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  Iva Kristl Brunec
  PhD. Candidate, Graduate Student
University of Toronto (Present)
   
  M.A. Psychology University of Toronto (2015)
  Honours BSc. Psychology University College of London (2014)
 
   
  Email:
  iva.kristlbrunec@mail.utoronto.ca
   
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PERSONAL PROFILE
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Before moving to Toronto, I completed my BSc in psychology at University College London, UK. At UCL, my research focused on spatial navigation and memory, motivated by my curiosity in how we remember events as we navigate in our everyday lives. This sparked my interest in the dimension of time and how its representation on the neural level might be incorporated into our memories. With Dr Morris Moscovitch and Dr Morgan Barense as my co-supervisors, I aim to tackle the tangle of time and space in the brain.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS
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Im interested in understanding how time is represented by the hippocampus, and how this representation might interact with the neural mechanisms supporting spatial information, as the dimensions of time and space have been posited to underlie the organization of our episodic memory. In order to parse our memories into independent traces, we must have some representation of where and when an event occurred, and how long it lasted. Research in the field has focused on the domain of space, where hippocampal involvement is well-documented, yet we know relatively little about how we encode information about time. Using a variety of behavioural and neuroimaging approaches in different populations, I aim to explore the neural underpinnings of spatiotemporal context in trying to understand how it breaks down in memory disorders such as dementia.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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Teaching assistant (University of Toronto):

PSY100: Intro to Psychology (Fall 2014)

PSY270: Intro to Cognitive Psychology (Winter 2015)

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AWARDS
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2015: Mynne and Harold Soupcoff Fellowship (awarded by the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest)

2011-2014: Undergraduate Zois Merit Scholarship

2013: Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship

2007-2011: Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund Merit Scholarship

 
RELEVANT INFORMATION
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2012-2014: Research Assistant for Dr Hugo Spiers, Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, University College London

2014: Research Assistant, Science Museum (London, UK) for Dr Magda Osman, Queen Mary, University of London

2011-2012: Research Assistant in the School Transition and Adjustment Research Study (STARS) for Dr Frances Rice, University College London

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Languages: English,French, Slovenian  
Citizenship: Slovenian  
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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
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Brunec, I. K., Chadwick, M. J., Javadi, A. H., Guo, L., Malcolm, C. P., & Spiers, H. J. (2015). Chronologically organised structure in autobiographical memory search. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(338).

Javadi, A. H., Brunec, I. K., Walsh, V., Penny, W. D., & Spiers, H. J. (2014). Transcranial electrical brain stimulation modulates neuronal tuning curves in perception of numerosity and duration. NeuroImage, 102, 451-457.

Manuscripts in preparation:
Brunec, I. K., Javadi, A. H., & Spiers, H. J. (in preparation). Cognitive biases in memory for temporal and spatial information.

Brunec, I. K., & Spiers, H. J. (in preparation). Goal visibility and proximity influence real world distance and travel time estimates.

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ABSTRACTS & POSTERS
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Brunec, I. K., Ozubko, J. D., Moscovitch, M., & Barense, M. D. (2015, February). Memory for temporal information during spatial navigation. Poster presented at the 2015 Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment conference, Niagara Falls, ON.

Brunec, I. K., Javadi, A. H., & Spiers, H. J. (2014, September). How long did it take you to get here? Time estimation in virtual reality navigation. Talk delivered at Ebbinghaus Empire data blitz, University of Toronto, ON.

Brunec, I.K., Javadi, A. H., & Spiers, H. J. (2014, March). Why we arrive late: Characterization of cognitive biases in time estimation. Presented at the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences undergraduate conference, University College London, London, UK.

COMING SOON !!!

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