Lindsay Plater

Lindsay Plater

Research Area: 
Vision, memory, attention
Summary: 

I investigate how human memory and attention affect perception. Our basic research may lead to applied research in an effort to assist individuals who wish to improve their memory

Profile

Program(s)

Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Psychology with a Collaborative Neuroscience option 

How my Research will Improve Life...

For my research at the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, I investigate how human memory and attention affect perception. Our basic research may lead to applied research in an effort to assist individuals who wish to improve their memory

Why I Chose Guelph… 

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and I knew Cognitive Neuroscience was the right choice for me. The University of Guelph had a program that just felt right; the curriculum is very research-oriented, class sizes are small, and the campus has that close-knit, small-town feel that I am familiar with. 

About My Advisor… 

My academic relationship with my advisor has been a very positive one! Once you get past the intimidating feeling of being new, things get a lot easier. We had meetings once a week during my first semester at the University of Guelph, which worked very well to help me adjust. Now we meet less frequently, but he is always just an e-mail away if I need anything. 

About the City of Guelph… 

I love the small-town feel mixed with the amenities of a larger city. There are many quaint places to eat, there are board game, video game, and kitty cafés (that’s right – kittens and coffee!) and you can go kayaking along the river that runs through town. The city is beautiful, and I love that there are a lot of vintage clothing stores! 

Being a Graduate Student at Guelph… 

Being a graduate student at the University of Guelph is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding. My schedule is even more flexible now than when I was an undergraduate student, which is very important because you have to make time for everything. There are classes and seminars, research, meetings, Teaching Assistantship(s), mentoring, and readings happening constantly. If you plan things well, you can get involved on campus or have a social life, too! 

My Future Plans… 

Once I complete my Master's degree, I plan to continue to a Doctoral degree. The University of Guelph has helped me along the way by being very research-oriented, as the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science stream is very research heavy for a PhD. 

About My Program… 

For my program, it is very research-oriented, which means it is lighter on coursework so you can focus on research. Professors have their own lab space, where students are encouraged to go to do work and ask each other for assistance. This is so helpful! 

About Financial Support… 

I was awarded NSERC funding, and my department offers a top-up scholarship so recipients can focus on research.