Our Team

Dr. Matthew S. Shane, CANdiLab Director

Dr. Matthew S. Shane uses behavioral, physiological and neuroimaging techniques to attempt to characterizing cognitive and emotional processes in healthy and clinical populations. Focused predominantly on antisocial populations, Dr. Shane’s current research focuses on the extent to which neural responses underlying emotional processes may be amenable to voluntary control. This work has helped characterize the neurocognitive capabilities of substance abusers and psychopathic individuals, and may hold relevance for other normative and clinical populations, including anxiety and ADHD. When he’s not directing the lab, he can be found walking his dog, sweating over Sudoku, or playing non-contact hockey.

Matthew Shane Director

CANdiLab Research Staff

 Ben Wasserott Research Assistant II

-coordinates day to day activities, and serves as primary contact for CANdiLab South @ MRN

CANdiLab Students

Rebecca Bloom Undergraduate Research Assistant
Rebecca Anne Bloom is currently a third year student double majoring in the Forensic Psychology and the Community Development and Policy Studies programs within the Social Science and Humanities Faculty at UOIT. Besides being a Research Assistant for Dr. Matthew Shane, she is proud be a Student Coordinator for Project S.S.H, a peer mentoring innovative unique to the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Rebecca hopes to pursue her interest in perspective taking at graduate school as well as in the area mental health.
Erika Gilbert Undergraduate Research Assistant
Erika Gilbert is currently in the third year of her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Erika is planning to attend graduate school and eventually earn her Phd and work as a Neuropsychologist. Erika is overjoyed to be working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Matthew Shane. Participating in developing studies, examining literature, running experiments, and being apart of an esteemed and hardworking team is something she thoroughly enjoys. Engaging in volunteer opportunities at UOIT is something Erika loves, which is represented by her positions as a Peer Mentor for the First Generation Project and research assistant at the university.


Post-doctoral Fellows

Nathan Arbuckle Ph.D Research Assistant
Nathan Arbuckle (PhD, The Ohio State University) is a postdoctoral researcher jointly at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (with Matthew Shane) and University of Toronto (with Wil Cunningham). He is interested in utilizing methods from social psychology, behavioral economics, and cognitive neuroscience to examine how and why people go beyond their own egocentric interests and display increased concern for others. His primary line of research examines empathic up-regulation capabilities in criminal offenders. Additional lines of research examine decisions in economic games when participants have no incentive to behave prosocially, as well as how emotional reactivity to music relates to basic intergroup cognition.


CANdiLab Collaborators

Hedwig Eisenbarth
Hedwig is a post-doctoral fellow in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab since December 2012. She did her PhD in clinical and biological psychology at the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) on emotional detachment in psychopathy, as assessed via self-report and emotion detection tasks. She has a clinical training in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Her research interests refer to the relationship between aggression, emotion processing, traumatic experiences, psychopathy and social behavior. Her current research focuses on emotion and pain processing and it’s relationship with individual differences, using behavioral, psychophysiological and self-report measures as well as fMRI.
Edward Bernat Assistant Professor University of Maryland
Dr. Bernat’s research focuses on brain mechanisms that underlie individual differences in cognitive and affective processing. This involves basic science work developing measures for critical mechanisms, and clinical-translational work assessing how these mechanisms relate to psychopathology and individual differences. Measures of psychopathology center on dimensional approaches, where a well-validated 2-factor model offers a parsimonious way to index core processes that span comorbid/co-occurring psychopathological problems (i.e. externalizing, including substance abuse and aggression, and internalizing, including anxiety and depression). Newly funded projects extend this work directly to clinical interventions, by investigating how these brain mechanisms change during substance dependence treatments in one project and anxiety/depression treatments in another. Physiological measures are focused on advanced EEG/MEG neuroimaging techniques in conjunction with measures of peripheral physiology (e.g. skin conductance, startle blink, heart rate, facial muscles, and eye tracking). New efforts are focused on the integration of these measurement domains with MRI/fMRI.