Abhishek Jaywant, MA

Fifth-year doctoral student, Clinical Psychology
2011 MA, Boston University
2009 BS, McGill University

Research Interests

I am interested in social cognition, biological motion, and the link between visual perception and motor function in Parkinson’s disease. More generally, I am interested in rehabilitation of neurological disorders.

Current Projects

I’m currently testing participants for my NRSA project. The goal of this project is to investigate how patients with Parkinson’s disease perceive the movement of other people, and to test a novel intervention to improve the motor deficits that PD patients experience. I’m analyzing the initial results and beginning to write my dissertation, which I hope to defend this spring.

Relevant Experience

During my time at McGill, I worked as a student and research assistant with Dr. Marc Pell in the Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab. I mainly worked on a study investigating how we perceive social/personality attributes of individuals with Parkinson’s disease based on their voice. I was also involved in studies looking at how healthy adults process emotions from vocal and facial stimuli, using priming and eye-tracking paradigms. At the Vision and Cognition Lab, I’m working on my dissertation project investigating biological motion perception in Parkinson’s disease. My clinical experiences include CBT for mood/anxiety at CARD, and neuropsychological assessment/treatment at the Boston VA and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Hobbies & Pastimes

In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, reading, watching sports (basketball and especially hockey, in true Canadian fashion), and travelling when I can afford it.


Jaywant, A., Musto, G., Neargarder, S., Stavitsky Gilbert, K., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (in review). The effect of Parkinson’s disease subgroups on verbal and nonverbal fluency.

Jaywant, A., & Pell, M. D. (2012). Categorical processing of negative emotions from speech prosody. Speech Communication, 54(1), 1-10.

Pell, M. D., Jaywant, A., Monetta, L., & Kotz, S. A. (2011). Emotional speech processing: Disentangling the effects of prosody and semantic cues. Cognition & Emotion, 25(5), 834-853.

Jaywant, A., & Pell, M. D. (2010). Listener impressions of speakers with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16(1), 49-57.

Published Abstracts and Presentations

Jaywant, A.,Musto, G., Toner, C.K., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (April, 2012). Differential use of production strategies to facilitate nonverbal fluency in normal aging and Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented at the 2012 biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Jaywant, A., Toner, C. K., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (February, 2012). The effects of normal aging and Parkinson’s disease on design fluency. Poster presented at the 40th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Montreal, Canada.

Pell, M. D., Jaywant, A., Monetta, L., & Kotz, S. A. (May, 2010). The contributions of prosody and semantic context in emotional speech processing. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Speech Prosody, 2010, Chicago, IL.

Jaywant, A., & Pell, M. D. (April, 2010). Betrayed by the voice: how Parkinson’s disease affects impressions of personality and social competence. Poster presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, Canada.