Michelle Jarick

Assistant Professor, Psychology

PhD (Waterloo)

6-368, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Originally from Ontario, Michelle completed her graduate studies at the University of Waterloo. During her graduate studies, she focused on studying a rare condition called Synaesthesia with the aim to learn more about how the brain integrates sensory information. Following her PhD, she drove across the country to Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked as a postdoc in the BARLab (Brain and Attention Research Lab). There she worked with many aspiring young scientists and learned how to apply perceptual effects to real-world situations. While there, she stumbled across a very reliable effect, finding that it is very difficult to make eye contact for long periods of time. This is the main focus of her research intrests currently.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Congition, perception, brain and behaviour

Teaching and Research Interests

  • PSYC 258
  • PSYC 267
  • PSYC 104

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Jonas, C. & Jarick, M. (in press). Synaesthesia, sequences, and space. In J. Simner and E. Hubbard (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.
  • Jarick, M., Jensen, C., Dixon, M., & Smilek, D. (2011). The automaticity of vantage point shifts within a synaesthetes' spatial calendar. Journal of Neuropsychology, 5, 333-352.
  • Jarick, M., Dixon, M., & Smilek, D. (2011). 9 is always on top: Assessing the automaticity of synaesthetic number-forms. Brain and Cognition, 77, 96-105.
  • Jarick, M., Dixon, M., Stewart, M., Maxwell, E., & Smilek, D. (2009). A different outlook on time: Visual and auditory month names elicit different mental vantage points for a time-space synaesthete. Cortex, 45, 1217-1228.
  • Jarick, M., Dixon, M., Nicholls, M.E., Maxwell, E., & Smilek, D. (2009). The ups, and downs (and lefts and rights) of synaesthetic number forms: Validation from spatial cueing and SNARC-type tasks. Cortex, 45, 1190-1199.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia (2011-2012)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science
  • Vision Science Society