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Pelin Tan

BBCS (MSc 2)
Dr. D. Wilson

My name is Pelin Tan and I am a second year Master’s student in BBCS, specializing in cognitive psychology. Under the supervision of Dr. Daryl Wilson in the Attention Lab, I am developing a novel paradigm to investigate intentional forgetting.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology & Psychology with a Chemistry minor at Wilfrid Laurier University. For my undergraduate thesis, I studied the effects of a novel cannabinoid, O-2050, on binge-eating disorder using rodent models. I have also worked on a number of projects where I investigated the effects methadone, cocaine, and THC on eating behavior. During my undergraduate degree, I also worked as a part-time research assistant where I studied memory for perceptual details versus gist information in the directed forgetting paradigm and as a lab manager where I studied several tactile illusions such as the cutaneous rabbit illusion.

I began my Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Janet Menard but switched to cognitive psychology due to allergies to rodents. However, I am still involved in several projects in the animal research facility. I now work with Dr. Daryl Wilson in human memory control and forgetting. I am investigating a phenomenon called intentional forgetting, which is the act of voluntarily forgetting unwanted, irrelevant, and/or emotional information. My main goal is to develop a new paradigm that allows cognitive psychologists to differentiate between the theories of mechanisms behind intentional forgetting. I am also collaborating with researchers from the Memorial University of Newfoundland to examine a type of memory inhibition called part-list cuing. Lastly, I continue to work on several other intentional forgetting experiments with Dr. William Hockley at Wilfrid Laurier University, whom I worked for as a part-time research assistant during my undergrad. 

Aside from research, I am an executive memory of the Association of Graduate Students in Psychology (AGSIP) at Queen’s, and have a passion in backstage make-up design. I am currently the head TA for Development Psychology (PSYC251) and Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC203). I’ve also TA’d for Introductory Psychology (PSYC100), Laboratory in Attention (PSYC323), and Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC203).

I am happy to help with any questions regarding graduate school applications, how to get a research position, directed study courses, completing an undergraduate thesis, advice regarding courses, and how to manage your time to be successful in school while keeping up with extra-curricular/social life. I look forward to hearing from you!!

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