Marie Arsalidou

Adjunct Faculty

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2008
York University

MA - 2003
York University

BSc - 2001
Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

Arsalidou, M., Duerden, E., & Taylor, M.J. (2013). The center of the brain: Topographical model of the motor, cognitive, affective and somatosensory functions of the basal ganglia.  Human Brain Mapping, 34, 3031-3054. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.22124

Duerden, E., Arsalidou, M., Lee M., & Taylor, M.J. (2013). Lateralization of affective processes in the insula. NeuroImage. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.04.014.

Arsalidou, M. (2013). Working memory capacity: The need for process task-analysis. Frontiers in Psychology 4, 257. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00257.

Arsalidou, M., Pascual-Leone, J., Johnson, J., Morris, D. & Taylor, M. J. (2013). A balancing act of the brain: Activations and deactivations as a function of cognitive load.  Brain and Behavior. DOI: 10.1002/brb3.128.

Arsalidou, M., Agostino, A., Maxwell, S., & Taylor, M.J., (2013) “I can read these colours.” Orthographic manipulations and the development of the colour-word Stroop.  Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 594.

Arsalidou, M., Barbeau E. J., Bayless, S. J., & Taylor, M. J. (2012). Our own face versus your partner’s face: Neural differentiations. In N. Payette, & B. Hardy-Vallee (Eds.), Connected Minds: Cognition and Interaction in the Social World (2-15). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Arsalidou, M., Morris, D., & Taylor, M.J. (2011). Converging evidence on the advantage of dynamic facial expressions. Brain Topography, 24, 149-163.

Arsalidou, M., & Taylor, M.J. (2011). Is 2 + 2 = 4? Meta-analyses of brain areas needed for numbers and calculations. NeuroImage 54, 2382-2393.

Arsalidou, M., Pascual-Leone, J., & Johnson, J. (2010).  Misleading cues improve developmental assessment of working memory capacity: The colour matching tasks. Cognitive Development 25, 262-277.

Arsalidou, M., Barbeau E. J., Bayless, S. J., & Taylor, M. J. (2010). Brain responses differ to faces of mothers and fathers. Brain and Cognition, 74(1), 47-51.

Taylor, M. J., Arsalidou, M., Morris, D., Bayless, S. J., Evans, J., & Barbeau, E. J. (2009). Neural correlates of personally familiar faces: parents, partner and own faces. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 2008-2020.


Currently available to supervise graduate students:

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Current Research

It is well known that children’s cognitive abilities improve with age; the question is by how much and when.  I believe quantitative methodology can provide new insides with which to study these questions.  My research focuses primarily on understanding the development and neural underpinnings of working memory capacity and how it relates to visual-spatial, verbal and mathematical cognition.  I use behavioural, neuroimaging and meta-analytical methods to tackle pertinent questions on cognitive development.  My ultimate goal is to develop psychological and neuroimaging models to be used in assessment and treatment of individuals with WM difficulties.