 1136091600 Journal Article
Progressive N170 habituation to unattended repeated faces. Vision research Heisz JJ, Watter S, Shedden JM 1136091600 Journal Article

Professional Affiliations

  • 2004–2009: Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science
  • 2009–Present: Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • 2009–Present: Organization for Human Brain Mapping
  • 2009–2010: Society for Neuroscience
  • 2005–Present: Vision Science Society

Reviewership

Consulting

  • Archives Italiennes de Biologie
  • Brain and Cognition
  • Experimental Brain Research
  • Journal of Comparative Psychology
  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Quarterly Journal of Experiment Psychology
  • Visual Cognition

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2010: Catherall Award for Research, Jack and Rita Catherall CANADA, $500
  • 2009: Research Scholarship, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, $10,000
  • 2008: Research Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University
  • 2007: Research Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University
  • 2006: Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctorate, NSERC, $105,000
  • 2006: Research Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, $500
  • 2005: Ontario Graduate Scholarship Master’s, Ministry of Ontario, $15,000
  • 2005: Research Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, $500
  • 2005: Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's, NSERC, $17,500
  • 2004: Abe Black Memorial Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis, McMaster University, $500
  • 2000: Academic Honours Award, McMaster University, $1000

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

The Rotman Research Institute
Baycrest
3560 Bathurst Street, 1004
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6A 2E1 Phone: 416-785-2500 x3812 Email: jheisz@rotman-baycrest.on.ca Fax: 416-785-2862