Effects of Musical Expertise

One of my primary research interests is focused on how musical expertise shapes behaviour. I am particularly interested in how having musical training may improve the flexibility with which individuals can coordinate their actions with sound as well as with other people in group settings. I am also interested in the effects of musical training on how the brain prepares coordinated movements with sound and with others. I use electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate this question, looking at the temporal dynamics of neural activity during auditory-motor coordination. 

Memory for Auditory Aspects of Complex Events

There are wide individual differences in the types of information that people recall from past events. I am interested in how individuals recall different types of perceptual details. Although researchers have shown a bias toward visual information, little is known about how we use other types of information (e.g., auditory), and how our use of that information is shaped by our individual experiences. I am also interested in how our brains may differentially use perceptual information depending on these individual differences, and will soon be investigating this question using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).