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Scheurich, R., Palmer, C., Kaya, B., Agostino, C., & Sheldon, S. (2021). Evidence for a visual bias when recalling complex narratives. To appear in PLoS One.

Pfordresher, P., Greenspon, E., Friedman, A., & Palmer, C. (2021). Spontaneous production rates in music and speechFrontiers in Psychology, 12, 611867. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.611867


Wright, S.E., & Palmer, C. (2020). Physiological and behavioural factors in musicians' performance tempo. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 311. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.00311

Mathias, B., Zamm, A., Gianferrara, P.G., Ross, B., & Palmer, C. (2020). Rhythm complexity modulates behavioural and neural dynamics during auditory-motor synchronization. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 1864-1880.

Scheurich, R., Pfordresher, P.Q., & Palmer, C. (2020). Musical training enhances temporal adaptation of auditory-motor synchronization . Experimental Brain Research, 238, 81-92. doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05692-y.


Scheurich, R., Demos, A., Zamm, A., Mathias, B., & Palmer, C. (2019). Capturing intra- and inter-brain dynamics with recurrence quantification analysis. In A.K. Goel, C.M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2748-2754). Montreal, QC: Cognitive Science Society.

Palmer, C. (2019). A postdoc is not the only career option for new Psychology PhDs. Presented at the WiCS-Canada meeting, Waterloo ON, June.

Lagrois, M.-E., Palmer, C., & Peretz, I. (2019). Poor synchronization to musical beat generalizes to speech. Brain Sciences, 9, 1-20. doi:10.3390/brainsci9070157

Demos, A.P., Layeghi, H., Wanderley, M.M., & Palmer, C. (2019). Staying together: A bidirectional delay-coupled approach to joint action. Cognitive Science, 43. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12766

Schultz, B.G., & Palmer, C. (2019). The roles of musical expertise and sensory feedback in beat keeping and joint action. Psychological Research, 83(3), 419–431. doi: 10.1007/s00426-019-01156-8

Mathias, B., Gehring, W.J., & Palmer, C. (2019). Electrical brain responses reveal sequential constraints on planning during music performance. Brain Sciences, 9, 25. doi:10.3390/brainsci9020025

Palmer, C., Spidle, F., Koopmans, E., Schubert, P. (2019). Ears, head and eyes: When singers synchronize. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72(9), 2272-2287. doi:10.1177/1747021819833968

Palmer, C., & Scheurich, R. (2019). Musicians in action: Solo and ensemble performance. In J. Rentfrow & D. Levitin (Eds), Foundations in Music Psychology: Theory and Research (pp.751-779). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Zamm, A., Wang, Y., & Palmer, C. (2018). Musicians' natural frequencies of performance display optimal temporal stability. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 33, 432-440.

Scheurich, R., Zamm, A., & Palmer, C. (2018). Tapping into rate flexibility: Musical training facilitates synchronization around spontaneous production rates. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00458.

Zamm, A., Debener, S., Bauer, A-K.R., Bleichner, M.G., Demos, A.P., & Palmer, C. (2018). Amplitude envelope correlations measure synchronous cortical oscillations in performing musicians. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Caramiaux, B., Bevilacqua, F., Wanderley, M.M., & Palmer, C. (2018). Dissociable effects of practice variability on learning motor and timing skills. PLoS ONE, 13(3): e0193580.


Zamm, A., Palmer, C., Bauer, A.-K. R., Bleichner, M.G., Demos, A.P., & Debener, S. (2017). Synchronizing MIDI and wireless EEG measurements during natural piano performance. Brain Research, doi:

Palmer, C., & Zamm, A. (2017). Interactions in ensemble music performance: Empirical and mathematical accounts. In M. Lessaffre, M. Leman, P.-J. Maes (Eds), The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction (pp. 370-379). London: Routledge.

Caramiaux, B., Bevilacqua, B., Palmer, C., & Wanderley, M.M. (2017). Individuality in piano performance depends on skill learning. In Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Movement Computing, London UK (MOCO'17).

Demos, A.P., Carter, D.J., Wanderley, M.M., & Palmer, C. (2017). The unresponsive partner: Roles of social status, auditory feedback, and animacy in coordination of joint music performance. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00149.

