John Anderson


I received my Ph.D. from University of Toronto where I focused on using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to understand how circadian rhythms affect the neural correlates cognitive control across the lifespan.  Currently, I am interested in examining cognitive reserve in older bilinguals. Cognitive reserve describes the phenomenon whereby an individual may have normal cognition in the face of advanced brain atrophy - normally only seen in mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's. I will be investigating this phenomenon in the bilingual brain with a variety of methods including: fMRI, DTI, behavioural and neuropsychological assessments. This research will help us understand the neural substrates of cognitive reserve in older bilinguals which should allow us to foster training programs to help delay the advance of MCI and Alzheimer's in the elderly.


Ph.D, University of Toronto, 2015