Rebecca Todd

Dr. Rebecca Todd

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Research Focus

My research focus is on emotion/cognition interactions, and their neural correlates, as they develop over the lifespan. My doctoral research focused on age-related changes in neural responses to emotionally salient stimuli, such as emotionally expressive and personally familiar faces, and the influence of emotional processing on cognitive control in childhood. My current research draws on psychophysical, genetic profiling, and neuroimaging methods to investigate:

  • the influence of emotion on the subjective experience of perceptual and mnemonic vividness
  • the influence of trauma on attention and perception
  • the influence of emotional arousal on post-encoding memory consolidation processes
  • genetic and neural signatures of individual differences in emotional memory vividness


Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Episodic autobiographical memory is associated with variation in the size of hippocampal subregions Hippocampus Palombo DJ, Bacopulos A, Amaral RSC, Olsen RK, Todd RM, Anderson AK, Levine B 1514782800 Journal Article
Neurogenetic variations in norepinephrine availability enhance perceptual vividness Journal of Neuroscience Todd RM, Ehlers MR, Müller DJ, Robertson A,Palombo DJ, Freeman N, Levine B, Anderson AK 1429675200 Journal Article
Genes for Emotion-Enhanced Remembering Are Linked to Enhanced Perceiving Psychological Science Todd RM, Mueller D, Robertson A, Freeman N, Eaton T, Palombo DJ, Levine B, Anderson AK 1379649600 Journal Article
KIBRA Polymorphism Is Associated with Individual Differences in Hippocampal Subregions: Evidence from Anatomical Segmentation using High-Resolution MRI Journal of Neuroscience Palombo DJ, Amaral RS, Olsen RK, Müller DJ, Todd RM, Anderson AK, Levine B 1375848000 Journal Article
Through the lens of emotion: Emotionality, arousal and attention in the amygdala The social psychology of sight. Todd RM, Anderson AK 1294462800 Book Chapter
Salience, state, and expression: The influence of specific aspects of emotion on attention Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience Todd RM, Anderson AK 1294462800 Book Chapter
Genetic differences in emotionally enhanced memory Neuropsychologia Todd RM, Palombo DJ, Levine B, Anderson AK 1291784400 Journal Article
The development of emotion regulation: A neuropsychological perspective Lifespan development handbook, vol 2 Lewis MD, Todd RM, Xu X 1277956800 Book Chapter
Group specific optimisation of fMRI processing steps for child and adult data NeuroImage Evans JW, Todd RM, Taylor MJ, Strother SC 1267506000 Journal Article
The changing face of emotion: age-related patterns of amygdala activation to salient faces Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Todd RM, Evans JW, Morris D, Lewis MD, Taylor MJ 1267419600 Journal Article
Neurophysiological correlates of executive function: a comparison of european-canadian and chinese-canadian 5-year-olds Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Lahat A, Todd RM, Mahy CEV, Lau K, Zelazo PD 1262926800 Journal Article
Neurophysiological correlates of executive function: a comparison of European-canadian and chinese-canadian 5-year-old children Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Lahat A, Todd RM, Mahy CE, Lau K, Zelazo PD 1262926800 Journal Article
The neurogenetics of remembering emotions past Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Todd RM, Anderson AK 1230786000 Journal Article
Six degrees of separation: the amygdala regulates social behavior and perception Nature Neuroscience Todd RM, Anderson AK 1230786000 Journal Article
Changes in the neural bases of emotion regulation associated with clinical improvement in children with behavior problems Development and Psychopathology Lewis MD, Granic I, Lamm C, Zelazo PD, Stieben J, Todd RM, Moadab I, Pepler D 1199163600 Journal Article
The time course of social-emotional processing in early childhood: ERP responses to facial affect and personal familiarity in a Go-Nogo task Neuropsychologia Todd RM, Lewis MD, Meusel LA, Zelazo PD 1199163600 Journal Article
The development of consciousness in childhood Cambridge Companion to Consciousness Zelazo P, Gao H, Todd RM 1170738000 Book Chapter
The self-regulating brain: Cortical-subcortical feedback and the development of intelligent action Cognitive Development Lewis MD, Todd RM 1170738000 Journal Article
Event-related potential measures of emotion regulation in early childhood Neuroreport Lewis MD, Todd RM, Honsberger MJ 1167627600 Journal Article


  • 2008: PhD, Developmental Science and Neuroscience, University of Toronto Toronto

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2006: NSERC postgraduate scholarship, NSERC, $42,000
  • 2005: Academic Excellence Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), $6000
  • 2005: Ontario Graduate Scholarship, OGS, $15,000
  • 1969: Ontario Graduate Scholarship, OGS, Declined, $15,000

Research Projects


  • 2009–2010: Effects of Emotional Arousal on the Vividness of Perception and Memory
    Supervisor: Brian Levine, Adam Anderson

    Sponsors: Catherall


Email: Fax: 416-785-2862