Current Members

  • Dr. Caroline Palmer (caroline.palmer (at), Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, McGill.
  • Dr. Baptiste Caramiaux (baptiste.caramiaux (at), Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill.
  • Rebecca Scheurich (rebecca.scheurich (at), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Anna Zamm (anna.zamm (at), Graduate Fellow, McGill.
  • Ajin Tom(ajin.tom (at), MA, Music Technology, McGill.
  • Amy Friedman (amy.friedman (at), BA, Psychology, McGill.
  • Miranda Renda (miranda.renda (at), BA, Psychology, Political Science & Italian, McGill.
  • Kathy Tam (kathy.tam (at), BSc, Neuroscience, McGill.
  • Fran Spidle (frances.spidle (at), Lab Coordinator, 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.

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

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 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.


Ajin TomAjin Tom

Ajin Tom joined the SPL in 2018 as a research assistant. He holds a B. Technology in Electronics & Communication Eng from National Inst Technology Karnaraka (India) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Technology at McGill. His research interests lie in spatial audio, signal processing and embedded systems applications for music.

Amy FriedmanAmy Friedman

Amy is an undergraduate student in psychology at McGill who joined the Sequence Production Lab in the summer of 2018. Previously, she volunteered as a research assistant with a study on mental illness and how it is perceived in East Asian communities. Amy has had musical training in violin and piano and she is currently working on a research project examining the production of speech and music.

Miranda RendaMiranda Renda

Miranda joined the Sequence Production Lab as a McGill undergraduate student in 2018. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Political Science and Italian Studies. Miranda has been trilingual in English, French and Italian for most of her life, and is interested in speech rhythms. She is currently working on a research project examining speech and music rates.

Kathy Tam

Kathy is a third year neuroscience undergraduate student at McGill who received an NSERC-Create summer award to pursue research in the SPL. Previously, she volunteered at Douglas Hospital as a research assistant with a study on mice hippocampal time cells. She has had 10 years of musical training in piano and enjoys playing the guitar. In the SPL, Kathy is working on a project investigating cortical entrainment in performing musicians.

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.