Mathias, B., Gehring, W. J., & Palmer, C. (2017). Auditory N1 reveals planning and monitoring processes during music performance. Psychophysiology, 54, 235-247.


Schultz, B.G., O'Brien, I., Phillips, N., McFarland, D.H., Titone, D., & Palmer, C. (2016). Speech rates converge in scripted turn-taking conversations. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37, 1201-1220. doi:10.1017/S0142716415000545.

Click here for beat-tracker algorithm (matlab scripts used in Schultz et al, 2016) and sample .wav file (not used in Schultz et al., 2016).

Mathias, B., Tillmann, B., & Palmer, C. (2016). Sensory, cognitive, and sensorimotor learning effects in recognition memory for music. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 1111-1126. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00958.
In the news: Playing an instrument enhances pitch perception

Gingras, B., Palmer, C., Schubert, P.N., & McAdams, S. (2016). Influence of melodic emphasis, texture, salience, and performer individuality on performance errors. Psychology of Music, 44, 847-863.

Zamm, A., Wellman, C., & Palmer, C. (2016). Endogenous rhythms influence interpersonal synchrony. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 42, 161-166.
In the news: Find a partner who marches to the beat of your own drum

Livingstone, S.R., & Palmer, C. (2016). Head movements encode emotions during speech and song. Emotion, 16, 365-380.
In the news: Our head movements convey emotions

Mathias, B., Lidji, P., Honing, H., Palmer, C., & Peretz, I. (2016). Electrical brain responses to beat irregularities in two cases of beat deafness. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10, 40. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00040.


Van Hedger, S.C., Hogstrom, A., Palmer, C., & Nusbaum, H.C. (2015). Sleep consolidation of musical competence. Music Perception, 33, 163-178. Re-published in 2019 special issue of Music Perception.

Livingstone, S.R., Thompson, W.F., Wanderley, M.M., & Palmer, C. (2015). Common cues to emotion in the dynamic facial expressions of speech and song. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 952-970.

Maes, P.J., Wanderley, M.M., & Palmer, C. (2015). The role of working memory in the temporal control of discrete and continuous movements. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 263-273, doi:10.1007.

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.

Palmer, C. (2015). Listening, imagining, performing: Melody as a life cycle of musical thought. Music Perception, 33, 3-11.

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. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-4140-5.

Mathias, B., Palmer, C., Perrin, F., & Tillmann, B. (2015). Sensorimotor learning enhances expectations during auditory perception. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 2238-2254.
In the news: How the brain recognizes familiar music.


Maes, P.-J., Leman, M., Palmer, C. & Wanderley, M.M. (2014). Action-based effects on music perception. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 1008. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.01008.
Les effets de l’action sur la perception de la musique. Publié dans Frontiers in Psychology le 03 janvier 2014. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.01008. Cette traduction est publiée avec l’autorisation de la revue et des auteurs.

Palmer, C., Lidji, P., & Peretz, I. (2014). Losing the beat: Deficits in temporal coordination. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 369, 20130405.

Quinto, L.R., Thompson, W.F., Kroos, C., & Palmer, C. (2014). Singing emotionally: A study of pre-production, production, and post-production facial expressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00262.

Brown, R.M., & Palmer, C. (2013). Auditory and motor imagery modulate learning in music performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 320. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00320.

Brown, R.M., Chen, J., Hollinger, A., Penhune, V., Palmer, C., & Zatorre, R. (2013). Repetition suppression in auditory-motor regions to pitch and temporal structure in music. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 313-328.

Goebl, W., & Palmer, C. (2013). Temporal control and hand movement efficiency in skilled music performance. PLoS One 8: e50901. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050901.

Palmer, C., & Loehr, J.D. (2013). Meeting of two minds in duet piano performance. In L. F. Bernstein and A. Rozin (Eds.), Musical implications: Essays in honor of Eugene Narmour (pp. 323-338). Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press.

Palmer, C. (2013). Music performance: Movement and coordination. In D. Deutsch (Ed.), The Psychology of Music, Third Ed (pp. 405-422). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Press.

