Aimee Skye

Chair, Psychology
Assistant Professor, Psychology

PhD (McMaster), BA Hons. (McMaster)

6-329B, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


I am a cognitive psychologist, and as a graduate student, I trained in a laboratory devoted to understanding the acquisition and form of conceptual knowledge and, simultaneously, applying that understanding to applied problems like optimizing the education and expertise of medical professionals. That training, under the mentorship of the late Dr. Lee Brooks, helped me appreciate that people manage to deal rather successfully with a messy, complicated world as they accomplish remarkable cognitive and social feats, and that there is much to be gained by importing better and more realistic representations of that world in empirical investigations of human cognition and social cognition.

My primary research interest that has remained from my graduate work concerns how we learn patterns or contingencies in our world, how we represent those cognitively, and how we use contingency, episodic and personal theory knowledge to understand and predict future events. I have also spent some time examining health decisions, like the choice to immunize oneself or loved ones, and how the choices people make are influenced by the communication and understanding of risk. In addition, I continue to work with colleagues on Ontario to investigate how comprehension, retention and application of clinical knowledge among health professionals can be enhanced through educational or training manipulations.

Cognition, Social Cognition, Contingency Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Memory and Knowledge Structures, Medical Education and Health Applications

Teaching and Research Interests


  • PSYC 104 Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 355 Social Cognition

A Few of Many Research Interests:

  • The influence of stimulus complexity on the balance between associative and higher order cognitive processes in human contingency learning
  • The classification of others and how that shapes attention to social information and impression formation
  • Cognitive variables in understanding risk and social communication of risk information related to immunization, treatment and other health decisions

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Skye, A. L. (2012). If the situation predicted behavior, would somebody learn it? An examination of learning contingencies between how people behave and the nature of the situation. In Payette, N., & Hardy-Vallée, B. (Eds.), Connected minds: Cognition and interaction in the social world. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Goldszmidt, M., Minda, J. P., Devantier, S. L., Skye, A. L., & Woods, N. N. (2011). Expanding the Basic Science Debate: The Role of Physics Knowledge in Remembering how to Interpret Clinical Findings. Advances in Health Science Education, doi:10.1007/s10459-011-9331-2.
  • Kent, A. & Skye, A. (2012). Play to Win! Does Induced Motivational State Influence Gambling Behavior. Poster presented (by the first author) at the Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science (BASICS) conference, Banff, AB.
  • McEachern, J. & Skye, A. (2010, June). Different kinds of yuck? Examining the nature and alleviation of disgust. Paper presented (by the second author) at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), Halifax, NS.
  • Skye, A., Milliken, B., & MacLellan, E. (2008, June). Ignoring and the automatic/strategic distinction: A qualitative difference finding. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), London, ON.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science

Boards / Committees

  • President, MacEwan University Faculty Association
  • Member, Academic Governance Council