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.
  • 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.
  • Olivia Ellis (olivia.ellis (at) mail.mcgill.ca), MSc, Experimental Psychology, McGill.
  • Hongji Jiang (hongji.jiang (at) mail.mcgill.ca), BSc, Neuroscience, McGill.
  • Ella Sahlas (ella.sahlas (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.

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.


Olivia Ellis Olivia Ellis, MSc, Experimental Psychology

Olivia joined the Sequence Production Lab in September 2021 as a Master's student in Experimental Psychology. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physics magna cum laude at the University of Ottawa, where her undergraduate research project investigated computationally whether a dyad's perceived consonance could be determined from the periodicity of neuronal spike trains. Her interests are in understanding how individual differences in musical ability change behaviour and perception of the world. Her current research addresses how musical ability influences the types of sensory details recalled from complex events.


Hongji Jiang 

Hongji is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. He is interested in uncovering the neural circuits for cognitive behaviours. His independent research project in the SPL focuses on the role of social context in mechanisms that support synchronization.


Ella Sahlas

Ella is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She joined the Sequence Production Lab in the summer of 2019. Ella is interested in how the nervous system uses sensory input to produce flexible motor responses. Currently, her Honours research project focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying sensorimotor synchronization. She has also been involved in research projects examining visual perceptual learning, timing deficits in ADHD, and neural encoding of auditory and motor rhythms.

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