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Dr. Ron Borowsky PhD Professor

Cognition and Neuroscience

152 Arts Bldg., College of Arts and Science

About Me

My graduate training at the University of Waterloo and post-doctoral training at the University of Victoria concentrated on basic research issues in reading (i.e., the development of a multistage activation framework, and a distributed neural-network memory model of orthographic, phonological, and semantic processing during visual word recognition). Our lab focuses on the localization of language processes, and their interactions, broadly defined (e.g., basic reading, speech, perception, object identification, attentional, and embodiment processes), both from a temporal (reaction time and duration) and spatial (fMRI and neurosurgical patients) perspective. Much of our research explores the hypothesis of modularity of mind (a rather broad definition of the concept whereby mental processes can be broken down into common/shared and unique/modular networks). We also maintain a program of research that strives to bridge basic research on cognitive processing to neurosurgical applications for localizing brain functions prior to surgery.

My wife (Dr. Patti McDougall, Developmental Psychologist) and I moved to the UofS in 1995, and our son Braedy was born in 2000.  When we aren't working, we enjoy Netflix binges with our guard cat Lu, travelling to warm destinations in mid Saskatchewan winter, going to the movies... and some of us like to fish, ski, hike and play music!

Academic background and Appointments

  • 1985-1989: B.A. Hons. (UofS, supervisor: Jim Cheesman) 
  • 1989-1991: M.A. (U Waterloo, supervisor: Derek Besner)
  • 1991-1993: Ph.D. (U Waterloo, supervisor: Derek Besner)
  • 1993-1995: NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow (U Victoria, supervisor: Michael Masson) 
  • 1995-1999: Assistant Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience, Dept. of Psychology
  • 1999-2006: Associate Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience, Dept. of Psychology
  • 2006-present: Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Dept. of Psychology
  • 2007: Acting Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research
  • 2007-present: Associate Member in Neurosurgery, College of Medicine
  • NSERC Evaluation Group 1502: Biological Systems and Functions member 2010 - 2013
  • Co-Chair for NSERC Evaluation Group 1502: Biological Systems and Functions & Section Chair for Cognitive, 2013 - 2014,
  • 2015-2018: University Tri-Council Leader: NSERC, Office of the Vice President Research
  • NSERC Evaluation Group 1502: Biological Systems and Functions member 2017 - 2020

Courses taught at UofS

  • PSY 805.3 Statistics I: General Linear Models
  • PSY 838.3 Advanced Seminar In Language Processing: Localization of Language Processes
  • PSY 839.3 Advanced Seminar in Perception and Cognitive Processes (.5)
  • PSY 880.3 Seminar in Cognitive and Biological Foundations
  • PSY 898.3 Special Topics: e.g., Neuroimaging, Reading Processes
  • PSY 900 Cognition and Neuroscience Research Seminar (as Program Coordinator)
  • PSY 252.3 Perceptual Processes
  • PSY 256.3 Psychology of Language
  • PSY 352.6 Advanced Seminar in Perception and Cognition
  • PSY 355.3 Research in Advanced Cognitive Science
  • PSY 356.3 Advanced Cognitive Science Independent Research Projects
  • PSY 456.3 Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Science
  • PSY 472/473.6 BA Honours Thesis/BSc Honours Thesis

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Grant Support

Current Grant Support

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC (2013 - 2021) - Basic reading processes in mind and brain 

Previous Grant Support

  • NSERC (2008 - 2013)
  • NSERC (2003 - 2008)
  • NSERC (1999 - 2003)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC 1996 - 2000)

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