Myra Fernandes

Dr. Myra Fernandes

Research Focus

My research program involves developing an understanding of the cognitive processes, and brain regions, involved in memory and language. I am interested in knowing how we encode new information, how it is organized and represented in the brain, and how we reactivate the information during retrieval. I am particularly interested in how these change as people age. I evaluate the ability of young adults and seniors to carry out a memory task under conditions in which there is another on-going task competing for their attention. The amount and type of interference observed allows one to infer the cognitive resources and components required for the two tasks, and can provide insight into human memory processing. I also use neuroimaging (fMRI) to identify the brain regions and networks (using PLS) mediating memory processing; these are used to determine how the strategy and brain regions contributing to memory change as we age. A related research interest lies in understanding how different types of information (words, numbers, symbols, spatial layouts) are represented and organized in the brain, through the use of behavioural paradigms, fMRI, and neural network models. My other line of research examines the relationship between neuropsychological and neuroimaging methods of evaluation of language localization.

Publications

Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Do older adults remember irrelevant information differently from younger adults? Experimental Psychology Society Joint With The Canadian Society For Brain, Behaviour And Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) York Meeting Gopie N, Hasher L, Craik FIM, MacLeod CM, Fernandes MA 1247025600 Abstract
Memory networks supporting retrieval effort and retrieval success under conditions of full and divided attention Experimental Psychology Skinner EI, Fernandes MA, Grady CL 1230786000 Journal Article
Age differences in susceptibility to memory interference during free recall of categorizable but not unrelated word lists Experimental Aging Research Fernandes MA, Grady CL 1222833600 Journal Article
Effects of bilingualism, aging, and semantic relatedness on memory under divided attention Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology Fernandes MA, Craik FIM, Bialystok E, Kreuger S 1180670400 Journal Article
Neural correlates of auditory recognition under full and divided attention in younger and older adults Neuropsychologia Fernandes MA, Pacurar A, Moscovitch M, Grady CL 1136091600 Journal Article
The effect of bilingualism on susceptibility to memory interference from divided attention BRAIN AND COGNITION Fernandes MA, Logan J, Bialystok E, Craik F 1112331600 Abstract
Brain regions associated with successful and unsuccessful retrieval of verbal episodic memory as revealed by divided attention. Neuropsychologia Fernandes MA, Moscovitch M, Ziegler M, Grady CL 1104555600 Journal Article
Contribution of frontal and temporal lobe function to memory interference from divided attention at retrieval Neuropsychology Fernandes MA, Davidson PSR, Glisky EL, Moscovitch M 1072933200 Journal Article
Interference effects from divided attention during retrieval in younger and older adults Psychology and Aging Fernandes MA, Moscovitch M 1041397200 Journal Article
Factors modulating the effect of divided attention during retrieval of words Memory & Cognition Fernandes MA, Moscovitch M 1009861200 Journal Article
Contribution of frontal and temporal lobes to divided attention effects at retrieval International Neuropsychological Society Moscovitch M, Fernandes MA, Davidson P, Glisky E 1009861200 Presentation
Divided attention and memory: evidence of substantial interference effects at retrieval and encoding Journal of Experimental Psychology: General Fernandes MA, Moscovitch M 946702800 Journal Article

Contact

Psychology Department
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Office: PAS 4054
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 Email: mafernan@uwaterloo.ca Fax: 519-746-8631