Predicting job performance through personality testing: Improving the quality of research and practice at a Human Resources Consulting Firm

The Pathfinder Career System is a sophisticated psychological assessment tool that provides a high-definition portrait of an individual’s behavioural profile that focuses on the key attributes required for success in a specific job position. The purpose of this project is for Optimum Talent inc., a Human Resources Consulting firm, to be in a position to make optimal use of the test, by determining how it can be integrated into the current services offered by the firm and by pushing the tool further to respond to very specific client demands.

How Teachers Understand Self-Regulation: Connecting the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative with Pearson Canada Inc

The notion of ‘self-regulation’ in the development of children and young people and the health of adults has taken on considerable importance, especially in education, as the science investigating this feature has made significant advances over the last decade. One nationwide initiative, the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative (CSRI), has been working since 2012 to support educators’ understanding about self-regulation and their ability to integrate these ideas into their practice.

The toxic effect of major depression

Major depression (MDD) is a chronic psychiatric disorder. The aim of this project is to examine the link between specific molecular alterations and neuropathology in the brain in patients with MDD. We will use post-mortem brains that were collected by the Sao Paulo autopsy service. More specifically, oxidative modifications to proteins and lipids, and levels of neurotrophins, which are necessary for the survival of neurons and glial cells, will be measured and correlated with markers of neurodegeneration.

Trajectoires d'utilisation de services et de rétablissement des personnes ayant des troubles concomitants de dépendance aux substances psychoactives et en santé mentale

Dans le contexte de réformes des systèmes de soins, incluant ceux en rapport avec la dépendance, cette étude vise à améliorer les connaissances et soutenir la prise de décision sur les profils d'usagers aux prises avec des troubles concomitants de dépendance aux substances psychoactives (alcool et différentes drogues) et de santé mentale. L'objet de l'étude porte sur l’utilisation des services, les trajectoires de rétablissement et leurs prédicteurs. L’étude est pionnière, s’intéressant à l’exploitation des banques de données administratives en santé.

The Effects of a Novel Knee Brace Design for Assisting Knee Extension in Healthy Individuals

Spring Loaded Technology is a Halifax, Nova Scotia based start-up company focused on developing innovative knee bracing technology. Their Levitation™ knee brace has been developed to assist knee extension in people with leg weakness, but it has not yet been tested. The proposed research project will test the Levitation™ knee brace in healthy people, providing feedback to the Spring Loaded regarding the efficacy of their knee brace. Participants will be tested with and without the brace to compare its effects on knee extension torque and muscle activity.

Development of Neurofeedback Algorithms Supporting Concentration and Subjective Well-Being

We live in an age of distraction and mind-wandering, which has been broadly linked to greater levels of unhappiness, suggesting that many of us might benefit from mindfulness training that allows us to better control our attention. Interaxon Inc. has developed a potentially breakthrough solution to this problem in a device that measures brain activity to facilitate mindfulness attentional training at home. However, there still remain major barriers toward the popularization of this new technology.

Projet pilote : adaptation de la plateforme Inpowr à une population d’adolescents et de jeunes adultes avec un trouble psychiatrique

Le présent projet répond à la nécessité de développer des outils visant l’autonomisation et l’amélioration de la santé générale des jeunes atteints de pathologies chroniques. À cet effet, la plateforme Inpowr est un espace web qui permet de jauger son bien-être personnel par l’entremise de questions générales, de se fixer des buts précis, des comportements à modifier ou adopter dans sa vie pour améliorer son bien-être et sa santé.

Integration of socio-physiological sensors to estimate team functional state in mobile command and control

Teams in crisis management operate in uncertainty and time pressure conditions, which severely constrain team performance. Systems capable of detecting critical levels of cognitive functioning could help teams to adapt better to the situation they face by allowing an intelligent re-allocation of tasks across agents. Traditionally, adaptive systems are based on the operator behavioral response (such as performance).

Contextual Momentary Assessments of the Auditory Environment by Wearers of Hearing Aids

We would like to investigate the use of hearing aids in real life environments. Retrospective questionnaires are often subject to memory errors and recall biases. In order to obtain more accurate momentary evaluations of sound and noise, our proposed research involves asking participants to complete real-time evaluations in the laboratory and in their everyday environments. The momentary assessments will be recorded using a mobile evaluation tool.

Factors that Promote the Effectiveness of Internships for Internationally Qualified Professionals

This project will explore factors that contribute to the benefits of internships for internationally qualified professionals in terms of improving these essential immigrants' integration into the Canadian labour market. The project involves a partnership between Career Edge (a non-profit organization that arranges paid internships for internationally qualified professionals and Canadian individuals), the University of Western Ontario and York University, and will utilize an online survey and follow-up interviews to achieve its goals.