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  • Dr. Caroline Palmer (caroline.palmer (at) mcgill.ca), Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, McGill.
  • Dr. Baptiste Caramiaux (baptiste.caramiaux (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill.
  • Brian Mathias (brian.mathias (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Rebecca Scheurich (rebecca.scheurich (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Anna Zamm (anna.zamm (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Ewa Wanat (ewa.wanat (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Curtis Bogetti (curtis.bogetti (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Honours Undergraduate Student, McGill.
  • Fran Spidle (frances.spidle (at) mcgill.ca), Lab Coordinator, McGill.

Dr. Caroline PalmerCaroline Palmer

 Caroline Palmer's research program combines two related issues in cognitive psychology: how people remember long sequences typical of speech and music, and how they produce those sequences. Many theories of memory for speech, written language, pictures, and other human endeavors focus on the problem of serial order: knowing what comes next in a sequence. What most theories do not address is the time course of retrieval: when particular sequential (serial order) information is available, and for how long. We focus on the time course of serial order in music performance and in speech, the most complex of human skills.

See Dr. Palmer's webpage for more information (including contact information).

See selected publications.

Dr. Baptiste Caramiaux

Baptiste joined the SPL as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow, in January 2016, jointly with Prof. Wanderley. His current research focuses on computations promoting motor learning in music performance. Baptiste has conducted research at Goldsmiths University of London and IRCAM on the design of movement-computer interaction techniques for creative applications, promoting the use of a data-driven machine learning approach. He holds a PhD in computer science from University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6).

Selected Publications

  • Caramiaux, B., Donnarumma, M., & Tanaka, A. (2015). Understanding Gesture Expressivity through Muscle Sensing. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 21, 1-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2687922.
  • Caramiaux, B., Montecchio, N., Tanaka, A., & Bevilacqua, F. (December 2014). Adaptive Gesture Recognition with Variation Estimation for Interactive Systems. ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, 4, 1-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2643204.
  • Caramiaux, B., Bevilacqua, F., Bianco, T., Schnell, N., Houix, O., & P. Susini (2014). The Role of Sound Source Perception in Gestural Sound Description. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 11, 1-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2536811.

Brian Mathias

Brian joined the Sequence Production Lab as a graduate student in fall 2009. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Piano Performance with Honors at Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, Brian worked as a German Chancellor Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, where he researched long-term memory for familiar tunes in an elderly population. Brian’s current research investigates skilled musicians’ memory for musical sequences.


Rebecca Scheurich

Rebecca joined the Sequence Production Lab as a graduate student in 2015. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and Music magna cum laude at Western Washington University. After graduating, Rebecca worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington investigating the effects of synchrony on empathy and coordination between children. Her current research examines parameters of rate flexibility in musicians and non-musicians.


Anna Zamm

Anna joined the Sequence Production Lab as a graduate student in 2012. She completed her Bachelor`s degree in Music and Psychology at Indiana University, and later worked as a research assistant at the Music and Neuroimaging Lab at Beth Israel and Harvard Medical School, where she conducted research using fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging to explore the neural correlates of music perception in populations with enhanced perceptual abilities such as absolute pitch and synesthesia. Her current research uses a combination of behavioral and electroencephalographic measures to investigate how  people achieve interpersonal synchrony during joint actions such as ensemble music performance.


Ewa Wanat

Ewa joined the SPL on a Principal's Early Career Mobility Award for 2 months between McGill and the University of Glasgow. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Glasgow (UK), working on the role of rhythmic attending for non-native learners of English. In the SPL, she is conducting an experiment to investigate whether tapping to the perceived beat in speech can improve the native English listeners' comprehension of a variety of English that is unfamiliar to them.


Curtis Bogetti

Curtis joined the Sequence Production Lab as an honours undergraduate student in fall 2015. He is currently completing a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology at McGill University. Curtis was previously involved in undergraduate research in the lab of Dr Blaine Ditto, investigating the link between blood-injection-injury phobia and carbon dioxide concentration. In the SPL, Curtis is involved in a project examining the roles of adaptation and rate flexibility on synchronization abilities in music performance.

Fran Spidle

Fran joined the lab in January 2007 as lab coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto with majors in physics and philosophy, and a Master of Arts degree in music theory from McGill University. She is interested in many aspects of music cognition including rhythmic perception and production as well as synchronization.