Congratulations to Fiona Manning, who officially became our first PhD at the Fall Convocation Ceremony on Friday at Hamilton Place. Her dissertation explored the intersection between movement and timing. Her first paper (published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review) showed that participants performed better in timing perception when they moved to the beat versus when they did not move to the beat. In her subsequent paper (published in Timing & Time Perception), participants who moved to the beat performed better when provided with auditory feedback. Her third paper (published last summer in Psychological Research) showed that percussionists had superior timing perception than non-percussionists when moving along to the beat but, interestingly, there was no difference in performance between the groups when asked to simply listen to the beat. She currently has manuscripts from this dissertation under review, as well as other potential publications from this fruitful line of research.
Fiona is currently working as a postdoc at Concordia University with Virginia Penhune, further exploring the role of movement in auditory perception. Congrats Dr. Manning – we look forward to your future success!