Dana Hayward, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
Area of Study / Keywords
attention social cognition eye-tracking real-world investigations
I am an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Alberta. Prior to this appointment I was a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. I completed my PhD and MSc in Psychology at McGill University (Montréal, Québec), my BEd at York University (Toronto, Ontario) and my BSc in Human Behavioural Biology at the University of Toronto.
I am a cognitive neuroscientist, with an interest in spatial attention. While some of my work focuses on attention to nonsocial information, I am currently keen on investigating how more 'affective' stimuli (such as motivation/reward or people/eyes) influence attention. My research program is comprised of at least three broad themes.
Prioritization. I am interested in the circumstances in which we prioritize attending to certain information over others. For instance, are there certain situations where we’re more likely to prioritize attention to social information? Are we more likely to focus on social information when we’re alone versus in groups? How does motivation/reward play a role in this prioritization?
Individual Variation. I am interested in “what we bring to the table” when we are paying attention to various information. Specifically, does our personality, character traits and preferences affect attention, and if so, how? Does attention vary from person to person, or between different mental illnesses?
Context. I am interested in investigating attention across contexts, such as delineating the instances where attention acts in similar ways across lab-based studies and real-life situations, along with situations where they do not. For example, do rewards in 'real life' shape our attention in the same way they do for lab-based tasks? Do we pay attention to people in the same way when we're face-to-face with them versus when we're not?
I will be accepting graduate students to begin Fall 2022. See the lab website and contact me for more details.
Principles and development of perception, motivation, learning, and thinking and their relationship to the psychological functioning of the individual. Fulfillment of the 1/4 laboratory credit typically entails serving as a research participant, but can be fulfilled through the completion of alternative assignments. Note: PSYCH 104 is not a prerequisite for PSYCH 105. PSYCH 104 and 105 can be taken in either term, but not in the same term. [Faculty of Science]
Experimental and nonexperimental methods in psychology. Topics covered include philosophy of science, measurement, reliability and validity of methods, measures, and effects; experimental quasi-experimental, and single-subject designs; biases in experimentation; and research ethics. Prerequisites: PSYCH 104 or SCI 100, and PSYCH 105, and STAT 141 or 151 or 161. [Faculty of Arts]
Discussion of advanced concepts and theories developed by selected fields within experimental psychology. The course will examine the relation between theory and data in these fields. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or 161 or SCI 151 and a 300-level PSYCH course. Students must check with the Department for the topics for the year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Science]
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Heath, D.S., Jhinjar, N., & Hayward, D.A.
Scientific Reports. 2021 June; 11
Hayward, D.A., Pomares, F., Casey, K.F., Ismaylova, E., Levesque, M., Greenlaw, K., Vitaro, F., Brendgen, M., Dionne, G., Boivin, M., Tremblay, R.E., & Booij, L.
Human Brain Mapping. 2020 July; 41 (18):1-12
Heath, D.S. & Hayward, D.A.
Frontiers for Young Minds. 2019 December; 7 (130):1-7
Hayward, D.A., Pereira, E.J., Otto, A.R., & Ristic, J
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 2018 January; 44 (2):206-214
Hayward, D.A., & Ristic, J.
Scientific Reports. 2017 January; 7 (44221)
Hayward, D.A., Voorhies, W., Morris, J.A., Capozzi, F., & Ristic, J.
Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale. 2017 January; 71 (3):212-225