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 animal research with human experiments, quantitative models, and agent-based simulations.
Since April 2017, I am a Pegasus Marie Curie fellow at the Sealcentre Pieterburen,The Netherlands, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, studying vocal learning, rhythm, and their evolution in harbour seals and grey seals.
Since January 2017, I am a visiting postdoctoral fellow in language evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. I am performing human experiments on rhythm in music and speech across cultures.
Until December 2016, I have been 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 was a visiting researcher at the Sealcentre Pieterburen,The Netherlands, doing research in harbour seal pups.
In June 2014, I 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 (Centre for Language Evolution, University of Edinburgh).