Dr Haline Schendan

Dr Haline Schendan

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


Research and education in human cognitive neuroscience of vision, memory and learning, embodied (grounded) cognition, neuroplasticity, temperament (focusing on sensitivity / plasticity traits), personality, social attachment, change mechanisms (plasticity) for personality and neurobehavioural characteristics, neurobehavioural individual differences, mental wellbeing, and creativity


Post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience (functional magnetic resonance imaging, neuropsychology), Boston University, Boston, MA, 1998-2003.

Ph.D. in Cognitive Science & Neurosciences, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1998.

M.S. in Neurosciences, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1992.

B.A. in Neurobiology, high distinction and high honors, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1990.

Professional membership

Member of the Cognitive NeuroscienceSociety (CNS)

Member of the Society For Neuroscience(SFN)

Member of the Society forPsychophysiological Research (SPR)

Full Member of The PsychonomicSociety

Member of the Vision Sciences Society(VSS)

Member of the International Attachment Network (IAN)


Teaching interests

Office Hours:  by appointment (email a request) or:

W 12-13:00, Th 17-18:00, 

except reading week, which will be by appointment.

Teach on the following modules:

Stage 1:   Psyc 101, 102, 103 Tutorial. Psyc 107PP.

Stage 2:  Psyc 205 Skills Packages.

Stage 3/4:
    Psyc 402 Psychobiology (Cognitive Neuroscience)
    Psyc 403-404 Options in Psychobiology (Cognitive Neuroscience)
    Psyc 406 Psychology Project A (Cognitive Neuroscience)

   Psyc 505 Biopsychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)     
   Psyc 561 Electroencephalography and Event-Related Potential Methods
   Psyc 570 Issues in Cognitive and Brain Science    

Research interests

The Schendan Adaptive Brain and Plasticity Lab aims to determine the brain mechanisms that support personal growth and change.One way that we do this is to determine the brain mechanisms for learning and long-termmemory. We do this primarily in the visual sensory modality because this is thedominant sense in primates, including humans, and is the best understood. Thisenables us to answer precise questions about the exact processes forneuroplasticity, learning and memory from stimulus to response. We focus on non-or minimally- conscious processing, learning and memory that are the largest influenceson behavior. We focus on nonverbal processes to interface with animal models.

Another way that we determine mechanisms forpersonal growth and change is to determine how the biological roots ofpersonality and self development influence neurobehavioral characteristics(e.g., sets of patterns of psychophysiological and neurophysiological,cognitive, creativity, emotional, and personal characteristics) and how these characteristicschange with experience (e.g., learning, studying, psychotherapy interventions).We focus on the two major established influences on neurodevelopment ofpersonality and self that are also associated with the most substantialpotential for change and personal growth: Attachment and temperament,especially plastic/sensitive traits that are exceptionally environmentallyreactive for better and for worse. Altogether, our non-pathologizing, adaptivebrain and plasticity framework and these mechanisms explain the majority ofindividual variation in mental wellbeing and how to use neuroplasticity,learning and memory to improve wellbeing according to the personal adaptive historyof the individual. We aim revolutionize understanding of personal development,mental wellbeing and psychological interventions for personal growth. This willfundamentally alter many human domains, including healthcare, education,government, culture and society.

Our research programme combines multiplemethods of cognitive socioemotional neuroscience, including electroencephalography,event-related potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging, group studies(e.g., people with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma or neurologicalproblems such as Parkinson’s disease, mediotemporal lobe amnesia, or whitematter changes).

Research groups

  • Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
  • Brain


For more information about my research program, please see:
website for HESchendan