Please enable javascript to view this page in its intended format.

Queen's University


Research Team

Music Cognition Lab

Dr. Cuddy

Dr. Lola Cuddy, AMM, BA, Manitoba; MA, PhD, Toronto

Professor Emeritus, Psychology

LOLA CUDDY is currently the Director of the Music Cognition Laboratory which she founded in 1965. Lola continues to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Conference for the Perception and Cognition of Music and is editor of the journal Music Perception, an interdisciplinary journal publishing theoretical and empirical studies of music perception, cognition, and performance. In 2002, Lola was awarded the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Queen's AMS. Her research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


Academic Family Tree for Dr. Cuddy

Ashley Vanstone

Ashley Vanstone

PhD Candidate, Psychology

ASHLEY VANSTONE is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program. His research examines memory for music in Alzheimer's disease patients. In his clinical training, he is interested in issues relevant to the geriatric population. He comes to Queen's with an B.Mus. from Brandon University and a B.A. in Psychology from York University. For 2012 – 2013 he is doing a full time clinical internship with the Queen's Internship Consortium.

Ritu Sikka

Ritu Sikka

MSc Candidate, Neuroscience


For my Master's degree research, I'm looking for the brain regions that are activated when people listen to familiar music - in order to find a possible basis for the extraordinary musical memory sometimes seen in people with AD (Alzheimer's Disease).  My background is in Computer Science - with a Bachelor's degree from Carleton University in 1992, followed by 10+ years of writing software.  I became interested in how AD affects the brain after taking care of my mother with AD from 2003 to 2008.  I'm also interested in cognitive exercise as a possible means of preventing cognitive decline, and in building computational models of physical processes in the brain behind this decline.

Kevin Shabahang

Kevin Shabahang

SWEP/Directed Lab student, Psychology (BAH)


Kevin Shabahang is in his third year of completing an Honour's degree in psychology. He is currently working as a research assistant, and is pursuing his kindling interest in research regarding music perceptual and cognitive processes. More generally, his academic interests gravitate towards a multitude of topics related to cognition and perception, driven by the desire to unravel the workings of the mind. He plays the electric guitar, dabbles on the synthesizer and likes to compose computer-generated music. Although he is in no rush to complete his undergraduate studies and enjoys completely immersing himself in the present moment, he anticipates further research and studies in the field of cognitive science in graduate school.

Meghan Collet

Meghan Collet

M.Sc Candidate, Psychology (BBCS)


Meghan completed her B.Sc. (Honours) in Behavioural Neuroscience at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. She is currently studying the effect of musical expectancy on music preference, and is also interested in music-evoked autobiographical memories. She is co-supervised by Lola Cuddy and Niko Troje (BioMotion Lab). Meghan has played and taught flute for years and currently enjoys playing with the Kingston Frontenac Band, as well as with friends whenever a deserted room can be found.

Anja Cui

Anja Cui
Master's Student

Anja did her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Piano Performance in Germany (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln). She is interested in music perception and in understanding why music can make Marilyn Monroe "feel goose-pimply all over" (The Seven Year Itch, 1955), both from a neuroscientific and an anthropological view. In her spare time she hopes to make music that DOES appeal to people. She is co-supervised by Lola Cuddy and Niko Troje (BioMotion Lab).


Deanna Choi

Deanna Choi
Special Directed Lab student


Deanna Choi is in her third year of a BScH in Psychology with a minor in Drama. She graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT in violin performance (national gold medal) and has since performed as part of the National Youth Orchestra, Canta Arya Strings, Queen's Vagabond, Queen's Musical Theatre, Blue Canoe Productions, and is currently a member of the Kingston Symphony. Her past research experience has varied from examining childhood experiences in relation to the onset of depression to drug-induced neuroplasticity in rats. Her current project investigates music-evoked autobiographical memories (MEAMs) and she is interested in the clinical and socio-cultural implications of music exposure and performance. She is still unsure of where the primrose scientific research path will lead her, but she believes it may be equally as fascinating and unpredictable as the yellow brick road.


Alex Duncan

Alex Duncan
SWEP/Work Study student, Psychology (BAH)


Alex Duncan is currently entering his final year of Psychology while undertaking his honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Daryl Wilson (Attention Lab).  As a SWEP student he will be working with Alzheimer’s patients in investigating the role of various factors which may influence recollection of music-evoked autobiographical memories (MEAMs).  Alex’s past research experience has included the role of gender stereotypes on negotiation skill (Lab in Organizational Behaviour) as well as the effect of sleep and speech type on perceptual learning (CoNCH Lab).  A common theme between all his past research is the role of learning and our understanding of meaning, two topics Alex hopes to pursue in later work.  When not trying to deduce the inner mechanisms of the mind, Alex can be found on the tatame practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or playing guitar.


Kristen Silveira

Kristen Silveira
Summer Research Assistant/Thesis student, Psychology (BAH)


Kristen Silveira is entering her fourth year studying Psychology and Linguistics. Her musical history began with playing piano in the second grade, and she loves doing yoga with background music. She is excited to work as a summer Research Assistant and complete her Honours thesis in the Music Cognition lab with Dr. Cuddy. In the past she has examined speech imitation between schizophrenia patients and an experimenter with Dr. Munhall and Dr. Bowie. Now she wishes to further explore implicit musical learning along with memories and emotions evoked by music in Alzheimer’s patients. Kristen believes there are immeasurable insights to be gained from their responses. She hopes her research will prepare her for a pathway in clinical psychology or speech pathology.


Recent Members

  • Mike O'Grady - SWEP/Work Study student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Sarah Davies - Special Directed Lab Volunteer, Psychology (BAH)
  • Janice Lee - Honours Thesis Student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Edwin Ho - Work Study Student, Life Sciences (BScH)
  • Ingrid Yu - Work Study Student, Life Sciences (BScH)
  • Avanti Dey - Research Volunteer, Psychology (BAH) - 2009-2011
  • Sally Suen - Work Study Student, Life Sciences (BScH) - 2008 - 2010
  • Cassandra Brown - Research Assistant - 2009
  • Trina Ghiacy - Volunteer - 2009-2011
  • Lydia Beck - Honours Thesis Student, Psychology (BAH) - 2008-2011
  • Tina Poon - SWEP student, Psychology (BScH) - 2009-2011
  • Emilie Chan - Special Directed Lab Student, Psychology (BScH) - 2010-2011
  • Gillian Harper - Volunteer, Psychology (BAH) - 2010-2011
  • Linda Sun - Volunteer, Music (BMus) and Biology (BScH) - 2010-11

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000