Faculty

Assistant Professor

Jen Heisz

Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E206
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 21944
E-mail: heiszjj@mcmaster.ca
Lab: neurofitlab.ca

 

Research

Research

My research program examines the interplay between brain and body fitness in the promotion of health. I use brain imaging methods to explore how neural network dynamics are affected by physical exercise and cognitive interventions for young adults, healthy older adults, and older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).   A key question is whether cognitive-physical interventions target a particular cognitive ability or generalize to everyday functioning. This work leads to two important clinical applications: (1) to establish neural biomarkers as screening protocols for the early detection of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; and (2) to understand how lifestyle choices such as exercise can be used for disease prevention.

 

Publications

Publications

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.

 

Education

Education

 

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

Grad Students

Grad Students

 

Degree Name    
MSc Hanna Fang    
  Ana Kovacevic    
  Kristen Lucibello    
  Michelle Ogrodnick    
  Emily Paolucci    

 

Teaching

Teaching

Undergraduate

Kinesiol 2G03 - Health Psychology

Kinesiol 4Y03 - Cognitive Neuroscience of Exercise

Contact Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology is located in the Ivor Wynne Centre (IWC) and IWC East Building, on the northeast side of the university's central campus.
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