Congratulations to our hardworking lab members who have graduated in 2020, we are so proud of you! Here is what they have to say:

Hayley Carolan, BSc Behavioural Neuroscience

1) What did you study at UBC?
Behavioural Neuroscience!
2) Where do you want to take your career?
I’m planning to study counselling psychology but I’m not set on a specific career. I want to learn interesting things and see where they take me!
3) What kind of research are you doing in the MI lab?
Over the past two years, I’ve been studying the power of imagination to change our attitudes towards climate change.
4) What is one memory from your time at UBC that you would like to share?
I have two:
Attending protests with my classmates to demand climate crisis action.
Seeing Cotton and Teddy (UBC’s most instagrammed dogs) around campus. They are the sweetest!

Jasmeen Mohammed, BA Cognitive Systems

1) What did you study at UBC?
I completed my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Cognitive Systems (Psych Stream- Cognition and the Brain). This field interested me because of its interdisciplinary nature, and it gave me the opportunity to learn about computer science, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics.
2) What are you passionate about? (or where do you want to take your career)
I love learning about the different functions of the human brain, and how that knowledge can be used to help people. I hope to pursue a Masters in Neuroscience!
3) What kind of research are you doing in the MI lab?
I am working in collaboration with the Vision lab on a project investigating the role of memory in the selection for consciousness. The key idea is that we are presented with a lot of stimuli in our environment, and there is a filter that plays a role in what we are aware of at that moment. We would like to know if past experiences and memories can affect that filter, and influence what we select. The pandemic has put the project on hold, so for the time-being I am helping out with other tasks around the lab 🙂
4) What is one memory from your time at UBC that you would like to share?
I will never forget the moment I realized I was in the wrong building for my final exam. I had mindlessly walked into the building where I always had lecture and got confused when everyone around me was studying chemistry when the exam was for biology. The exam was worth 50% so I could not afford to be late. I sprinted across campus- I don’t think I’ve ever ran that fast in my life!! Definitely an unforgettable moment, and a mistake I made sure to never make again!

Sophie Bragg, BA Psychology

1) What did you study at UBC?
I’m in my last term of a bachelors degree in psychology
2) What are you passionate about? (or where do you want to take your career)
My passions lie in mental health in children and youth. This has motivated me to work towards hopefully going to grad school in social work in the future. I hope to be able to help at-risk families and children at a community or individual level.
3) What kind of research are you doing in the MI lab?
My work in the lab has mainly been helping with studies on how our memory perception and retrieval may be affected by emotion.
4) What is one memory from your time at UBC that you would like to share?
One memory at UBC that sticks out to me was an experience in my WRDS 150 class which specialized in transgender literature and research. My partner and I did research on eating disorders in the transgender community and it was the project I’ve been most proud of during my entire degree. We were then invited to present our poster presentation at Arts Studies in Research and Writing conference by our professor.

Alessandra Te, BSc Cognitive Systems

1) What did you study at UBC?
I graduated with a BSc in Cognitive Systems, Cognition and Brain Opt
2) What are you passionate about? (or where do you want to take your career)
I am passionate about helping people and learning about how they think and how they move. I hope that I can find a career path that will allow me to incorporate these things and give me the opportunity for continuous learning.
3) What kind of research are you doing in the MI lab?
My research in the lab focuses on exploring the relationship between emotion and temporal memory (memory of when things happen) through video stimuli, specifically looking at how it fits in with the memory trade-off effect. I am also studying the effect of context shifts on emotional memory.
4) What is one memory from your time at UBC that you would like to share?
My favourite memories from my time at UBC have been in the MI Lab. I will forever cherish my memories of the first summer at the lab. At that point, the lab was so new that it was only made up of about 6 undergraduates and Daniela. We learned so much that summer about the behind the scenes research and bonded through PsychoPy struggles and interesting responses from PsychoPy Discourse. It was a summer full of learning and falling more in love with the human brain.

Leor Elizur, BAH Psychology

1)What did you study at UBC?
I completed an Honours BA in Psychology!
2) What are you passionate about? (or where do you want to take your career)
I am passionate about feminist and intersectional perspectives in psychology and how identity and oppression can affect mental health. I want to study the mental health experiences of sexual and racial minorities and work as a clinical practitioner.
3) What kind of research are you doing in the MI lab?
I have worn many hats in the MI lab! I started out by doing my 3rd-year thesis on the phenomenon of emotional generalization, specifically looking at how emotional experiences can affect memory and preference for related events that have no inherent emotional value themselves. After this, I worked on another project looking at memory for imagined emotional future events. Now, I am working as the lab manager!
4) What is one memory from your time at UBC that you would like to share?
Every Friday night honours seminar in 3rd-year. It helped me feel connected to the UBC community in my first year at UBC. We would all go to the Gallery afterward and it was such a wonderful tradition that we created for ourselves. I can definitely credit these Friday nights to developing some of the most meaningful friendships I have made during my time at UBC.