PEOPLE IN THE MUSIC COGNITION LAB
Natalie Miller is a PhD student in the Musicology program at Princeton University. She studies music theory and music cognition, with an emphasis on relationships between music and language. She completed her undergraduate degree in Music and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, where her honors thesis investigated pitch change in English declarative and interrogative sentences.
Grace Simmons is the author of two young adult novels (entitled Unexpected and Released), a recipient of the 2019 John C. Bogle Fellowship, and a sophomore at Princeton University concentrating in Neuroscience and pursuing a certificate in Global Health. After graduation, her long term goals are to become a physician and venture abroad with the hope of addressing health inequity in her home country Ghana, the US, and the rest of the world. In her free time, she dabbles in poetry, collects words that have no direct English translations, and is a Jazz vocalist.
Cara is a PhD student at Princeton University studying Musicology with a concentration in Music Cognition. She completed her undergraduate degree at Ithaca College, where she received a BM with a double major in Performance (double bass) and Sound Recording Technology. She also has an MA in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford University, where she worked in the Neuromusic Lab at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics to help develop and pilot an ongoing EEG study investigating performance monitoring and empathy in piano duet partners.
Jamal is a 5th year graduate student at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute working with Kenneth Norman, Uri Hasson, and Elizabeth Margulis. He uses music, neuroimaging, and machine learning as tools to investigate the nature of memory and event representation. He became very interested in music and neuroscience as an undergraduate at the University of Memphis. As far as hobbies go, Jamal enjoys playing and producing music, hiking, and film.
Mauro Orsini Windholz is a Musicology PhD student at Princeton University focusing on Music Theory and Music Cognition. Mauro has an undergraduate degree in Composition from the State University of São Paulo and a Masters in Music degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has conducted research on metaphors for understanding harmony, publishing and presenting on this topic at several Brazilian and international conferences.
Emily Yu is a sophomore at Princeton University interested in studying Psychology and pursuing a certificate in Global Health. She is fascinated with the cognitive processes behind learning and, particularly the capacity to learn implicitly. She is planning on attending medical school after graduation and continuing research while being a practicing physician. Outside of the lab, Emily is involved with the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and enjoys photography, cooking, and road trips.
Zhoushu Ziporyn is a Roy Dickinson Welch Fellow PhD student at Princeton University, focusing on the philosophy of music, humor and time, in conjunction with music theory and cognitive zoo-cultural musicology. Winner of various awards, including the Nicola De Lorenzo Prize for Music Composition, the Eisner Music Award, The Matthew William Fisher Memorial Award, Alfred Hertz Traveling Scholarship and nominee of the Theatre Bay Area Award for his theatre work in San Francisco. Zhoushu has been taught the traditional art of Kyōgen under master Tōjiro Yamamoto, culminating in a hired performance with the Yamamoto family themselves at the National Nō Theater of Japan. After graduating UC Berkeley with a doublemajor BA (with high distinction) in both Music (Department Citation) and Philosophy, Zhoushu continues to learn from and perform with the Yamamoto company at various venues in Japan to the present, while also actively learning Gagaku music and the shō under the tutelage of gagaku players from the Imperial Household Agency. His philosophical essay on Zhuangzi’s “Butterfly Dream” was published (2017) in Brown University’s philosophy journal, A Priori, and his original post-modern cantata “Star Wars Palimpsest” was published (2018) in UC Berkeley’s Arts and Design journal. As a bicultural amphibian, spanning the SF Bay Area to Tokyo, his pieces have been premiered and recorded by many artists, including harpsichordist Davitt Moroney and guitarist Daisuke Suzuki. As a heartfelt continuation on the theme of “mutual symbiosis” from his government funded research at Tsukuba University in his childhood, he hopes to curate and develop a synergetic culture and discourse that sees the arts and the sciences as two dialoguing cultures, with special inspiration from the Japanese Kagura traditions. www.zziporyn.com