Tanya R. Jonker

Ph.D. Candidate

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar


Supervisor: Colin M. Macleod

Contact information

BA Honours (University of the Fraser Valley), MA (University of Waterloo)

Member of: Memory, Attention and Cognition Lab (MACL)

Link to: CV

Research interests

Tanya conducts research on episodic memory retrieval. Her master’s work focused primarily on examining the proposed mechanism of inhibition in memory using the retrieval-induced forgetting paradigm. In subsequent work, she and her colleagues proposed and tested an alternative context-based explanation of retrieval-induced forgetting. For her PhD, she has been investigating the effects of various encoding techniques on the relational and temporal features of memories. In a separate line of work, she has been examining the individual differences underlying intrusions on cued recall tests; specifically, she is interested in the different processes that underlie both strategic and accidental incorrect responses. To develop this line of work, she recently visited Jonathan Smallwood (University of York, United Kingdom) to collaborate on a project using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the functional connectivity underlying different types of intrusions on cued recall tests.


  • Jonker, T. R., Seli, P., & MacLeod, C. M. (in press). Retrieval-induced forgetting and context. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 
  • Seli, P., Jonker, T. R., Cheyne, J. A., Cortes, K., & Smilek, D. (online first). Can research participants comment authoritatively on the validity of their self-reports of mind wandering and task engagement? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
  • Jonker, T. R., & MacLeod, C. M. (online first). Disruption of relational processing underlies poor memory for order. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition.
  • Jonker, T. R., Levene, M., & MacLeod, C. M. (2014). Testing the item order account of design effects using the production effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 40, 441-448. 
  • Jonker, T. R., Seli, P., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2013). Performance reactivity in a continuous-performance task: Implications for understanding post-error behavior. Consciousness & Cognition, 22, 1468-1476.
  • Jonker, T. R., Seli, P., & MacLeod, C. M. (2013). Putting retrieval-induced forgetting in context: An inhibition-free, context-based account. Psychological Review, 120, 852-872.
  • MacLeod, C. M., Jonker, T. R., & James, G. (2013). Individual differences in remembering. Chapter in T. Perfect and D. S. Lindsay (Eds.), Handbook of applied memory. London: Sage Publications. 
  • Forrin, N. D., Jonker, T. R., & MacLeod, C. M. (2013). Production improves memory equivalently following elaborative vs. non-elaborative processing. Memory.  doi: 10.1080/09658211.2013.798417
  • Seli, P., Jonker, T. R., Solman, G. J. F., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2013). A methodological note on evaluating performance in a sustained attention to response task. Behavior Research Methods, 45, 355-363.
  • Seli, P., Jonker, T. R., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2013). Enhancing SART validity by statistically controlling speed-accuracy trade-offs. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00265 
  • Jonker, T. R., Seli, P., & MacLeod, C. M. (2012). Less we forget: Retrieval cues and release from retrieval-induced forgetting. Memory & Cognition, 40, 1236-1245.
  • Jonker, T. R., & MacLeod, C. M. (2012). Retrieval-induced forgetting: Testing the competition assumption of inhibition theory. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 204-211.
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