About us

Lab Photo – 2017
  From left to right: Top: Emily Nielsen (PhD student), Lauren Martyn (independent study), Bryan Grant (PhD student), Joshua Hatherley (PhD student) 
Bottom: Dr. John Paul Minda (lab director), Taylor Goodfield (honours project), Bryn Davis (honours student), Tianshu Zhu (MSc student), Bailey Brashears (MSc student), Sophie Wharmby (honours student) Ana Ruiz Pardo (PhD student), Missing: Amanda Lien (lab manager/RA).

The Categorization 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 a postdoctoral fellow, several graduate students, honours students, and research assistants.

Our lab is funded by NSERC, SSHRC, and by Mitacs. Our lab also has several active collaborations with the faculty in the Ivey Business School and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Categorization Lab is not accepting applications for new graduate students for the 2018-19 year. If you are interested in graduate studies at Western, check out the Research and Opportunities page more information.