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Jennifer Heisz
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Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Associate Director (Seniors): Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)
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Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence at McMaster University. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (McMaster) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Dr. Heisz directs the NeuroFit Lab ( which is funded by the Alzheimer Society, Banting Foundation, Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Heisz's research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Recent honours include receiving an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. Follow Dr. Heisz on twitter @jenniferheisz.
Cognitive neuroscience of exercise; Memory and attention; Mental health; Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; Aging


Course Code
  Course Name
KINESIOL 2G03   Health Psychology
KINESIOL 4Y03   Cognitive Neuroscience of Exercise

Heisz, J.J., Gould, M., and McIntosh, A.R. (accepted). Age-related shift in neural complexity related to task performance and physical activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Clark, I.B., Vandermorris, S., Heisz, J.J. (accepted). Physical fitness and sociocognitive engagement are associated with different aspects of cognition in older adults. Journal of American Geriatric Society.

Heisz, J.J., Vandermorris, S., Zhengbo, W., McIntosh, A.R., and Ryan, J.D. (accepted). Age-dependent differences in the association of physical activity, sociocognitive engagement, and TV viewing on face memory. Health Psychology.

Heisz, J.J., Pottruff, M.M., and Shore, D.I. (in press). Females scan more than males: A potential mechanism for sex differences in face memory. Psychological Science.

Fenesi, B., Heisz, J.J., Savage, P., Shore, D.I., Kim, J.A. (in press). Combining best-practice and experimental approaches: Redundancy, images and misperceptions in multimedia learning. Journal of Experimental Education.

Heisz, J.J., and McIntosh, A.R. (in press). Applications of EEG neuroimaging data: Event-related potentials, spectral power, and multiscale entropy. Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Heisz, J.J., Shedden, J.M., and McIntosh, A.R. (2012). Relating brain signal variability to knowledge representation. NeuroImage. 3, 1384-1392.

Heisz, J.J., and Ryan, J.D. (2011). The effects of prior exposure on face processing in younger and older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 3:15. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2011.00015

Heisz, J.J., Hannah, S., Shedden, J.M., and Allan, L.G. (2011). Neural temporal dynamics of contingency judgment. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 792-806.

Watter, S., Heisz, J.J., Karle, J.W., Shedden, J.M., and Kiss, I. (2010). Modality-specific control processes in verbal versus spatial working memory. Brain Research, 1347: 90-103.

Heisz, J.J., and Shedden, J.M. (2009). Semantic learning modifies perceptual face processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 21: 1127-1134.

Brunet, P.M., Heisz, J.J., Mondloch, C.J., Shore, D.I., and Schmidt, L.A. (2009). Shyness and face scanning in children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23: 909-914. +Co-first author

Heisz, J.J., and Shore, D.I. (2008). More efficient scanning for familiar faces. Journal of Vision. 8(1), 1-10.

Kiss, I., Watter, S., Heisz, J.J., and Shedden, J.M. (2007). Control processes in verbal working memory: An event-related potential study. Brain Research, 1172: 67-81.

Heisz, J.J., Watter, S., and Shedden, J.M. (2006). Automatic face identity encoding at the N170. Vision Research, 46: 4604-4614.

Heisz, J.J., Watter, S., and Shedden, J.M. (2006). Progressive N170 habituation to unattended repeated faces. Vision Research, 46: 47-56.

Degree University Year
PostDoc Fellow Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest 2010-2013
PhD McMaster University 2010
BSc McMaster University 2004
Degree Name
Allison MIZZI
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