University of Toronto

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Dr. Michael Inzlicht, University of Toronto - The Science of Self-Control

Is there a measurable limit to the amount of self-control each person possesses?

Dr. Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, studies self-control and is helping to debunk a popular theory regarding the now widely studied topic.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Dr. Scott Schieman, University of Toronto – Health, Stress, and Workplace Authority

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Scott Schieman of the University of Toronto explains why greater workplace authority can undermine the health benefits that usually come with higher social status. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Dr. Valorie Salimpoor – The Brain and New Music

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Valorie Salimpoor of the Rotman Research Institute explains the neurology behind the human love of music. 


Valorie Salimpoor is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rotman Research Institute / Baycrest Centre in Toronto where her research interests include neuroeconomics and neuroaesthetics. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on the neurological basis for musical enjoyment. She holds a Ph.D. from McGill University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Dr. Jacob Hirsh, University of Toronto – Spirituality and Political Ideology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jacob Hirsh of the University of Toronto explores the connection between a person’s spirituality and political ideology.


Jacob Hirsh is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. His teaching and research interests include emotion, self-regulation, and decision-making, as well as social neuroscience. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
8:58 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Dr. Andrew Lim, University of Toronto – Night Owls and Morning People

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Lim of the University of Toronto explains the genetics behind the human sleep cycle.

Andrew Lim is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a neurologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada. His research is focused on using statistical, genetic, neuropathological, and epidemiological approaches to understand the genes and neural circuits that regulate biological clocks and sleep. He holds an M.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Dr. Ernst De Mooij, University of Toronto – Exoplanet Atmosphere Detection

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ernst De Mooij of the University of Toronto reveals how we can explore the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system without ever leaving Earth.

Dr. Ernst de Mooij is a post-doc at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD in 2011 from the University of Leiden. His main research focuses on the study of exoplanet atmospheres using ground-based telescopes.

Ernst De Mooij – Exoplanet Atmosphere Detection

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Dr. Jacob Hirsh, University of Toronto – Personality-Targeted Advertisements

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jacob Hirsh of the University of Toronto examines how the effectiveness of advertisements could be improved by ignoring demographics and focusing on the customer’s personality.

Jacob Hirsh is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. His teaching and research interests include emotion, self-regulation, and decision-making, as well as social neuroscience. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner, University of Toronto – Egyptian Archaeology

Brian Summers, courtesy of University of Toronto

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner of the University of Toronto reveals some recent finds from an archaeological excavation in Abydos, Egypt.

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