About us

Lab Photo – 2019:  From left to right: Top: Emily Nielsen (PhD Student), Tim Qiu (independent study), Bailey Brashears (PhD student), Toka Zhu (PhD student). Bottom: Dr. John Paul Minda (lab director), Jodi Williams (independent study), Elyse Cater (honours student), Ana Ruiz Pardo (PhD student), Chelsea McKenzie (RA), Joshua Hatherley (PhD student), Marwan Syed (honours student). Not Pictured: Kira-Forman Tran (honours student), Alyssa Thibeault (honours student)

The Minda Lab is part of the Department of Psychology and the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario. Our research seeks to understand how people learn about categories and concepts and how conceptual structure influences thinking and decision making. The lab is headed by Dr. John Paul Minda and consists of graduate students, honours students, and research assistants.

Our lab is funded by NSERC, SSHRC, and by Mitacs.

Dr. Minda is not accepting applications for new graduate students for the 2021-2022 year. If you are interested in graduate studies at Western in Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Neuroscience, check out the Research and Opportunities page more information.