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Karen Li, PhD

Professor, Psychology

Office: L-PY 131-4 
Psychology Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7542
Website(s): Lab Website
CRDH Website


PhD (University of Toronto)

Research interests

My research focuses on cognitive and attentional processes involved in multiple-task performance in adulthood and healthy aging. I am interested in studying situations in which multiple tasks are either carried out in sequential order, or are performed concurrently. A portion of my current work investigates the coordination of cognitive and motor tasks in old age (e.g., walking, balance, finger sequencing, with a concurrent cognitive load). An important theme in my research is to understand the adaptive strategies that older adults develop in response to declines in cognitive and sensorimotor abilities. I am a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH), which is devoted to multidisciplinary approaches to the study of development across all life periods. I am also a member of the PERFORM Centre for preventive health research. Graduate students working with me participate in regular workshops and seminars offered by both organizations.

Selected publications

Vadaga, K. K.*, Blair,M.*, & Li, K. Z. H. (2016). Are age-relateddifferences uniform across different inhibitory functions? Journal of Gerontolgy: Psychological Sciences 71, 641-649.  

Baer,L. H.*, Park, M. T., Bailey, J. A.*, Chakravarty, M. M., Li, K. Z. H., & Penhune, V. B. (2015). Regional cerebellarvolumes are related to early musical training and finger tapping performance. NeuroImage, 109, 1 April 2015, 130-139. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.076.    

Korotkevich, Y.*, Trewartha, K. M.*, Penhune, V.B., & Li, K. Z. H. (2015). The role of cognitive capacity in motor reprogramming in healthy young and older adults. Journal of Gerontology:Psychological Sciences.DOI10.1007/s00221-014-4169-5.

Trewartha, K. M.*, Spilka, M.*, Penhune, V. B., & Li, K. Z. H., Phillips, N. A. (2013). Age-related changes in pre-potent response suppression investigated using concurrent motion capture and event-related potential recordings. Psychology and Aging, 28, 701-713. [pdf]

Johannsen, L., Li, K. Z. H., Chechlacz, M.*, Bibi, A.*, Kourtzi, Z., & Wing, A. (2013). Functional neuroimaging of the interference between working memory and the control of periodic ankle movement timing. Neuropsychologia. [pdf]
Baer, L.*, Tabri, N.*, Blair, M.*, Bye, D.*, Li, K. Z. H. , & Pushkar, D. (2013). The longitudinal effects of need for cognition, cognitive activity level, and depression, on cognitive function in recent retirees. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68, 655-664. [pdf]

Li, K. Z. H., Roudaia, E.*, Lussier, M.*, Bherer, L., Leroux, A., & McKinley, P. A. (2010). Benefits of cognitive dual-task training on balance performance in healthy older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 65A(12): 1344-1352. [pdf]

Li, K. Z. H., Blair, M. A.*, & Chow, V. S. M.* (2010). Sequential performance in young and older adults: Evidence of chunking and inhibition. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 17, 270-295. [pdf]

Abbud, G.*, Li, K. Z. H., & DeMont, R. G. (2009). Attentional requirements of walking according to the gait phase and onset of auditory stimuli. Gait and Posture, 30, 227-232. [pdf]

Trewartha, K. M.*, Endo, A.*, Li, K. Z. H., & Penhune, V. B. (2009). Effect of decreased conflict monitoring ability with age on movement reprogramming and execution. Psychology and Aging, 24, 450-461. [pdf]

Li, K. Z. H., & Dupuis, K.* (2008). Attentional switching in the Sequential Flanker Task: Age, location and time course effects. Acta Psychologica, 127, 416-427.[pdf]

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