Toronto Team

Mane Kara-Yakoubian, M.A.

Sometimes we notice deterioration in the way we attend to, process, and communicate information, without any clear signs of why this might be. Declines in cognitive performance can stem from something as mundane as a poor night’s sleep, to events as serious as catastrophic accidents. Under the supervision of Dr. Peter Egeto, C. Psych, I will be conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments for individuals suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders, brain injuries, or neurodegenerative disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injury, concussion, Autism spectrum disorder, stroke, epilepsy, dementia, and Parkinson’s disorder, among other conditions.

The process involves an initial interview, questionnaires, and various tests of thinking abilities, which may include tasks such as learning and remembering lists of words or stories, completing puzzles, naming pictures, drawing, or other types of problem solving. Combined, this assessment process will help elucidate areas of strength and weakness in your thinking abilities, such as problem solving, planning, organization, attention, learning, memory, language, as well as perceptual and motor abilities. A feedback session will follow to provide you with strategies on how to leverage your areas of strength to effectively compensate for areas of weakness.

I have previously provided neuropsychological assessment services at the Community Head Injury Resource Services, and therapy services at St. Michael’s Hospital. This has involved assessing adults for mild to major neurocognitive disorders due to traumatic brain injury, as well as providing Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for individuals experiencing anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and sleep-wake disorders.

Currently, I am a second-year PhD student at Toronto Metropolitan University and hold a doctoral scholarship granted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in support of my research in judgment and decision-making. Aside from conducting my own research, I also enjoy writing about others’ academic work. To date, I have published over 100 popular press articles on various psychological findings. Some of my research and writing can be found below.

Kara-Yakoubian, M., Walker, A. C., Sharpinskyi, K., Assadourian, G., Fugelsang, J. A., & Harris, R. A. (2022). Beauty and truth, truth and beauty: Chiastic structure increases the subjective accuracy of statements. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 76(2), 144–155.

*Turpin, M. H., *Kara-Yakoubian, M., Walker, A. C., Walker, H. E., Fugelsang, J. A., & Stolz, J. A. (2021). Bullshit ability as an honest signal of intelligence. Evolutionary Psychology, 19(2), 1-10.

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