Caroline Palmer
Caroline Palmer

Psychologist to speak Feb. 24 on music performance

By Peter Pfordresher
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Music Research

(Feb. 17, 2006)--Caroline Palmer, researcher in the cognitive neuropsychology of human performance at McGill University (Canada), will present her research as part of a UTSA Department of Psychology speaker series at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 in Business Building Room 3.03.24 on the 1604 Campus. Free and open to the public, the lecture is sponsored by the UTSA Institute of Music Research.

Her lecture will include discussion of a new line of research that involves the role of anticipatory movements during piano performance using motion-capture technology as a research tool.

Palmer's research focuses on the cognitive and neural bases of music performance. The topics she has explored include the way in which memory lapses may lead to "slips of the finger" during performance, how children acquire the ability to perform music, and comparisons between speech and music production.

Her research led to an early career award from the American Psychological Association (1996), as well as numerous grants from foundations in the United States and Canada.

For more information, phone (210) 458-4396.

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