About us

Lab Photo – 2016
  From left to right: Top: Eaton Asher (RA), Dr. John Paul Minda (lab director), Joshua Hatherley (MSc student), Emily Nielsen (PhD student), Teri Macguire (RA),
Bottom: Mengxiao Zhang (RA), Taylor Goodfield (RA), Ana Ruiz Pardo MSc student), Victoria Wiebe (RA), Tianshu Zhu (MSc Student).

The Categorization Lab is part of the Department of Psychology and the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario. Our research seeks to understand how people learn about categories and concepts and how conceptual structure influences thinking and decision making. The lab is headed by Dr. John Paul Minda and consists of a postdoctoral fellow, several graduate students, honours students, and research assistants.

Our lab is funded by NSERC, SSHRC, and by Mitacs. Our lab also has several active collaborations with the faculty in the Ivey Business School and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Categorization Lab is accepting applications for new graduate students for the 2017-18 year. If you are interested in working in our lab, check out the Research and Opportunities links or contact Dr. Minda for more information.