Who’s got rhythm, and why? In my research, I investigate the evolutionary and biological bases of time perception and rhythm cognition, and their role in the origins of music and speech. I do behavioural (non-invasive) experiments in non-human animals, which is a way to understand the evolutionary history of human cognitive capacities. I complement experiments with quantitative models and agent-based simulations.
I am employed as a postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel on Prof. Bart de Boer‘s ERC grant ABACUS: Advancing behavioral and cognitive understanding of speech. I am a guest scientist at Universität Rostock, doing research on the evolution of rhythm and time perception in harbour seals, based at the Sensory and cognitive ecology group, Marine Science Center.
I have recently completed my PhD in Biology at the Dept. of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria, supervised by Prof. W. Tecumseh Fitch and Prof. Simon Kirby (Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, University of Edinburgh).