Current Members


  • Dr. Caroline Palmer (caroline.palmer (at), Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, McGill.
  • Dr. Valentin Bégel (valentin.begel (at), Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill.
  • Shannon Wright (shannon.eilyce.wright (at), PhD candidate, McGill.
  • Wenbo Yi (wenbo.yi (at), PhD student, McGill
  • Louis Deng (boyu.deng (at), MA candidate, Music Technology, McGill.
  • Olivia Ellis (olivia.ellis (at), MSc candidate, Experimental Psychology, McGill.
  • Lee Whitehorne (lee.whitehorne (at), MSc candidate, Experimental Psychology, McGill.
  • Selva Asgharizadeh (selva.asgharizadeh (at), BSc student, Psychology, McGill.
  • Emma Tomiuk (emma.tomiuk (at), BASc student, Cognitive Science, McGill.
  • Leen Mshasha (leen.mshasha (at), BASc student, Cognitive Science, 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 BégelValentin 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., Demos, A.P., Wang, M., & Palmer, C. (2022). Social interaction and rate effects in models of synchronization. Frontiers in Psychology,
  • Wright, S., Bégel, V., & Palmer, C. (2022). Physiological influences of music in perception and action. Cambridge Elements: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Bégel, V., Bachrach, A., Dalla Bella, S., Laroche, J., Delval, A., Riquet, A., & Dellacherie, D. (2021). Dance improves motor, cognitive and social skills in children with developmental cerebellar anomalies. The Cerebellum, advance online publication.
  • 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.

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.

Louis DengLouis Deng

Louis joined the SPL as a technical assistant in Fall 2021. Louis completed his Bachelor of Science at McGill in Biochemistry and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Music Technology. His interests include digital audio signal processing, sound synthesis based on instrumental physical modelling, as well as new experimental methods of sound design.


Wenbo Yi 

Wenbo joined the SPL as a PhD student in September 2022. He studied Sound Recording at the Bachelor's and Master’s levels in China, then completed a Master’s degree in Music, Communication and Technology at the University of Oslo, Norway. Wenbo also worked at the RITMO Center of Excellence in Oslo, where his research included rhythm perception and production, linguistic rhythm, and cardiac synchrony in musical ensembles. His current research focuses on group dynamics in complex music activities. 

Lee Whitehorne 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.

Selva Asgharizadeh Selva Asgharizadeh, Psychology student

Selva is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors. She has conducted research on mentalizing and accent perception at the Language and Multilingualism Lab, as well as on effects of episodic future thinking on choice at the Sheldon Memory Lab. Her project in the SPL focuses on research on cardiac rhythms of performing musicians.

Leen Mshasha Leen Mshasha, Cognitive Science student

Leen is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Cognitive Science. She joined the Sequence Production Lab in September 2022. Her Honours research project in the SPL examines the effects of producing auditory rhythms of varying complexity on individuals' cardiac responses and their relationship to synchronization accuracy.

Emma Tomiuk Emma Tomiuk, Cognitive Science student

Emma is a second year Cognitive Science student who joined the SPL in summer 2022 on an NSERC-CREATE award. She is interested in the intersection between cognition, music, and computational modelling. Her research project in the SPL focuses on modelling synchrony and social interaction between partners in a musical task.

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