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Graduate Student
Started in 2013

Email: mmaltsev<at>uwo.ca

Education:

M.Sc. Student in Psychology (Behaviour and Cognition) (2013-Present)
University of Western Ontario
London, ON, Canada

B.Sc. in Psychology (2013)
Trent University
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Research Interests:

Generally, my interests lie in the field of cognitive neuroscience that explores vision, action, visuo-motor control, perception and action in the peripersonal and extrapersonal spaces, modification of the boundaries of these personal spaces, and relating such processes to neuroplasticity and other neural events.

My Masters research will explore how people’s knowledge about the size of everyday objects influences their interaction with these objects. We will manipulate the size of familiar objects by making them either very small or very large using a 3D printer, and then measure how quickly people recognize normal-sized and distorted objects, and how accurately they estimate the size and the distance of these objects. The novelty of my research is that (1) we will use actual objects and not just pictures of objects, and (2) the objects will be presented in different sizes, one of which is their real physical size. 
One of my biggest goals in graduate school is to learn brain-imaging techniques. And so the next step after the behavioural research on familiar-size effect will be to explore brain activity when people recognize and grasp familiar objects of normal and distorted sizes using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging).