- Dr. Caroline Palmer (caroline.palmer (at) mcgill.ca), Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, McGill.
- Dr. Alexander Demos (alexander.demos (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill.
- Brian Mathias (brian.mathias (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
- Anna Zamm (anna.zamm (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
- Daniel Carter (daniel.carter2 (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Honours Undergraduate Student, McGill.
- Pierre Gianferrara (pierre.gianferrara (a) mail.mcgill.ca), Honours Undergraduate Student, McGill.
- Guido Guberman (guido.guberman (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Honours Undergraduate Student, McGill.
- Chelsea Wellman (chelsea.wellman (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Honours Undergraduate Student, McGill.
- Fran Spidle (frances.spidle (at) mcgill.ca), Lab Coordinator, McGill.
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).
Alex is a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Caroline Palmer and Prof. Marcelo Wanderley at McGill University since September 2013. He received his Bachelor’s (2003) and Master's degree (2006) from New York University and PhD (2013) in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. His main research interest is how musicians’ body movement reflect the music they are performing. His current research examines the possible mechanisms that allow performers to coordinate their performance.
Demos, A.P., & Chaffin, R., & Kant, V. (2014). Toward a dynamical theory of body movement in musical performance. Frontiers in Psychology, 477.
Demos, A.P., Chaffin, R., Begosh, K. T., Daniels, J.R., & Marsh, K.L. (2012). Rocking to the beat: Effects of music and partner's movements on spontaneous interpersonal coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 49-53.
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.
Mathias, B., Pfordresher, P.Q., & Palmer, C. (2015). Context and meter enhance long-range planning in music performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 1040. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.01040.
- Mathias, B., Palmer, C., Perrin, F., & Tillmann, B. (2014). Sensorimotor learning enhances expectations during auditory perception. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu030.
- Palmer, C., Mathias, B., & Anderson, M. (2012). Sensorimotor mechanisms in music performance: Actions that go partially wrong. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252, 185-191. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu030.
- Mathias, B., Palmer, C., Pfordresher, P. Q., & Anderson, M. F. (2011). Effects of meter and serial position on memory retrieval during music performance. In A. Williamon, D. Edwards, and L. Bartel (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science (pp, 405-410). Utrecht, The Netherlands: European Association of Conservatoires.
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 investigates how auditory feedback is used when musicians coordinate with others.
- Zamm, A., Pfordresher, P.Q., & Palmer, C. (2015). Temporal coordination in joint music performance: Effects of endogenous rhythms and auditory feedback. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 607-615.
- Zamm, A., Schlaug, G., Eagleman, D. M., & Loui, P. (2013). Pathways to seeing music: Enhanced structural connectivity in colored-music synesthesia. Neuroimage, 74, 359-366.
- Loui, P., Zamm, A., & Schlaug, G. (2012). Enhanced functional networks in absolute pitch. Neuroimage, 63, 632-640.
- Loui, P., Zamm, A., & Schlaug, G. (2012). Absolute pitch and synesthesia: Two sides of the same coin? Shared and distinct neural substrates of music listening. Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, NIH Public Access
Daniel Carter joined the lab in April 2014, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Cognitive Science. Daniel is interested in sensorimotor integration and the role of gesture in performance, as well as speech/music parallels. He is presently conducting an Honours Research project in the SPL, examining synchronisation in piano duet performance with Alexander Demos.
Pierre Gianferrara joined the lab in September 2014, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree with Honours in cognitive science. He completed his music theory and piano performance training at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris. Pierre is interested in the complex relationship between sensorimotor learning and memory in music performance. He is presently conducting an honours research project in the SPL, using EEG techniques to investigate the role of auditory feedback in musicians’ representations of musical sequences with Brian Mathias.
Guido joined the lab in August 2013. He graduated from Marianopolis College in Arts & Sciences and he is presently pursuing a bachelor's in Cognitive Science. Guido is interested in higher frontal lobe functions. He is currently writing a publication on Neuroeconomics studying valuation and working alongside Brian Mathias using EEG to study the role of the frontal lobe in skilled musicians' memory for musical sequences.
Chelsea joined the lab in May 2013. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and is conducting her honours thesis in the Sequence Production Lab. Chelsea is investigating the role of auditory feedback and endogenous frequencies in how musicians coordinate with each other.
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.