Jacqueline Zimmermann
Jacqueline Zimmermann, Ph.D.
Scientist
Human Factors
Los Angeles

Dr. Zimmermann has training in human perception and cognition, long-term memory, and audition, with specialized knowledge of cognitive changes across the lifespan and in clinical populations. Her expertise has been applied to assessing and understanding how driver and pedestrian variables such as age, attention, cognitive load, experience and expectancy of hazards influence perception and response to roadway hazards. In addition, she investigates how these human factors interact with environmental conditions such as visibility, road conditions, and conspicuity of hazards. Dr. Zimmermann combines knowledge of human psychology and neuroscience with complex statistical and computational techniques to evaluate a wide array of accident scenarios involving vehicles, consumer products or trip-and-fall incidents. She oversees and independently designs cognitive and behavioral experiments, and tests and interprets human behavioral and neuroscience data based on scientific literature reviews.

Dr. Zimmermann joined Exponent with a PhD and Master’s degree in Psychology from University of Toronto, with a Cognitive Neuroscience sub-specialization. She was awarded over 15 awards at Institutional, National and International levels throughout her graduate studies, speaking towards her proficiency in communicating complex scientific issues to a wide audience. Dr. Zimmermann’s doctoral dissertation employed behavioral and brain-imaging techniques to address how our ability to react to our environments is influenced by long-term memory and familiarity with those environments. She has knowledge of signal processing and detection theory, human perceptual hearing deficits as well as the effects of noisy environments on the ability to interpret auditory information. She has been an Instructor at the University of Toronto in Human Memory and Psychology and the Law, and has also worked as a psychometrist to gauge cognitive and motor impairments in various clinical groups (HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, various auditory cognitive impairments) and to assess decline with age.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2018
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • B.Sc., Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2013
  • Selected University of Toronto Scholar of 2012: Among top 20 students at University of Toronto in 2012

    International and private:

    Weston Brain Institute International Fellowship in Neuroscience, 2017-2018

    Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Network, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, 2015

    National:

    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Doctorate Scholarship, 2016 – 2018

    McCuaig-Throop Bursary, 2017

    NSERC-Create, Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Biomedical program, 2014-2015

    Institutional:

    Learning and Developmental Award, Baycrest Hospital, 2018

    School of Graduate Studies Travel Award, 2018

    Men’s Service Group Graduate Fellowship, Rotman Research Institute, 2017

    Jack and Rita Catherall Fund, Baycrest Hospital, 2017

    School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant, 2017

    Mary Gertrude I’Anson Scholarship, 2016

    Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship, 2015

    University wide Margaret and Nicholas Fodor Fellowship, 2014

    University wide Agnes M. Ireland Award, 2013

    I.M. Spigel Memorial Scholarship in Psychology, 2013

LANGUAGES

  • Czech

Publications

Todd J, Zimmermann J, Dunning A, Krauss K. Behavior of electric scooter operators in naturalistic environments. Society of Automotive Engineers, 9SS-0320/2019-01-1007, 2018.

Zimmermann J, Butler C. Accelerated long-term forgetting in asymptomatic APOE ε4 carriers. The Lancet Neurology 2018; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(18)30078-4

Zimmermann J, Moscovitch M, Alain C. Attending to auditory memory. Brain Research 2015; doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2015.11.032

Zimmermann J, Moscovitch M, & Alain C. Long-term memory biases auditory spatial attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition 2017; doi:10.1037/xlm0000398

Presentations

Public Engagements

Zimmermann J. Brain Spotlight series. Oral Presentation. University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2017. (https://morethanadodo.com/2017/09/21/all-about-alzheimers/)

Conference Presentations

Zimmermann J, Alain C, Butler C. Healthy and impaired memory-guided attention. Oral Presentation, International Conference on Learning and Memory, Irvine, CA, 2018.

Zimmermann J. Memory-guided attention in individuals with genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Oral Presentation, Oxford Brooke’s University Research Seminar, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2017.

Zimmermann J, Moscovitch M, Alain C. Long-term memory guides auditory spatial attention: An event-related potential study. Poster presentation, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, 2017.

Zimmermann J, Alain C, Perrin F. Music and externalization enhances self-relevant processing. Poster presentation, BRAMS symposium, Montreal, Canada, 2015.

Zimmermann J, Moscovitch M, Alain C. Long-term memory influences the deployment of auditory attention as revealed by neuromagnetic recordings. Poster presentation, SFN 44th Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2014.

Zimmermann J, Van Lieshout P. Do scary sounds make you sweat: Cognitive and physiological responses to threatening auditory stimuli. Oral presentation, UHN Toronto Rehab Institute's Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2012.

Academic Appointments

Instructor, Psychology Department, University of Toronto, 2016

Professional Affiliations

Society of Automotive Engineers

Society for Neuroscience

Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Network

Project Experience

Conducted research in vehicular class action cases to assess potential human factors contributions to the alleged defect.

Analyzed cases regarding human perception and performance and response time, and influences of both internal driver variables such as age, attention, cognitive load, experience, as well as external variables such as weather, road conditions, nighttime visibility, distraction etc.

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

eLife Scientific Journal

Experimental Brain Research

“Memory and Behaviour”, Oxford University Press Canada

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2018
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • B.Sc., Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2013
  • Selected University of Toronto Scholar of 2012: Among top 20 students at University of Toronto in 2012

    International and private:

    Weston Brain Institute International Fellowship in Neuroscience, 2017-2018

    Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Network, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, 2015

    National:

    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Doctorate Scholarship, 2016 – 2018

    McCuaig-Throop Bursary, 2017

    NSERC-Create, Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Biomedical program, 2014-2015

    Institutional:

    Learning and Developmental Award, Baycrest Hospital, 2018

    School of Graduate Studies Travel Award, 2018

    Men’s Service Group Graduate Fellowship, Rotman Research Institute, 2017

    Jack and Rita Catherall Fund, Baycrest Hospital, 2017

    School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant, 2017

    Mary Gertrude I’Anson Scholarship, 2016

    Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship, 2015

    University wide Margaret and Nicholas Fodor Fellowship, 2014

    University wide Agnes M. Ireland Award, 2013

    I.M. Spigel Memorial Scholarship in Psychology, 2013

LANGUAGES

  • Czech