Palmer, C., Spidle, F., Koopmans, E., & Schubert, P. (2013). Temporal coordination in vocal duet performances of musical rounds. In R. Bresin & A. Askenfelt (Eds), Proceedings of the Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference (pp. 678-682), KTH Royal Institute of Technology: Stockholm.

Altenmüller, E., Demorest, S.M., Fujioka, T., Halpern, A.R., Hannon, E.E., Loui, P., Majno, M., Oechslin, M.S., Osborne, N., Overy, K., Palmer, C., Peretz, I., Pfordresher, P.Q., Särkämö, T., Wan, C.Y., & Zatorre, R.J. (2012). Introduction to The Neurosciences and music IV: learning and memory. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252, 1-16.

Brown, R.M., & Palmer, C. (2012). Auditory-motor learning influences auditory memory for music. Memory & Cognition, 40, 567-578.

Livingstone, S.R., Palmer, C., & Schubert, E. (2012). Emotional response to musical repetition. Emotion, 12, 552-567.

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.

Pivneva, I., Palmer, C., & Titone, D. (2012). Inhibitory control and L2 proficiency modulate bilingual language production: Evidence from spontaneous monologue and dialogue speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 57.

Dalla Bella, S., & Palmer, C. (2011). Rate effects on timing, key velocity, and finger kinematics in piano performance. PLoS ONE, 6, e20518. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020518.

Lidji, P., Palmer, C., Peretz, I., & Morningstar, M. (2011). Entrainment to speech and song. In A. Williamon, D. Edwards, & L. Bartel (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science (pp. 123-128). EAC: Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Lidji, P., Palmer, C., Peretz, I., & Morningstar, M. (2011). Listeners feel the beat: Entrainment to English and French speech rhythms. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 1035-1041.

Livingstone, S., Palmer, C., Wanderley, M.M., Thompson, W.F., & Lissemore, J. (2011). Facial expressions in vocal performance: Visual communication of emotion. In A. Williamon, D. Edwards, & L. Bartel (Eds.) , Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science (pp. 545-550). EAC: Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Loehr, J.D., & Palmer, C. (2011). Temporal coordination between performing musicians. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 2153-2167.

Loehr, J.D., Large, E.W., & Palmer, C. (2011). Temporal coordination and adaptation to rate change in music performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1292-1309.

Pfordresher, P.Q., Keller, P.E., Koch, I., Palmer, C., & Yildirim, E. (2011). Activation of learned action sequences by auditory feedback. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 544-549.

Phillips-Silver, J., Toiviainen, P., Gosselin, N., Piché, O., Nozaradan, S., Palmer, C., & Peretz, I. (2011). Born to dance but beat deaf: A new form of congenital amusia. Neuropsychologia, 49, 961-969.

Mathias, B., Palmer, C., Pfordresher, P.Q., & Anderson, M.F. (2010). 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.


Goebl, W., & Palmer, C. (2009). Synchronization of timing and motion among performing musicians. Music Perception, 26, 427-438.

Goebl, W., & Palmer, C. (2009). Finger motion in piano performance: Touch and tempo. In A. Williamon, S. Pretty, & R. Buck (Eds.) , Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science (pp. 65-70). EAC: Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Livingstone, S.R., Schubert, E., Loehr, J.D., & Palmer, C. (2009). Emotional arousal and the automatic detection of musical phrase. In A. Williamon, S. Pretty, & R. Buck (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Performance Science (pp. 445–450). Utrecht: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).

Loehr, J.D., & Palmer, C. (2009). Sequential and biomechanical factors constrain timing and motion in tapping. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41, 128-136.

Loehr, J.D., & Palmer, C. (2009). Subdividing the beat: Auditory and motor contributions to synchronization. Music Perception, 26, 415-425.

Palmer, C., Koopmans, E., Carter, C., Loehr, J.D., & Wanderley, M. (2009). Synchronization of motion and timing in clarinet performance. In A. Williamon, S. Pretty, & R. Buck (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Performance Science. Utrecht: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).

Palmer, C., Jewett, L.R., & Steinhauer, K. (2009). Effects of context on electrophysiological responses to musical accents. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169, 470-480.

Palmer, C., Koopmans, E., Loehr, J.D., & Carter, C. (2009). Movement-related feedback and temporal accuracy in clarinet performance. Music Perception, 26, 439-449.

