2016 Visitors

Trevor McPherson

The University of North Carolina

Trevor McPherson is visiting MARCS for a period of 8 weeks (May - July 2016) to work on a joint project with Prof. Peter Keller, PhD student Peta Mills, and Dr. Chris Stanton. His visit from the U.S.A. (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is funded by an The University Of North Carolina Scholars Program.

The project at MARCS examines the relationship between participants and their beliefs about their partner when drumming in synchronisation with a robot. The experiment divines into how information alters perception of and performance during a rhythmic task, while examining preference for a human-like or robot-like partner. Trevor's time at MARCS connects his interest in cognitive psychology to his musical background, giving him an opportunity to explore a unique field of research.

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Dr Renee Timmers

The University of Sheffield

Dr Renee Timmers is visiting MARCS for a period of 5 months (March - July 2016) to work on a joint project with Prof. Peter Keller, Dr. Jennifer McRitchie and Dr. Manuel Varlet. Her visit from the UK (The University of Sheffield) is funded by an International Academic Fellowship of the Leverhulme Trust.

The project at MARCS investigates the role of visual and motor information for the synchronisation between pairs of musicians gained by watching hand movements of the co-performer. Correspondingly, the role for synchronisation will be tested of two brain areas related to motor simulation and visual-audio sensory integration using transcannial magnetic stimulation. This project relates to Renee's wider interests in ensemble performance, and the role of cross-modal information in music perception and performance.

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Previous 2015 Visitors

Kohei Miyata

University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr Kohei Miyata is visiting MARCS Institute until March 2016 and will be working with Associate Professor Peter Keller, Professor Kate Stevens, and Dr Manuel Varlet.

The main interest of Kohei's research is the perception and action dynamics in the musical context, such as street dancing and music performance. He combines behavioral and theoretical approaches to understand the coordination property of our movement with external rhythm.

His research aim while visiting MARCS is to understand the property of interpersonal coordination during dancing, in collaboration with Peter, Kate and Manuel.

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Dr Fatima Wachowicz

Federal University of Bahaia (UFBA), Brazil

Dr Fatima Wachowicz is visiting MARCS Institute on a short-term basis as part of a Postdoctoral Fellowship granted by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Foundation, a foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil.

Dr Wachowicz is collaborating with Professor Kate Stevens, leader of our Music Cognition and Action program, for a period of 12 months beginning in August 2014.

In her postdoctoral research, Dr Wachowicz will apply rigorous methods from experimental cognitive psychology to examine the psychological validity of Overlie's "Viewpoints" in creating and responding to modern dance.

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Elizabeth Johnson

University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Elizabeth Johnson visited MARCS until June 2015, working with Professor Anne Cutler and Dr Michael Tyler in our Speech and Language research program.

Her main line of research is focused on understanding how children acquire their native language(s). A sampling of topics recently under study in her lab include the development of spoken word recognition, and how infants learn to cope with connected speech processes and segment words from speech

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Dr Michael Yip

The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China

Dr. Michael Yip is an experimental psycholinguist by graduate training and his recent research interest involves different areas of Cognitive Science. He joined the HKIEd in August 2008 as an Associate Professor.

His research visit to MARCS in early 2015 aimed to create intense discussion of several research projects (including recognition of code-switched words with eye-tracking system, L2 learning, etc.) with Professor Anne Cutler and other colleagues at MARCS Institute.

He also advised Anne and Dr Mark Antoniou on the testing materials (and research design) for the Chinese word recognition experiments in the context of the ARC grant "Native Language Advantages".

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Dr Ao Chen

Utrecht University, The Netherlands and Beijing University, China

Dr Ao Chen visited MARCS in early 2015 on a short-term basis as part of the Australian Government's Endeavour Research Fellowship program.

Her research project aims to investigate the development and degree of domain modularity by means of infant studies (i) investigating the degree to which musical and linguistic pitch are perceived separately, and (ii) comparing behavioural and neural responses in each domain.

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Jessie Nixon

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Jessie Nixon is visited MARCS Institute on a short-term basis as part of the Australian Government's Endeavour Research Fellowship program.

Jessie worked at MARCS until May 2015 and was supervised by Professor Cathi Best. Her research aims to illuminate one of the fundamental puzzles of human cognition and language processing. That is, how do we process highly variant, non-discrete perceptual information in such a way as to comprehend an incoming signal?

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Dr Laurel Trainor

MacMaster University, Ontario Canada

Dr Laurel Trainor visited MARCS Institute on a short-term basis through our Music Cognition and Action research program in early 2015.

She is Director of the Auditory Development Lab at McMaster University and the Director of McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind (MIMM).

Dr Trainor studies the perception of sound in infants, children, and adults, as well as the acquisition of music and language.

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