Honours Thesis Students

Jahnavi Jagtiani

Jahnavi is a 5th year Neuroscience and Psychology major with minor in Biology and Chemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a passion for learning with her preferences rooted in cognitive neuroscience, perception psychology, and behavioural neuroscience. She will be writing her thesis with Dr. Scheerer and PhD student Zehra Sasal this year and she seeks to learn more about sensory perception in autistic adults while assisting in the lab. Her dream for the future is to become a doctor and to perform research.

Research interests: cognitive neuroscience, perception psychology, and behavioural neuroscience.

Natasha Sokolon

Natasha is an intellectually curious and ambitious individual, with a keen interest in the intricacies of the human mind. Natasha’s academic background in Psychology and Neuroscience has provided her with a solid foundation in understanding the complexities of human behaviour and cognitive processes. Natasha’s passion for research, particularly in the realm of autism and other neurotypical disorders, has led her to delve deeper into the intricacies of communication and learning processes in children. Natasha is a dedicated and hardworking individual, always eager to expand her knowledge and contribute to the field!

Rita Bishai

Rita is an undergraduate researcher currently working on her thesis on vocal motor control and variability. Having been awarded the NSERC USRA in the summer of 2023, her research projects are focused on the intersection of neuroscience and behavior. Rita's future goals include pursuing graduate studies in cognitive neuroscience, with the intention of dissecting the neural underpinnings of intricate cognitive processes.

Research interests: Neurodevelopmental disorders, attention, speech, sensory sensitivities, vocal motor control, motor planning, and gender differences is diagnosis and presentation of ADHD and autism

Sydney Austin

Sydney is an undergraduate student currently working towards an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in research. Funded with an NSERC USRA, her undergraduate thesis is supervised by Dr. Nichole Scheerer and focuses on the role of trait anxiety on motor control. Sydney's future goal is to pursue clinical psychology in graduate school.

Research interests: Autism and diagnosis, gait and balance in autism, trait anxiety and motor control, virtual reality, dissociative symptoms and experiences, autism and co-occurring mental health challenges.