Suzanne Hood (PhD Psychology, Concordia University) joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Fascinated by the brain and human behaviour, Suzanne studies the physiology underlying our body’s internal timekeeping mechanisms that produce circadian rhythms – the predictable 24-hour patterns in our physical, mental, and behavioral activities, like sleeping, eating, hormone release, and cognitive alertness. In particular, Suzanne is interested in studying how our body clock changes across the lifespan, particularly in older adulthood, and how these changes affect health and quality of life. Her research also includes topics related to motivation, drug dependence, and learning. She loves teaching Brain and Behavior, Adult Aging and Development, Learning and Memory, Perception, and Introduction to Psychology at Bishop’s.
- sleep and circadian rhythms
- human development and aging
- neural mechanisms of learning and memory
- neural mechanisms of motivation and emotion