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Centre for Brain Health’s announcement
about the results of our new paper:
The latest research from the Diamond lab suggests 37.0°C body temperature should not be considered normal for everyone.
Her team suggests body temperature should be personalized.


We just had a paper published

The avg. body temp. in our study was 97°F (36.1°C). Using 98.6°F as the assumed normal temp. will result in errors when using temp. to screen for COVID. Fevers can be missed in those with low normal body temp. Infected people can thus pass screening.
     The article can be seen here:


Paper just published in Frontiers in Psychology:

Children only 3 years old can succeed at Conditional
“If, Then” Reasoning, much earlier than anyone had thought possible.

Daphne S. Ling, Cole D. Wong, & Adele Diamond


That conditional, if-then reasoning does not emerge until 4-5 years has long been accepted. Here we show that children barely 3 years old can doconditional reasoning. All that was


needed was a superficial change to the stimuli: When color was a property of the shapes (line drawings of a star and truck) rather than of the background (as in all past conditional discrimination testing), 3-year-olds could succeed.

The findings suggest that scaffolding preschoolers’ emerging conceptual skills by changing the way stimuli look (perceptual bootstrapping) enables 3-year-olds to demonstrate reasoning abilities long thought beyond their grasp. The ways we have traditionally queried children may have obscured the budding reasoning competencies present at 3 years of age.


Among the
top 10 most downloaded papers in 2020
from Annual Reviews across all fields
our article on Executive Functions
Annual Rev of Psychology in 2013

Available for free download for a limited time at:


Paper accepted for publication:
Diamond, Lye, Prasad & Abbott (2021)
"One size does not fit all:
Assuming the same normal
body temperature
for everyone is not justified"



‘Super Duper Neuroscientist of the Year’
by the students in
Prof. Kathryn Murphy’s undergraduate
neuroscience class at
McMaster Univ., Hamilton, ON


Our Rena Del Pieve Gobbi is profiled on the
UBC Public Scholars Initiative webpage:

Click on her name there
for more info about Rena.

And, Rena just passed her Comprehensive Exam, advancing her to PhD candidacy.


Press release
by the Centre for
Brain Health at UBC
about a recent paper of ours:
"A bit of stress might not
be so good for us after all"



Paper just published in Cerebral Cortex:
First demonstration of double dissociation between COMT-Met158 and COMT-Val158cognitive performance when stressed and when calmer.

The results suggest that, while it is possible for stress to have a positive effect on executive functions, only extremely mild stress seems to do that and even then it does it only for some. Perhaps employers, supervisors, and teachers should rethink whether intentionally imposing some stress will actually improve performance.

The authors are: Shahab Zareyan3, Haolu Zhang4,
Juelu Wang, Weihong Song, Elizabeth Hampson, David Abbott1,
& Adele Diamond2.



New Publication:
Paoletti, P. & Diamond, A. (2020).
The Science of Education for Peace:
Tools to Sow Peace In and Around Us.



Ph.D. student Daphne Ling
awarded an

IMH Marshall Scholarship
for the second time by the
UBC Department of Psychiatry and
Institute of Mental Health


Ph.D. student
Rena Del Pieve Gobbi
is the recipient of UBC's
President's Academic Excellence Initiative
Ph.D. Award



An article by Daphne Ling
This Pandemic is Not an Extended Sabbatical
is the most popular piece in the
Career Column of the journal
Ling, D. S. (2020). This pandemic is not an extended sabbatical. Nature.


Ph.D. student Lisa Ritland
is the recipient of a

UBC Four-Year Fellowship
for her Ph.D. studies


Swarthmore College awarded
Adele Diamond

an honorary doctorate


A new study finds that Adele Diamond’s impact
ranks in the top 1/10 of 1% (top 0.01%)
of the top 100,000 scientists
across all fields of science

(Ioannidis et al., 2019; doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000384)


Ph.D. student Daphne Ling awarded
a Travel Award from the International Behavioural Neuroscience Society (IBNS) to attend the meeting in Cairns, Australia
a World Congress Travel Grant from the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) to attend the meeting in Daegu, South Korea


Ph.D. student Angela Low
a Fellowship & an invitation to speak at the Early Childhood Scientific Advisory Meeting, Bezos Family Foundation, Phoenix, AZ
a Fellowship to the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute Conference, Garrison, NY