Dr. Mark Schmuckler Mark A. Schmuckler, PhD

Principal Investigator

Mark Schmuckler graduated with high honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1983, with degrees in psychology and music. From there he went on to do graduate work at Cornell University to work with Carol Krumhansl, one of the leading researchers in the field of music cognition. While at Cornell, he also began working with Eleanor J. Gibson, a well-known and extremely influential developmental psychologist, who was conducting research in infant perceptual-motor development. Graduating with a Ph.D in 1988, he then became a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, where he continued his research interests in both music cognition and infant development. In 1989 Dr. Schmuckler began as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is currently a full professor in this department, and is, at present, serving as the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, with responsibility for overseeing the undergraduate curriculum at the Unviersity of Toronto Scarborough.

Professor Schmuckler teaches courses in both music psychology and child development. Over the years he has taught undergraduate courses at a variety of levels, from a large introductory class in developmental psychology, to different laboratory courses in child development and human movement, to upper level undergraduate seminars in perceptual and motor development. He has also taught graduate courses in both child development and music psychology. Professor Schmuckler continues to pursue his research interests in infant perceptual-motor development, and in adult music cognition. Professor Schmuckler’s research in developmental psychology focuses on infants’ and toddlers’ changing abilities to integrate perceptual, and primarily visual information, with motor movement, in accomplishing everyday tasks such as reaching and searching for hidden objects, using tools, controlling one’s balance, and moving around a cluttered world. His work in music cognition examines how listeners’ organize pitch information when listening to music, as well as how such pitch structures influence listeners’ perceptions of musical similarity, musical expectancy, and their memory for music.

For more information about Mark and his research interests, visit his personal website.

Matt Eitel, MSc
Lab Coordinator

Matt completed his MSc in the Music, Mind and Brain program at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His main research interests focus on the perception of chord progressions and how we interpret harmonic content in music. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing the classical guitar, reading about history, and pondering anything related to music theory.

Mikayla Samuel, BSc
PhD Candidate

Mikayla Samuel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the study of perceptual and motor development across infancy, and the influence of auditory input on aspects of locomotion such as walking cadence. Mikayla previously completed work under the supervision of Dr. Schmuckler, during her undergraduate degree, focusing on the investigation of infant apprehension of summary information when presented with collections of objects (ensemble perception). Overall, Mikayla is interested in studying how infants navigate and perceive the spatial layouts of the world around them.

Mariam Belghiti

Project Student

I’m Mariam Belghiti, a third-year undergraduate student at UofT majoring in Psychology and Human Biology with a minor in French. My research interests are in perceptual and motor development, as well as language learning. Outside of school, I love working with children through volunteering and to paint!

Tian Tuan
Research Assistant

Hi, My name is Tian (or Christine) Yuan. I am a third-year student at the University of Toronto specializing in Mental Health Studies with a minor in history. I love learning about new experimental paradigms in cognitive developmental psychology. I also enjoy working with children! Outside of school, I love to sing, play TRPGs/historical strategy games, read books, and explore food in Toronto.

Habiba Hassan
Research Assistant

I am Habiba Hassan, a third-year student at the University of Toronto specializing in Psychology. After working at various educational settings such as daycares, schools, and summer camps, I was eager to learn more about the cognitive, emotional, motor, and perceptual development in young children. In the future, I would love to pursue a career in the field of Developmental Psychology and Education. Outside of school, I love to act, dance, travel and spend time with my family.

Shabiga Ragunathan
Research Assistant

Shabiga Ragunathan is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology and Health Studies–Population Health at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Through her experiences and undergraduate coursework, she has developed a research interest pertaining to perceptual-motor interactions in children. Outside of school, she enjoys drawing and exploring new places.

Kaaviya Jegatheesvaran
Research Assistant

I am a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Human Biology and Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. My research interest focuses on developmental psychology, especially memory and perception in children. I love working with children as well. Outside of the lab, I love to bake and travel.


Past Members

Anna Michelle McPhee, PhD Student 2017-2022

Teddy Cheung, PhD Student 2017-2022

Abisha Jeyapalan, Research Assistant 2022

Prameshta Prasath, Research Assistant 2022

Linda Chung, Research Assistant 2022

Sherinne Clarissa, Research Assistant 2021

Jiaxiong Huong, Research Assistant 2021

Damla Arslan, Research Assistant 2019-2021

Hanqi Chen, Research Assistant 2020-2021

Aashika Nagarajan: Research Assistant

Aneesah Bari: Research Assistant

Calpanaa Jegatheeswaran: Project Student 2019-2020, Summer Volunteer 2019 (Applied Psychology and Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto)

Deepika Elango: Lab Manager 2018-2019 (Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at University of Toronto)

Farhan Fancy

Gobika Sithamparanathan: Volunteer

Julia Schaefer: Research Assistant 2019-2020

Lanyi Lin: Lab Coordinator 2019-2020 (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University)

Liliana Wu: Thesis Student 2019-2020, Research Assistant 2017-2018

Namrah Asghar: Research Assistant

Nida Hafeez: Research Assistant 2019-2020

Piali Bhati: Thesis Student 2019-2020, Research Assistant 2017-2018 (Schulich School of Medicine at Western University)

Rana Tawfik: Research Assistant 2019-2020

Sangavi Sivananthan: Thesis Student

Safiya Syed

Simar Moussaoui

Toluwanimi Faromika: Research Assistant 2019-2020

Vanessa Yim: Research Assistant 2019-2020

Zaib Qureshi: Research Assistant 2020