Williams' Research Interests
I study simple forms of learning. The aim of this research is understand the specialized processes that allow humans and other intelligent creatures to learn from experience. Human participants in our experiments learn a specified set of cue-outcome relations and then make predictions about possible outcomes with novel combinations of cues. Experiments in well-characterized conditioning preparations explore the nature and content of associative learning in rats. Both lines of research are supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC).
Research Opportunities for Undergraduates:
The success of my research program depends on volunteer and paid research assistants. Over the years, a number of students have made a successful application for an undergraduate student research award (USRA). These awards provide qualified students with full-time research experience in a natural sciences laboratory during the summer months. Further information on this program can be obtained from NSERC (see link below).
Past USRA Students: Kerry Sagness, Genny Docking (twice), Ken Johns, Dan Braker, Jennifer Hurlburt, Christy Vogen, Tracy Poworosnyk, Jane Orihel, Jamie Dumont (twice), Amber Mather, Chrissy Chubala (twice), Travis Todd, Charelle O'Dunn-Orto, Cory Kowal, Stephanie Dudock
Past Thesis Students: Kerry Sagness, Genny Docking, Ken Johns, Jake Klassen, Ruth-Ann Soodeen, Carla Sly, Ryan Anderson, Dan Braker, Jennifer Hurlburt, Cathryn Romaniuk, Sandra Dyal, Christy Vogen, Nancy Goncalves, Jamie Dumont, Maricela Rambally, Sharon Martin, Irina Dynnik, Jennifer Gawel, Dallas Reimer, Mirna Brindas, Carla Lawson, Ray Yeun, Rachel Cook, Heather MacKenzie, April Lussier, Katherine McMillan, Rhianna Wall, Kristen Wright, Chrissy Chubala, Bing Ye, Mickey Stein, Jennifer Chuchmuch
Research Opportunities for Graduate/Postdoctoral Students:
After graduation, Jake Klassen and Ken Johns continued their studies at the University of Manitoba. They collected data for their Masters' theses in the laboratory. Dr. Rick Mehta, a postdoctoral fellow, was a member of the laboratory from 2000-2002. He is now a professor at Acadia University.
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