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Emily Davidson


  • Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Embodied Cognition

  • Evolutionary Physiology

  • Ethics in Digital Technology



MSc. Student;
Department of Neuroscience, Western University

Emily Davidson is currently working on her M.Sc in Neuroscience. She graduated (summa cum laude) from York University with an honours degree in Cognitive Science and Classical Studies (an eclectic mix if ever there was one). Her publications thus far have involved a heavily interdisciplinary approach to cognitive science, blending evolutionary biology, neuroscience, computer science and philosophy to inspire new ways of thinking about the mind. She is currently interested in using cutting-edge techniques to break new ground on better ways to incorporate these topics together for a more ecologically valid approach to neuroscience.

Emily’s past research experience in the lab has been diverse; she has worked with autobiographical memory in aging, action vs. representation dissociations in grasping and the development of computational neural models using Python. Currently, her research project has come to involve generating creative ways to test more ecologically valid research methodologies that will involve VR, EEG and fNIRS technologies. The use of virtual reality may prove useful in facilitating the mapping of neural functions in a way that better captures brain-environment connections with neuroimaging techniques than is typically done in stationary scanners and environments. 


Davidson, E. (2019). Memetic Intention and the Implications for Agency. The Oracle(13), 32-43. 

Davidson, E. J. (2020). A Morality Module for Machines. The Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science, 85-101. 

Freud, E., Binur, N., Srikanath, A., Davidson, E., Ganel, T., & Hadad, B.-S. (2020). Double dissociation between action and perception in children. Jounral of Experimental Child Psychology. doi: 

Conference Presentations 

Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference: Presented a poster on our research from the publication “Double dissociation between action and perception in children” 

Fall, 2020, Introduction to Psychology, Western University (TA)