I am a cognitive neuroscientist with primary research expertise in: (i) Ageing & Neurodegeneration: investigation of structural and functional brain changes associated with ageing, Alzheimer's dementia, and Parkinson's disease; (ii) Plasticity in Recovery: investigation of brain reorganisation following post-stroke aphasia, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury; (iii) Memory & Language: investigation of brain organisation of long-term memory, working memory, and language production.

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  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Toronto
  • MA, Perception, Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Toronto
  • PhD, Perception, Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Toronto

Areas of Expertise

  • cognitive neuroscience
  • memory & language
  • brain plasticity
  • functional & structural MRI imaging
  • brain stimulation


  1. Dzafic, I., Oestreich, L., Martin, A., Mowry, B., Burianová, H., Burianova, H. Stria terminalis, amygdala, and temporoparietal junction networks facilitate efficient emotion processing under expectations Human Brain Mapping 40 18 5382 5396
  2. Owusu, B., Burianova, H. Transcranial direct current stimulation improves novel word recall in healthy adults Journal of Neurolinguistics 53 100862
  3. Hanley, C., Burianová, H., Tommerdahl, M., Burianova, H. Towards Establishing Age-Related Cortical Plasticity on the Basis of Somatosensation Neuroscience 404 407 412
  4. Fynes-Clinton, S., Marstaller, L., Burianova, H. Differentiation of functional networks during long-term memory retrieval in children and adolescents NeuroImage 191 93 103
  5. Burianová, H., Burianova, H. Neurocognitive aging and functional connectivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology Oxford University Press

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  • PS-M71 Basic fMRI Analysis

    Neuroimaging makes it possible to investigate the brain¿s function in vivo. This module will give students an introduction to the computational analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data with a focus on univariate analysis. Students will learn about the preprocessing and basic analysis of functional imaging data, and learn how to use popular software packages, such as Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) and Analysis of Functional Neuro-Images (AFNI).


  • A multimodal investigation of the effects of fronto-cerebellar transcranial stimulation«br /»«br /» (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Hanley

Key Grants and Projects

  • Testing posterior parietal cortex contributions to human episodic memory 2018 - 2021

    Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, with M. Irish, J. Hodges & L. Marstaller, £205,000

  • Identifying biomarkers of preclinical degeneration 2016 - 2017

    ($24,300 AUD), Rebecca L. Cooper Foundation Medical Research Grant

  • Development of a novel functional imaging protocol to investigate memory complaints in epilepsy patients 2016 - 2017

    ($40,000 AUD), with L. Marstaller, D.Reutens, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation Research Grant

  • Functional imaging of non-motor disturbance in Parkinson’s disease 2014 - 2016

    ($50,000 AUD), with M. Gray, C. Atay, K. McMahon, D. Copland, Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation Seeding Grant

  • Prevention of burn injury – The neural correlates of risk-taking behaviours 2015 - 2016

    ($58,247 AUD), with M. Muller, J. Paratz, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation Research Grant

  • Age-related reorganisation of cortical networks subserving memory retrieval 2013 - 2016

    ($375,000 AUD), Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 2016 Research Fellow University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2009 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

External Responsibilities

  • Affiliated Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2016 - Present

  • Member, Canadian Psychological Association

    2009 - Present

  • PhD Supervisor: Samuel Fynes-Clinton, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2015 - 2019

  • PhD Supervisor: Javier Urriola Yaksic, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2014 - 2019

  • PhD Supervisor: Ilvana Dzafic, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2013 - 2016

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, The Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation

    2016 - 2017

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Website Lead - Department of Psychology

    2016 - 2018

  • Director - MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience

    2017 - Present

Research Groups

  • Dementia Research Group

    The Psychology Department Dementia Research Group is composed of staff and PhD students actively engaged in a wide range of research investigating subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment and various aetiologies of dementia.

  • Neuroimaging Group

    The Neuroimaging Group investigates brain function, structure, and neurochemistry of cognitive processes.