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Meera Paleja, PhD, Psychology
Meera’s dissertation, Neural networks involved in spatial and temporal pattern separation, provides new direction and perspective into our current understanding of how different regions of the brain interact to support memory formation. Her research may be used to further examine the nature of memory impairment in clinical populations, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease.
"There’s a buzz around the new psychological science program and the research that’s happening in the brain imaging and memory lab."
There’s a buzz around the new psychological science program and the research that’s happening in the brain imaging and memory lab. The research culture is very open and students are encouraged to pursue a diverse range of research opportunities.
Advice for successfully defending a PhD thesis?
Focus on one thing at a time. To prepare, try to anticipate all the questions that may be asked by your examination committee. I kept a notebook for months to jot down potential questions. Immediately before the presentation, I actually felt quite relaxed. I felt that I had done all I could do to prepare, and had practised the presentation enough to be completely comfortable.
Where Ryerson lead her next:
A post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute.