Cognition, Aging, and Psychophysiology (CAP) Lab

Dr. Natalie Phillips
Department of Psychology, Concordia University.


My current research programs examine:

  1. the interaction between sensory/perceptual factors (e.g., hearing and visual status) on language processing:
    1. the influence of working memory, inhibitory control, and perceptual variables on language processing in younger and older adults ( Frtusova, Winneke & Phillips, 2013);
    2. audio-visual speech perception in younger and older adults, and in patients with Alzheimer disease and mild cognitive impairment;

  2. the impact of bilingualism/multilingualism on cognitive and brain function, including
    1. language processing and executive control in younger and older adults (Chauvin & Phillips, 2015; Kousaie & Phillips, 2011a; Kousaie & Phillips, 2011b; Kousaie & Phillips, 2012);
    2. measures of cortical thickness in patients with MCI and AD (Duncan et al., 2015);

  3. EEG measures of functional coherence to examine executive function in younger and older adults and in patients with or at risk for dementia (Johns et al., 2012);

  4. continued development of and research involving the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA; Nasredine et al., 2005; Julayanont et al., 2014);

I am also pleased to be involved in the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). First, I am serving as the academic lead in the development and implementation of the neuropsychology battery. Second, I lead Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) - Team 17: Interventions at the Sensory and Cognitive Interface, which examines how hearing, vision, and cognitive decline interact in persons with dementia. Click here to see a video describing our team’s research.