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PNB Research Seminar - Donna Rose Addis - Remembering and Imagining in Depression



Donna Rose Addis
University of Toronto

Remembering and Imagining in Depression

The tendency to generate overgeneral past or future events is characteristic of individuals with depression. While the majority of research has focused on the contribution of rumination and avoidance to this overgenerality, I will discuss my recent studies examining the role of executive functions and neural changes in this phenomenon, as well as evidence suggesting that imagining the future is particularly vulnerable to disruption in depression. 

Biographical Information:
Dr Donna Rose Addis
Canada 150 Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory & Aging Rotman Senior Scientist, Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences
Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto
Honorary Professor of Psychology, The University of Auckland

Donna Rose Addis is a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences. Since completing her PhD at the University of Toronto as a Commonwealth Scholar, she did postdoctoral research at Harvard University and then spent a decade in her homeland of New Zealand as faculty at The University of Auckland. Coming full circle, she moved back to Toronto in 2018 to take up one of 24 prestigious Canada 150 Research Chairs – hers focusing on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory & Aging. 

Her research uses neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to understand how we remember our pasts, imagine our futures, and construct a sense of self, and how these abilities change with age, dementia and depression. She has supervised over 50 trainees, has 100 publications and 15,000 citations, and has secured $6 million in research funding as PI. These achievements have been recognised with a number of awards, including early career awards from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the Association for Psychological Science, as well as the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Emerging Scientist Prize. She is the youngest-ever fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, elected at the age of 38.

Host: Margaret McKinnon

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