I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Music and Neuroscience Lab at the University of Western Ontario, working within the Brain and Mind Institute. Before arriving at Western, I was a postdoc in the Max Planck Research Group “Auditory Cognition” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany (now the Obleser Lab at the University of Lübeck). I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology in 2011 from Bowling Green State University (in the Timing, Attention, and Perception Lab now at Michigan State University).
I am interested in how synchronization between brain rhythms and environmental rhythms (for example, musical rhythm) shapes auditory perception. I'm currently investigating whether and how synchronization of brain rhythms with musical rhythms gives rise to the perception of a “beat”, and how beat perception in turn influences our perception of the individual events making up rhythms. In the long run, I'm interested in how individual differences in brain–environment synchronization might lead to individual differences in perception and impairments that accompany aging, atypical development, or disordered states.
My original training is in behavioral methods and auditory psychophysics, applied to studying rhythm and time perception. I combine this expertise with cutting-edge analyses of EEG data to investigate how neural oscillations and neural entrainment influence auditory perception. Coming to Western has given me a unique opportunity to bring together my expertise in analysis of brain signals with my original interests in rhythm and music perception.