Anja-Xiaoxing Cui was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at Queen's UniversityAnja is interested in how our minds enable us to perceive music. How can you tell that the music in the background are the Beatles and is not Beethoven? Musical judgments depend on musical knowledge, which is thought to develop through exposure. In her Ph.D. work, she aims to understand cognitive processes underlying this development. Research on the ability to pick up knowledge about unfamiliar musical styles is complemented by research about the effects of extended exposure to, or active engagement with music on how early in development this knowledge manifests. Anja was co-supervised by Dr. Troje at the BioMotion Lab, and Dr. Cuddy at the Music Cognition Lab. In her spare time she plays the piano and organizes amazing concerts.

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