Marie Arsalidou

Adjunct Faculty

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2008
York University

MA - 2003
York University

BSc - 2001
Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

Hung Y., Gaillard S.L., Yarmak P., Arsalidou M., (2018). Dissociations of cognitive inhibition, response inhibition, and emotional interference: Voxelwise ALE meta-analyses of fMRI studies. Human Brain Mapping, 39(10):4065-4082.

Yalpe, Z., & Arsalidou, M. (2018). N-back working memory task. Meta-analyses of normative fMRI studies with children. Child Development, 89 (6), 2010-2022. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13080

Ushakov, V. L., Sharaev, M. G., Malashenkova, I. K., Krynskiy, S. A., Kartashov, S. I., Orlov, V. A., Malakhov D.G., Hailov, N.A., Ogurstov, D.P., Zakharova, N.V., Didkovsky, N. A., Maslennikova, A.V., Arkhipov, A.Y., Strelets, V.B., Arsalidou, M., Velichkovsky B.M., Kostyuk, G.P. (2018). Basic cognitive architectures and neuroimmune serum biomarkers in schizophrenia. Procedia Computer Science, 145, 596-603.

Zinchenko, O., & Arsalidou, M. (2018). Brain responses to social norms: Meta-analyses of fMRI studies. Human Brain Mapping, 00, 1-16.

Zinchenko, O., Yaple, Z., & Arsalidou, M. (2018).  Brain responses to dynamic facial expressions: A normative meta-analysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 227. 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00227

Arsalidou, M., Pawliw-Levac, M., Sadeghi, M., Pascual-Leone, J. (2018). Brain areas associated with numbers and calculations in children: Meta-analyses of fMRI studies. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 30, 239-250.

Arsalidou, M., & Im-Bolter, N., (2017). Why parametric measures are critical for understanding typical and atypical cognitive development.  Brain Imaging and Behavior, 11(4), 1214-1224. DOI: 10.1007/s11682-016-9592-8

Arsalidou, M., & Pascual-Leone, J. (2016). Constructivist developmental theory is needed in developmental neuroscience. npj-Science of Learning 1, 16016, 1-9.

Pascual-Leone, J., Pascual-Leone, A., Arsalidou, M., (2015). Neuropsychology needs to model organismic processes “from within”. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 38. DOI:

Powell, T. L., Arsalidou, M., Vogan, V. & Taylor, M.J., (2014). Letter and colour matching tasks: Parametric measure of developmental working memory capacity. Child Development Research. Article ID 961781. DOI:10.1155/2014/961781.

Arsalidou, M., Duerden, E., & Taylor, M.J. (2013). The center of the brain: Topographical model of the motor, cognitive, affective and somatosensory functions of the basal ganglia.  Human Brain Mapping, 34, 3031-3054. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.22124

Duerden, E., Arsalidou, M., Lee M., & Taylor, M.J. (2013). Lateralization of affective processes in the insula. NeuroImage. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.04.014.

Arsalidou, M. (2013). Working memory capacity: The need for process task-analysis. Frontiers in Psychology 4, 257. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00257.

Arsalidou, M., Pascual-Leone, J., Johnson, J., Morris, D. & Taylor, M. J. (2013). A balancing act of the brain: Activations and deactivations as a function of cognitive load.  Brain and Behavior. DOI: 10.1002/brb3.128.

Arsalidou, M., Agostino, A., Maxwell, S., & Taylor, M.J., (2013) “I can read these colours.” Orthographic manipulations and the development of the colour-word Stroop.  Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 594.

Arsalidou, M., Barbeau E. J., Bayless, S. J., & Taylor, M. J. (2012). Our own face versus your partner’s face: Neural differentiations. In N. Payette, & B. Hardy-Vallee (Eds.), Connected Minds: Cognition and Interaction in the Social World (2-15). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Arsalidou, M., Morris, D., & Taylor, M.J. (2011). Converging evidence on the advantage of dynamic facial expressions. Brain Topography, 24, 149-163.

Arsalidou, M., & Taylor, M.J. (2011). Is 2 + 2 = 4? Meta-analyses of brain areas needed for numbers and calculations. NeuroImage 54, 2382-2393.

Arsalidou, M., Pascual-Leone, J., & Johnson, J. (2010).  Misleading cues improve developmental assessment of working memory capacity: The colour matching tasks. Cognitive Development 25, 262-277.

Arsalidou, M., Barbeau E. J., Bayless, S. J., & Taylor, M. J. (2010). Brain responses differ to faces of mothers and fathers. Brain and Cognition, 74(1), 47-51.

Taylor, M. J., Arsalidou, M., Morris, D., Bayless, S. J., Evans, J., & Barbeau, E. J. (2009). Neural correlates of personally familiar faces: parents, partner and own faces. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 2008-2020.


Excellence in Research - from Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow Russian Federation - 2018

Hollingworth Award by the National Association of Gifted Children, USA - 2016

First Place Poster Award for Building a Better Brain at the 8th Annual Symposium of the Imaging Network Ontario, Toronto - 2010

Certificate of Academic Excellence at the doctoral level, Canadian Psychological Association, York University - 2009

Sitzman’s Award, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA - 2001

Panos and Pavlos Award, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA - 2001


Currently available to supervise graduate students:

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

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects:

Current Research

It is well known that children’s cognitive abilities improve with age; the question is by how much and when.  I believe quantitative methodology can provide new insides with which to study these questions.  My research focuses primarily on understanding the development and neural underpinnings of mental-attentional capacity and how it relates to visual-spatial, verbal and mathematical cognition.  I use behavioural, neuroimaging and meta-analytical methods to tackle pertinent questions on cognitive development.