Current Members

  • Dr. Caroline Palmer (caroline.palmer (at) mcgill.ca), Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, McGill.
  • Dr. Valentin Bégel (valentin.begel (at) mcgill.ca), Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill.
  • Dr. Jessica Slater (jessica.slater (at) mcgill.ca), Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill.
  • Rebecca Scheurich (rebecca.scheurich (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Shannon Wright (shannon.eilyce.wright (at) mail.mcgill.ca), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Lee Whitehorne (lee.whitehorne (at) mail.mcgill.ca), MSc, Experimental Psychology, McGill.
  • Brenda Lynn Koborsy (brenda.koborsy (at) mail.mcgill.ca), BSc, Biochemistry, McGill.
  • Yuki Landry (yuki.landry (at) mail.mcgill.ca), BMus, Performance Violin, McGill.
  • Samantha Mitchell (samantha.mitchell (at) mail.mcgill.ca), BA & Sci, Cognitive Science, McGill.
  • Khetsia Mondésir (khetsia.mondesir (at) mail.mcgill.ca), BA Honours, Psychology, McGill.
  • Ella Sahlas (ella.sahlas (at) mail.mcgill.ca), BSc, Neuroscience, McGill.
  • Michelle Wang (michelle.wang6 (at) mail.mcgill.ca), BSc, Neuroscience, McGill.

Dr. Caroline Palmer

Caroline 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.


Valentin Bégel

Valentin obtained a NSERC-CREATE postdoctoral fellowship to join the SPL in September 2019. He completed his PhD in human movement science at the University of Montpellier (France) in 2017 and worked for 2 years as a postdoc at the University of Lille. He conducted research on rhythm perception and production, with a focus on the use of rhythm as a rehabilitation tool. At the SPL, Valentin uses non-linear dynamic approaches combined with physiological measures to investigate synchronization between individuals in social contexts.

  • Bégel, V., Seilles, A., & Dalla Bella, S. (2018). Rhythm Workers: A music-based serious game for training rhythm skills. Music & Science. 1, 1-16.
  • Bégel, V., Verga, L., Benoit, C. -E., Kotz, S. A., & Dalla Bella, S. (2018). Test-retest reliability of the Battery for the Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (BAASTA). Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 61(6), 395-400.
  • Bégel, V., Benoit, C. -E., Correa, A., Cutanda, D., Kotz, S. A., & Dalla Bella, S. (2017). “Lost in Time” but still moving to the beat. Neuropsychologia, 94(1), 129-138.
  • Bégel, V., Di Loreto, I., Seilles, A., & Dalla Bella, S. (2017). Music games: potential application and considerations for rhythmic training. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 273.

Jessica Slater

Jessica joined the Sequence Production Lab as a Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) postdoctoral fellow in September 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford University, and obtained her PhD at Northwestern University with Pr. Nina Kraus, where she studied auditory processing and cognition in different types of musicians. Her first postdoc was in the Neurosurgery department at Northwestern, where she investigated connectivity in attention networks using neuroimaging and intraoperative ECoG. Her current work investigates timing-related deficits and neural dynamics as potential phenotypes of ADHD.

  • Slater, J.L., and Tate, M.C. (2018). Timing Deficits in ADHD: Insights From the Neuroscience of Musical Rhythm. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 12(51).
  • Slater J, Kraus N, Woodruff Carr K, Tierney A, Azem A, Ashley R. (2017) Speech-in-noise perception is linked to rhythm production skills in adult percussionists and non-musicians. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. doi:10.1080/23273798.2017.1411960.
  • Slater J, Ashley R, Tierney A, Kraus N (2017) Got Rhythm? Better Inhibitory Control Is Linked with More Consistent Drumming and Enhanced Neural Tracking of the Musical Beat in Adult Percussionists and Nonpercussionists Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01189
  • Slater J, Azem A, Nicol T, Swedenborg B, Kraus N (2017) Variations on the theme of musical expertise: cognitive and sensory processing in percussionists, vocalists and non-musicians. European Journal of Neuroscience. 45(7): 952-963.

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.


Shannon Wright

Shannon WrightShannon joined the Sequence Production Lab as a doctoral student in September 2018. She completed her Bachelor degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, where she conducted her Honours research on musically-induced emotions. Shannon then completed a Master’s degree at the University of Jyväskylä in Music, Mind, and Technology, where she studied audiomotor synchronisation during varied states of physiological arousal. Her current research investigates physiological markers involved in spontaneous motor production rates in musicians and non-musicians.


Lee Whitehorne 

Lee joined the Sequence Production Lab in May 2020 on an NSERC summer award, before beginning graduate studies at McGill in Experimental Psychology. He previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Music, at the University of Victoria. His past research has examined how the mind organizes syntax from pitch events within musical sequences. Lee continues to explore research at the intersection of music and language; his current research addresses the perceptual and motor mechanisms that underlie how we synchronize auditory behaviours.


Brenda Lynn Koborsy

Brenda Lynn Koborsy is an undergraduate student in the SPL who is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Science, majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in genetic foundations underlying rhythm and attention processes and she volunteers at the MNI with patient populations. Brenda is currently conducting research at the SPL examining rhythm processing in adults with and without attention deficit disorders.


Yuki Landry

Yuki is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor's degree in Music with double majors in Performance Violin and Psychology. She is interested in the cognitive processes related to music performance and more broadly, performance science. She is currently involved in a research project in the SPL that investigates musicians' circadian rhythms and how they have been affected by the current global COVID-19 pandemic.


Samantha Mitchell

Samantha is an undergraduate student completing her Bachelor's degree in Arts & Science, majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. Samantha joined the Sequence Production Lab in September 2019. She is working on an investigation of timing deficits and neural processing of rhythm in patients with ADHD.


Khetsia Mondésir

Khetsia is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Arts. She was recently admitted into McGill's Honours Psychology program and is also doing a minor in Études et pratiques littéraires. She is generally interested in understanding the complexities of ADHD as they pertain to cognition and emotions. She joined the Sequence Production Lab in Fall 2020 to study musical rhythm perception and cognitive inhibition in individuals with and without ADHD.


Ella Sahlas

Ella is an undergraduate student completing her Bachelor's degree in Science, majoring in Neuroscience at McGill. Ella joined the Sequence Production Lab in the summer of 2019. She is interested in how the nervous system processes sensory stimuli, and she is currently working in the SPL on the neural correlates of auditory-motor synchronisation. She is also involved in a research project examining the dependency of human perceptual behaviour on sensory and non-sensory factors.


Michelle Wang 

Michelle is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Computer Science. She is interested in computational neuroscience, music production and brain imaging. She joined the Sequence Production Lab in Fall 2020 to investigate whether non-linear dynamics models can explain how people’s auditory-motor synchronization abilities change when they perform auditory tasks with partners.

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