Areas of Study

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Developmental Psychology

Research Topics

  • Action and perception interactions during learning
  • Development of object recognition
  • Reading acquisition

Dr. James' overall research questions center around the idea that learning about objects in the world is shaped and changed by the way humans interact with the world through their bodies. More specifically, self-generated actions create learning episodes that in turn shape cognition - what we do determines how we learn. She is investigating how action affects learning in many domains including: object recognition, language learning, reading, and mathematical understanding, using several behavioral methods for assessing learning outcomes and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging for investigating the brain mechanisms involved in different types of learning in both children and adults.

Dr. James' research program is devoted to studying the neural correlates of learning in humans. In general, how motor experience can influence visual recognition in both adults and children, and how the brain changes in response to specific experiences.

Subject Areas

  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Psychology
PhD, Western University, Psychology, 2001
MA, Western University, Psychology, 1998
BS, University of Toronto, Psychology, 1996
BA, University of Toronto, History, 1991