PROFILE: Amanda Easson, (PhD 2)

Where are you from and how did you end up in U of T Psychology?
I grew up in Markham, Ontario, and completed Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University, where I discovered my love for cognitive neuroscience and research in general. I was drawn to U of T because of its high research calibre and opportunities to study autism using neuroimaging.

Whose lab are you in and what are you studying?
I am in Dr. Randy McIntosh’s lab. I study intrinsic brain dynamics in individuals with autism spectrum disorder using structural and functional neuroimaging and computational modeling.

What do you currently want to know more about? Or what is a skill you would like to develop?
I am always looking to improve my programming skills, especially in Python, MATLAB, and R.

Last non-non-fiction book you read?
Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain, by Antonio Damasio.

If not this, what would you be doing with your life?
Good question – I have no idea 🙂 .

Advice for potential graduate students?
Stay positive and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Want to get in touch with Amanda? She can be reached at: amanda.easson <at>

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