Perception and Cognition:

Studying the association between music and speech

 

I completed my PhD in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto and the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience program, in the field of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience. My dissertation research examined the association between music and speech in the brain (particularly, electroencephalography, or EEG) and behaviour. Specifically, I examined how pitch processing experience is associated with auditory and cognitive functions.

Some questions I have asked in my research include:

  • How is pitch processing in music or speech (e.g., in a tone language) related to perceptual and cognitive processing?

  • What brain activity reflects the association between music and speech processing in musicians, tone language speakers, and controls?

  • What is the association between perfect pitch and speaking a tone language?

I have presented my research on these topics at conferences such as Society for Neuroscience and Society for Music Perception and Cognition. I have also presented several invited lectures on music and the brain at the Ontario Science Centre, the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, and Durham College. In addition to my research background, I hold an ARCT in Violin Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and have toured both locally and internationally on violin with my ensemble, Strings in Motion Inc. I currently work at Adobe, as an experience researcher for immersive technology.

 

Research Interests

Research interests include the music-speech link, speech production and perception, and auditory scene analysis.

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Publications

My work has been published in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Neuropsychologia, PLOS One, Frontiers in Psychology, Music Perception, and more. 

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