Goebl, W., & Palmer, C. (2008). Tactile feedback and timing accuracy in piano performance. Experimental Brain Research, 186, 471-479.

Hutchins, S., & Palmer, C. (2008). Repetition priming in music. The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34, 693-707.

Palmer, C. (2008). Music and the pursuit of truth. Music Perception. 25, 487.

Palmer, C., Carter, C., Koopmans, E. & Loehr, J.D. (2007). Movement, planning, and music: Motion coordinates of skilled performance. In E. Schubert, K. Buckley, R. Eliott, B. Koboroff, J. Chen, C. Stevens (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Communication Science (pp. 119-122). Sydney, Australia: University of Western Sydney.

Pfordresher, P.Q., Palmer, C., & Jungers, M. K. (2007). Speed, accuracy, and serial order in sequence production. Cognitive Science, 26, 1-37.

Loehr, J.D., & Palmer, C. (2007). Cognitive and biomechanical influences in pianists' finger tapping. Experimental Brain Research, 178, 518-528.

Schendel, Z.A., & Palmer, C. (2007). Suppression effects on musical and verbal memory. Memory & Cognition, 35, 640-650.

Dalla Bella, S., & Palmer, C. (2006). Personal identifiers in musicians' finger movement dynamics. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, Supplement, G84.

Palmer, C. (2006). The nature of memory for music performance skills. In E. Altenmüller, M. Wiesendanger, J. Kesselring (Eds.), Music, Motor Control and the Brain, pp 39-53. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Palmer, C., & Hutchins, S. (2006). What is musical prosody?. In B. H. Ross (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 46, pp 245-278. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Press.

Pfordresher, P.Q., & Palmer, C. (2006). Effects of hearing the past, present, or future during music performance. Perception & Psychophysics, 68, 362-376.

Palmer, C. (2005a). Sequence memory in music performance. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14, 247-250.

Palmer, C. (2005b). Time course of retrieval and movement preparation in music performance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1060, 360-367.

Earlier work

Highben, Z., & Palmer, C. (2004). Effects of auditory and motor mental practice in memorized piano performance. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 159, 58-65.

Palmer, C., & Dalla Bella, S. (2004). Movement amplitude and tempo change in piano performance. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 115, 2590.

Finney, S. A., & Palmer, C. (2003). Auditory feedback and memory for music performance: Sound evidence for an encoding effect. Memory & Cognition, 31, 51-64.

Meyer, R. K., & Palmer, C. (2003). Temporal and motor transfer in music performance. Music Perception, 21, 81-104.

Palmer, C., & Jungers, M.K. (2003). Music cognition. In L. Nadel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, 3, 155-158.

Palmer, C., & Pfordresher, P.Q. (2003). Incremental planning in sequence production. Psychological Review, 110, 683-712.

Jungers, M. K., Palmer, C., & Speer, S.R. (2002). Time after time: the coordinating influence of tempo in music and speech. Cognitive Processing, 1, 21-35.

Large, E.W., & Palmer, C. (2002). Perceiving temporal regularity in music. Cognitive Science, 26, 1-37.

Pfordresher, P.Q., & Palmer, C. (2002). Effects of delayed auditory feedback on timing in music performance. Psychological Research, 16, 71-79.

Palmer, C., Jungers, M.K., & Jusczyk, P.W. (2001). Episodic memory for musical prosody. Journal of Memory and Language, 45, 526-545.

Drake, C., & Palmer, C. (2000). Skill acquisition in music performance: relations between planning and temporal control. Cognition, 74, 1-33.

Palmer, C., & Meyer, R.K. (2000). Conceptual and motor learning in music performance. Psychological Science, 11, 63-68.

Palmer, C., & Pfordresher, P.Q. (2000). From my hand to your ear: the faces of meter in performance and perception. In C. Woods, G. Luck, R. Brochard, F. Seddon & J. A. Sloboda (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Keele, UK: Keele University.

Palmer, C. (1997). Music performance. Annual Review of Psychology, 48, 155-138.

Palmer, C., & van de Sande, C. (1993). Units of knowledge in music performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and
Cognition, 19
, 457-470.

Palmer, C. (1989). Mapping musical thought to musical performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 15, 331-346.

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