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Meet the lab!

Principal Investigator

The lamp lab is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Wammes. Jeff received his B.A. from Western University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Waterloo. He then moved on to complete an NSERC and a Banting SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. He joined the faculty at Queen's University in 2020, in the Department of Psychology and Centre for Neuroscience Studies.

Graduate Students

Recruiting for Fall 2023

Shaela Jalava
5th yr Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience

Shae completed her B.A. at the University of Calgary and her M.A. at Carleton University, specializing in eyewitness memory. She is interested in how memory is impacted during periods of mind wandering and the potential consequences of such attention lapses on memory quality.

Hala Rahman
2nd yr MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience

I graduated from McMaster University with a B.Sc. in Life Science, and minor in Psychology. I am interested in studying mind wandering, specifically the impact of mind wandering on learning, and looking for objectives measures of mindwandering. In my spare time, I like to play with my cat, hike, and listen to the RHCP.

Keanna Rowchan
2nd yr MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience

Hello! My research interests center around using fMRI as a tool to better understand the behavioural, and neural mechanisms underlying different learning tasks. Outside of the lab, I like to paint, play pickle ball and go to coffee shops.

Tasha Ignatius
1st yr MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience
* cosupervised by
Dr. Gerome Manson (Kin)

Tasha's research focuses on associations between memory and movement. Specifically, she is interested in the motor component of drawing and how that plays a role in the improvement of memory performance we see when using drawing as a memory aid. Outside of the lab Tasha enjoys using art as a way to express herself and make a difference by participating in markets that promote sustainable fashion. On a sunny day you can find her reading in a hammock, playing a game of soccer or rock climbing with friends.

Silvia Shiwei Zhou (she/her)
1st yr MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience

Hello! I am interested in understanding how memory and attention intricately intertwine to shape one’s learning outcomes. An important tool I use in my research is experience sampling, which enables the identification and analysis of shared patterns of thought across cognitive processes. Outside of the lab, I enjoy taking care of my plants, and anything arts & crafts!

Undergraduate Students

Interested in getting involved?

Megan Lam
4th yr, Psychology BAH major

Megan is completing her thesis this year in the lab, looking at the relationship between neurotransmitter activity and learning. She is interested in memory and mind wandering research.

Emmelie Mohammed
4th yr, Psychology, BScH major

Emmelie is working in the LAMP lab as a thesis student, exploring how changes in the brain correspond to drawing features overtime. Her research interests include memory, sleep, and mind wandering.

Aidan Taylor
3rd yr, Psychology, BSc

Aidan joined the lamp lab as directed research student to explore his interest in cognitive psychology. His research will be focused on exploring the existence of distinct clustering mechanisms within our memory for written and drawn stimuli.

Research Support Staff

Natasha Saccon
Research Assistant / Lab manager

Natasha recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.A.H. in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. She has now joined the lamp lab to continue her research interests in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Outside of the lab Natasha enjoys listening to music, cooking, and practicing meditation!

Calista Beacom
Research Assistant



Graduate Students
Youssef Ali (MSc 2022)
Undergraduate Thesis Students
Gabriel Elias (2020-2021)
Selena Breithaupt (2020-2021)
Keanna Rowchan (2021-2022)
Silvia Zhou (2021-2022)
Avalon Nisenbaum (2022-2023)
Tasha Ignatius (2022-2023)
Research Support Staff
Gary Guo (2020-2022)
Majid Babaei (2020-2022)