Melody Wiseheart


Locations / Contact Info:

242 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 33266

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2001
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BS - 1995
Vanderbilt University


Melody Wiseheart heads the Cognitive Flexibility Lab at York University. We study how cognitive flexibility and executive function change across the lifespan. We develop and validate tools for teachers that are based on cognitive psychology principles.

Selected Publications

All publications can be downloaded at

Spacing Effect: Wiseheart, M., D'Souza, A. A., & Chae, J. (2017). Lack of spacing effects during piano learning. PLoS ONE, 12, e0182986.

Technology and Education: Sana, F., Weston, T., & Cepeda, N. J. (2013). Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers. Computers and Education, 62, 24-31.

Music Training: D'Souza, A. A., Moradzadeh, L., & Wiseheart, M. (2018). Musical training, bilingualism, and executive function: Working memory and inhibitory control. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 3(11).


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

If you would like a position in the lab, please see

Current graduate student projects:

Tina Weston: Spacing effect theory in younger and older adults

Annalise D'Souza: Lifespan development of task switching

Joel Katz: Spacing effect and song learning in musicians

Katie Matthews: Visual art training intervention for Alzheimer's disease

Vanessa Foot: Spacing effect and critical thinking in children

Fenote Girma: Models of chronic pain