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Research Team

Music Cognition Lab
Lab Members Summer 2015: Ruben, Hannah, Emma, Anja, Sean, and Ritu


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 a 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.


Anja-Xiaoxing Cui

Anja-Xiaoxing Cui
PhD Student

 

ANJA-XIAOXING CUI did her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Piano Performance in Germany (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln). She completed her M.Sc. at Queen’s University in 2014. She is interested in music perception and wants to understand why music can make Marilyn Monroe "feel goose-pimply all over" (The Seven Year Itch, 1955), both from a neuroscientific and an anthropological view. This is why in her spare time she plays the piano, currently with the Badass Brahms Chamber Collective, which she co-founded in 2012. She is co-supervised by Lola Cuddy and Niko Troje (BioMotion Lab).


Ritu Sikka

Ritu Sikka, MSc (Neuroscience)
Research associate

 

RITU SIKKA studied the neural basis of musical memory in younger and older adults using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) for her master's thesis with Dr. Cuddy in 2013. She is currently extending this study to include older adults with Alzheimer's disease. She is also involved in the lab's studies on music-evoked autobiographical memory. Ritu has a BCS (Bachelor of Computer Science) and over ten years of software development experience.


Sean Bai

Sean Bai
Research assistant, Epidemiology (MSc)

 

SEAN BAI is a Master’s student in Epidemiology at Queen’s University. He works in Dr. Cuddy’s lab as a research assistant, and is currently researching musically evoked autobiographical memories (MEAMs) and how they are perceived in people, including those with Alzheimer’s disease. He is also working on comparing autobiographical memories evoked by visual stimuli versus those evoked by music. Another one of his research interests is in investigating if various factors such as musical engagement, musical training, and severity of dementia have an impact on how well patients respond to passive musical interventions. In his spare time, Sean likes to play guitar.


Emma Walton

Emma Walton
SWEP student, Biopsychology (BScH)

 

EMMA WALTON is currently entering her fourth year of an Honour’s degree in biopsychology.  She has volunteered in the lab for the past year, and is currently working as a research assistant looking into musically evoked memories in Alzheimer’s patients. Emma is hoping to pursue a Master’s in neuroscience and to learn more about molecular mechanisms in the brain. In her spare time, Emma plays the guitar, competes with the Queen’s figure skating team and volunteers at the brain injury rehab clinic.


Hannah Ramsay

Hannah Ramsay
SWEP Student, Life Science and Concurrent Education (BScH/BEd)


HANNAH RAMSAY is entering her fourth year of completing an Honour’s degree in Life Science and is also studying Concurrent Education. She is currently working as a research assistant, and is exploring research regarding music and video evoked memories and emotions in Alzheimer’s patients. Hannah has past clinical research experience at the Ottawa Heart Institute in the study of cardiac sarcoidosis. Hannah hopes to attend Teacher’s College and then pursue medical school, with interests in geriatrics and cardiology. When not at the lab, Hannah can be found on the soccer field or playing the piano.

 

Recent Members

  • Lydia Beck - Honours Thesis Student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Cassandra Brown - Research Assistant
  • Emilie Chan - Special Directed Lab Student, Psychology (BScH)
  • Deanna Choi – Special Directed Lab student, Psychology (BScH)
  • Meghan Collett – M.Sc Student, Psychology (MSc)
  • Sarah Davies - Special Directed Lab Volunteer, Psychology (BAH)
  • Avanti Dey - Research Volunteer, Psychology (BAH)
  • Alex Duncan – SWEP/Work Study Student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Trina Ghiacy - Volunteer
  • Gillian Harper - Volunteer, Psychology (BAH)
  • Edwin Ho - Work Study Student, Life Sciences (BScH)
  • Frank Jiang – SWEP/Work Study Student, Biomedical Computing (BSc)
  • Janice Lee - Honours Thesis Student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Mike O'Grady - SWEP/Work Study student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Tina Poon - SWEP student, Psychology (BScH)
  • Kevin Shabahang – SWEP/Directed Lab student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Kristen Silveira – Research Assistant, Honours Thesis student, Psychology (BAH)
  • Sally Suen - Work Study Student, Life Sciences (BScH)
  • Linda Sun - Volunteer, Music (BMus) and Biology (BScH)
  • Selina Wang – Special Directed Lab student, Life Science (BScH)
  • Ingrid Yu - Work Study Student, Life Sciences (BScH)
  • 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


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