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Public scholar: Alexa Ruel

Alexa Ruel

How and why do decision-making strategies change across the lifespan?

Alexa Ruel is a doctoral candidate in Experimental Psychology. She holds a BA in Psychology from McGill University and received her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology at Concordia University. Alexa is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Concordia’s Journal of Accessible Psychology (CJAP) as well as the Co-Founder and Liaison for Concordia’s Journal of Psychology and Neuroscience (CJPN)

Examining how and why decision-making strategies changes across the lifespan, Alexa's work aims to understand the neural mechanisms behind these changes in order to support the more complex strategies in children and the elderly. Her doctoral research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as well as by Concordia University.




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Alexa's blog posts

  • How to Avoid Biting off more than you can Chew
    Posted on February 10, 2022 | By Alexa Ruel
    Why do we all fall in the trap of underestimating how much time, money or energy tasks will require? In this blog post, Public Scholar Alexa Ruel explains the planning fallacy and shares some tips to avoid it. Read more
  • Careers Outside Academia: Podcast Trailer
    Posted on November 18, 2021 | By Tanya Singh and Alexa Ruel
    In this special podcast episode, Tanya Singh and Alexa Ruel, two Public Scholars at Concordia University, interview 3 Concordia PhD graduates about their decision to start their career in industry. Read more
  • Tips to use your e-calendar optimally
    Posted on September 23, 2021 | By Alexa Ruel
    Alexa Ruel, Public Scholar, and ambitious graduate student, shares her tips on using your e-calendar optimally. Read more
  • A letter to my past self
    Posted on August 12, 2021 | By Alexa Ruel
    Alexa Ruel takes time to reflect on her journey to becoming a PhD Student, writing a letter of encouragement to her past self. Read more
  • Deciding, choosing, and learning: What’s the difference?
    Posted on June 24, 2021 | By Alexa Ruel
    Did you know that deciding and choosing aren’t quite the same thing? Public Scholar and PhD candidate Alexa Ruel explains how as a decision-making researcher, she studies learning, not choice. Read more
  • Deciding what to decide is no easy task
    Posted on May 13, 2021 | By Alexa Ruel
    Public Scholar and PhD candidate Alexa Ruel explains how we make decisions and why some decisions are harder than others. Read more

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