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May

  • Mark Vida publishes a paper in Vision Research in Vision Research on changes during childhood in the turning of the brain to head orientation.

March 2014

  • Daphne Maurer and Bernard Ho give a talk on music visualization at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and Daphne Maurer gives a talk about synaesthesia and education.
  • Daphne Maurer presents a talk on what synaesthesia teaches us about development at the University of Toronto

February

  • Daphne Maurer publishes a paper with Janet Werker in Developmental Psychobiology comparing perceptual narrowing for faces versus speech. It appears in a special issue of Developmental Psychobiology on perceptual narrowing, edited by Daphne Maurer.

January 2014

  • Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko publishes a paper in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology on the effect of going to a single-sex school on judgments of attractiveness.
  • Adélaïde de Heering publishes a paper in the Developmental Psychology documenting deficits in face memory in patients treated for bilateral congenital cataract.

December 2013

  • Daphne Maurer publishes a chapter on synaesthesia in infants and young children in the Oxford Handbook on Synaesthesia .
  • Xiaoqing Gao publishes a paper in Frontiers in Psychology on individual differences in sensitivity to facial expressions in adults who vary in shyness.
  • Yi-Chuan Chen gives talks at National Cheng-Chi University (Taiwan) and National Taiwan University on the development of multisensory perception.
  • Ferrinne Spector publishes a paper in i-Perception on toddlers' mapping of vowels to rounded versus angular shapes.

November 2013

  • Mark Vida gives talks about the development of sensitivity to eye gaze at the University of Western Ontario and Carnegie-Mellon.
  • Mark Vida publishes a paper in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology on the influence of voice cues on children's sensitivity to eye gaze.

September 2013

  • Xiaoqing Gao publishes a paper in Frontiers in Psychology on the effects of early visual deprivation on the development of sensitivity to facial expressions.

August 2013

August 2013
  • Adélaïde de Heering publishes a paper in Perception showing that adults extend holistic processing to unnatural faces.
  • Mark Vida presents a poster at the European Conference on Visual Perception on developmental changes in the spatial scale of the information used to decode the orientation of faces.
  • Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko begins a post-doctoral fellowship at York University on the perception and execution of dance in typical adults and adults with Parkinson's.
  • Daphne Maurer gives a talk at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology on developmental changes in visual plasticity.

June 2013

  • Michael Slugocki presents a poster on figure/ground segregation at the meeting of the International Child Vision Society at the University of Waterloo. At the same conference Terri Lewis presents a paper on the development of sensitivity to motion.Daphne Maurer gives a keynote address on critical periods.
  • Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis.
  • Yi-Chuan Chen, Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko, Mark Vida, and Michael Slugocki present posters at the meeting of the Centre for Vision Research on the development of audiovisual integration, attractiveness, head orienation, and figure/ground segregation, respectively.
  • Daphne Maurer gives a talk on critical periods and adult visual plasticity at the Canada-Israel Symposium on Brain Plasticity, Learning, and Education at the University of Western Ontario.

May 2013

  • Julian Ghloum wins third price in the graduate student 3-minute speech contest for his presentation on synaesthesia.
  • Michael Slugocki presents a poster at the meeting of the Vision Science Society on children's perception of figure/ground. At the same conference Mark Vida presents a poster on head orientation, and Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko presents a poster on the development of sensitivity to attractiveness. That poster wins the award for the best student poster at the conference.
  • Julian Ghloum and Laura Gibson present a paper on altered perceptual narrowing at the meeting of the American Synesthesia Association in Toronto, and Daphne Maurer leads a panel on educational implications.
  • Laura Gibson gives a talk on synaesthesia at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
  • Mark Vida publishes a paper in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders sensitivity to facial expressions and eye contact in high-functioning adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko publishes a paper in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology on developmental changes in the influence of averageness on perceptions of attractiveness.
  • Adélaïde de Heering publishes a paper in Vision Research on the influence of spatial frequency filtering on perceptual learning of inverted faces.
  • Daphne Maurer gives a talk on critical period at the University of ParisV/Descartes.

April 2013

  • Laura Gibson presents a poster at the meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society on adults' association of numbers with space.
  • At the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Laura Gibson presents a poster on children's associations of ordinal sequences with left-to-right spatial locations. Mark Vida presents two posters at the same meeting, one on the influence of vocal cues on sensitivity to the direction of gaze, and another on alterations in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yi-Chuan Chen also presents two posters, both on infants' crossmodal integration, and Daphne Maurer presents two papers, one on critical periods and one on the development of face processing.
  • Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko publishes a paper in Perception on developmental changes in the influence of bilateral symmetry on judgments of facial attractiveness.
  • Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in the International Journal of Behavioural Development on the effects of early visual deprivation on infants' ability to detect faces.
  • Terri Lewis presents a paper in a workshop on new concepts of visual cortical plasticity at the meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus.
  • Daphne Maurer and Terri Lewis publish two review chapters on sensitive periods in visual development, for the Oxford Handbook of Developmental Psychology and for Plasticity in Sensory Systems , published by Cambridge.

February 2013

  • Daphne Maurer presents pediatric ophthalmology rounds at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, on learning to see faces.
  • Daphne Maurer presents a talk at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on the plasticity of the visual brain in adults.

January 2013

  • Yi-Chuan Chen gives talks at McMaster University, China Medical University (Taiwan), and National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan) on multisensory perception in adults and infants.
  • Daphne Maurer gives a talk at Stanford on critical periods re-examined.

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