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I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. As a member of Dr. Sarah Creel's Language Acquisition and Sound Recognition Lab, I am interested in human auditory and motor processing. I am particularly interested in how we hear, move, speak and think rhythmically. Using techniques and knowledge from computational modeling, psychophysics, electrophysiology and ethnomusicology, I apply the filter of musical rhythm and entrainment to understand broader questions about how we learn to interact with our environment. I am particularly interested in the time-scales of learning and adaptation in sensorimotor interaction, from short-term correction of timing errors to long-term learning of new rhythms and motor patterns to the evolution of music and dance over generations. Our understanding and models of rhythmic processing have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last two decades, but our models typically only account for behavior over very short periods and in very clean environments. The goal of my research is to understand how these models may or may not work in the dynamic, non-stationary world that we live in.

I am also deeply interested in the history of science and, as a member of an interdisciplinary group led by Rafael Núñez, have researched the past and present of interdisciplinarity in the cognitive sciences using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

I am by no means a solidly trained musician. Nevertheless, I have played just a bit of everything from mandolin to timbales to no-input mixing board, usually playing latin, folk and electronic music.