Caitlyn McColeman

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I came to the CSL from York University where I studied cognitive sciences for a specialized Honour’s Bachelor of Arts. I had the opportunity to learn quite a bit from a number of different fields, and I was excited to come to Simon Fraser University to further develop my knowledge of fields of specific interest. Cognitive psychology was particularly appealing right from the beginning of my studies, and as I learned a bit more I was excited to be part of the experimental process.  I spent some time at a number of wonderful laboratories at York University, and applied for graduate school to learn more psychology and pursue a career in research. I was thrilled to be invited to Simon Fraser University to do just that!

During the summer of 2010, I was employed as a research assistant in the CSL. During this time, I had the opportunity to learn how to program experiments and scripts for data analysis. There is a remarkably positive learning environment here, and having the chance to talk through my questions with super intelligent and supportive people helped me to learn how to program much quicker than I would have expected.

With some basic programming knowledge, and exposure to the literature that motivates many of the Cognitive Sciences Lab’s pursuits, I teamed up with a couple of colleagues to investigate the effect of imperfect feedback on category learning. We received positive reviews back from our conference submission to the Cognitive Science Society for July 2011, and follow up studies are presently underway.

Since September 2010, I have been enrolled as a Master’s student in the Cognitive & Biological Psychology program at SFU. During my first year, my interests have extended to some of our modeling work, in addition to the effect of probablistic environments on human learning. For more information regarding my publications please refer to my Research Gate page, thank you!

For fun, I dabble in sports (see image).