Jacob Gerlofs

PhD Student


Bishop’s University2019B.Sc. in Psychology and Neuroscience, minor in Drama StudiesHonours

I constantly find myself drawn to the puzzles of the human experience. Speaking scientifically, to understand the brain is to understand people and their experiences. Following this notion I began to pursue Neuroscience and Psychology academically. I departed from my hometown of Burlington, Ontario to obtain my B.Sc. in Psychology and Neuroscience with a minor in Drama Studies from Bishop’s University in Quebec.

I now reside in Vancouver studying in the UBC Neuroscience graduate program under the supervision of Dr. Alan Kingstone. My current research interests lie in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, specifically examining social behaviour and their neural correlates. I’m also interested in real-world validity of neuroscience research methods, industry applications of psychology and neuroscience research, neuroscience of the arts, and knowledge mobilization.

Outside the lab I’m a free-lance photographer, avid skier, rock climber, traveller, film and theatre buff, and happy hour enthusiast.

Research Interests

Social cognitive processes, behaviour, and their neural correlates.


Gerlofs, D. J., Roberts, K., Anderson, N., & Kingstone, A. (2022). Eye spy: Gaze communication and deception during hide-and-seek. Cognition, 227, 105209. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1fJhd2Hx2pius

Zheng, Y., Wang, L., Gerlofs, D. J., Duan, W., Wang, X., Yin, J., … & Kwok, S. C. (2022). Atypical meta-memory evaluation strategy in schizophrenia patients. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition27, 100220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scog.2021.100220