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  Jessica Robin
  PhD. Candidate,
University of Toronto (Present)
   
  MA., Psychology University of Toronto (2011)
  BA&Sc., Cognitive Science McGill University (2009)
   
  Email
  jessica.robin@utoronto.ca
   
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PERSONAL PROFILE
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I grew up in Ottawa and completed a Bachelor's of Arts and Science degree in Cognitive Science at McGill University in Montreal. Now, I’m a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying memory and the hippocampus. Outside of the lab, I love to cook, read, travel, cycle, run and watch live music.  

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RESEARCH INTERESTS
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My research focusses on how spatial memory interacts with autobiographical memory. In other words, how does where you are affect what you remember? We know that the hippocampus plays a special role in both spatial and episodic memory, but it’s not clear how much these types of memory rely on one another. How is memory affected by the location where it’s formed? Is spatial context needed in order to have a vivid episodic memory? Does the hippocampus’s role in representing space underlie its role in memory? In order to better understand the relationship between spatial and autobiographical memory, we study the behaviour and brain activity (using fMRI) of healthy young adults, aging populations, and individuals with brain damage leading to different types of memory loss. 

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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
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Robin, J., Lowe, M. X., Pishdadian, S., Rivest, J., Cant, J. S., & Moscovitch, M. (submitted). Selective scene perception deficits in a case of topographical disorientation.

Robin, J., & Moscovitch, M. (submitted). Familiar real-world spatial cues provide memory benefits in older and younger adults.

Ozubko, J., Robin, J., Grady, C., Rosenbaum, R.S., Winocur, G., & Moscovitch, M. (in revision). Google Your Noodle: Using Google Street View to investigate hippocampal-neocortical interactions during navigation along familiar and unfamiliar routes in real-world environments.

Robin, J., Wynn, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2016). The spatial scaffold: the effects of spatial context on memory for events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition.

Robin, J., Hirshhorn, M., Rosenbaum, R. S., Winocur, G., Moscovitch, M., & Grady, C.L. (2015). Functional connectivity of hippocampal and prefrontal networks during episodic and spatial memory based on real-world environments. Hippocampus, 25(1), 81-93.

Jiang, X., Paulmann, S., Robin, J., & Pell, M. (2015). More than accuracy: Nonverbal dialects modulate the time course of vocal emotion recognition across cultures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 41(3), 597-612.

Robin, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). The effects of spatial contextual familiarity on remembered scenes, episodic memories and imagined future events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 40(2), 459-475.

Pell, M., Robin, J., & Paulmann, S. (2012). How quickly do listeners recognize emotional prosody in their native versus a foreign language? Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody. Shanghai, China.

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PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS
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Robin, J., Rivest, J., Rosenbaum, S., & Moscovitch, M. (2016). Remote spatial and autobiographical memory in people with medial or posterior temporal lobe damage. Symposium talk delivered at the International Conference on Memory. Budapest, HU

Robin, J., Garzon, L., Pishdadian, S., & Moscovitch, M. (2016). Real-world spatial contextual cues elicit spontaneous retrieval of autobiographical and semantic memories depending on familiarity. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. New York, USA. *Poster selected for Graduate Student Award

Robin, J. (2016). Real-world spatial contexts cue spontaneous episodic and semantic memories depending on familiarity. Data blitz talk delivered at the Toronto Area Memory Group Spring Meeting. Toronto, CA.

Pishdadian, S., Robin, J., Lowe, M.X., Cant, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2016). Scene perception in older adults: changes in layout impair discriminations of texture. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference. Niagara Falls, CA.

Robin, J., Rivest, J., Rosenbaum, R.S., & Moscovitch, M. (2015). The relation between spatial and autobiographical memory in people with medial or posterior temporal lobe damage. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, USA.

*Robin, J., Rivest, J., Rosenbaum, R.S., & Moscovitch, M. (2015). The relation between spatial and autobiographical memory cued by remotely-known locations in people with medial temporal lobe damage. Poster presented at the Rotman Research Institute Conference. Toronto, CA.
*poster selected for moderated poster session

Robin, J. (2015). Spontaneous memory retrieval in response to real-world spatial contextual cues. Data blitz talk delivered at the Context and Episodic Memory Symposium. Philadelphia, USA.

Robin, J., *Garzon, L., & Moscovitch, M. (2015). The effects of real-world landmark familiarity on involuntary episodic memory. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference. Niagara Falls, CA.
*undergraduate thesis student supervised by J. Robin

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*Ma, B., Robin, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). Memory for imagination: effects of spatial contextual familiarity on memory for imagined events. Poster presented at the Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference. Kingston, CA.
*undergraduate thesis student supervised by J. Robin

Robin, J., Rivest, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). Characterizing autobiographical and spatial memory in a case of topographical disorientation. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. Boston, USA.

Ozubko, J., Robin, J., Grady, C., Rosenbaum, R.S., Winocur, G., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). The road less traveled (vs. The road more traveled): hippocampal contributions to remote spatial memory during virtual navigation. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. Boston, USA.

Robin, J., Rivest, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). Maps vs. Scenes: Dissociations in spatial memory in a case of topographical disorientation. Poster presented at the Rotman Research Institute Conference. Toronto, CA.

Ozubko, J., Robin, J., Rosenbaum, R.S., Grady, C., Winocur, G., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). Google your noodle: the hippocampus and remote spatial memory while navigating in virtual real world environments. Poster presented at the Rotman Research Institute Conference. Toronto, CA.

Robin, J., Wynn, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2013). Investigating the effects of cue familiarity and modality on imagined and remembered events. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting. Toronto, CA.

Robin, J., Wynn, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2013). Age-related changes in autobiographical memory, future-imagination and memory for scenes based on real-world landmark cues. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, USA.

Robin, J., Hirshhorn, M., Moscovitch, M., Rosenbaum, R. S., Winocur, G., & Grady, C. (2012). Common and distinct hippocampal connectivity during retrieval of memory for episodes and spatial locations to landmark cues of a real world environment. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. New Orleans, USA.

Robin, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2012). The effects of cue familiarity on episodic memory, scene construction, and imagining the future. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychology Society Annual Meeting. Montreal, CA.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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Teaching Assistant (University of Toronto)

Courses include:

PSY100, Intro to Psychology 

PSY 201, Introduction to Statistics I

PSY 202, Introduction to Statistics II

JLP374: Psychology of Language 

PSY230: Intro to Personality

PSY305: Treatment of Psychological Data

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AWARDS
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2015-2016: Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2013-2015: NSERC PGS-D

2014-2015: Max and Ruth Wiseman Graduate Student Fellowship  (Baycrest Hospital)

2014: Fellow of the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

2013: Ontario Research Coalition Early Researcher Award

2011-2012: NSERC CGS-M

2011: Men's Service Group Student Fellowship (Baycrest Hospital)

2009: NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award

2005-2009: J.W. McConnell Scholarship (McGill University)


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RELEVANT INFORMATION
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2014-2016: Department of Psychology Ethics Review Committee Coordinator, University of Toronto

2012-2016: PSY100 Subject Pool Coordinator, University of Toronto

2012-2013: PSY100 Subject Pool Coordinator, University of Toronto.

2009-2010: Lab Manager for the McGill Infant Development Centre,
supervised by Dr. K. Onishi

2009: Research Assistant for Dr. Marc Pell, McGill University

2009: Research Assistant for Dr. Christopher Barrett, McGill University

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Languages: English, French  
Citizenship: Canadian  
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