I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I use a combination of methods, namely, computational modeling, psychophysics, physiological recording, eye-tracking, and self-reports, to answer questions about how music affects human perception, attention, and inter-personal synchrony. At the moment, my research interests are centered around using physiological data (e.g. eye-tracking, EEG) to:
- predict listeners’ subjective evaluation or experience of music
- inform computational models of how we process events and generate expectations in time
- decode what someone is listening to
I hold a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, supervised by Dr. Petr Janata. Previously, I attended the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music and studied with Allen Otte of the Percussion Group Cincinnati, earning a Bachelors of Music in percussion performance. I also hold an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where I worked at the Center for Music & Science, supervised by Dr. Ian Cross. Additionally, I have been a visiting researcher at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience and the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.