Dr. Benjamin Zendel


Dr. Zendel holds a Canada Research Chair in Aging and Auditory Neuroscience and is an Assistant Professor in Community Health in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Most recently, Dr. Zendel completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Université de Montréal, where he conducted research at both the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM) and at The International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS).  He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, while working at the Rotman Research Instituite, and earned his B.A. (hons) in Psychology from the University of Calgary.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Sarah Sauvé


Dr. Sauve joined the lab in September 2018.  She completed her Ph.D. at Queen Mary University of London in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science using prediction-based modelling to explore musical auditory scene analysis.  Dr. Sauve's research interests include auditory scene analysis, timbre perception, musical expectation and the effects of musical training and attention on perception.  At CAANLab, her primary research programme applies music perception research to older listeners, combining behavioural and computational methods with neuroscience to replicate and extend existing research in music perception. 

Ph.D. Students

Özgen Demirkaplan


Özgen Demirkaplan is a doctoral student in Neuroscience at Memorial University. She completed her BA in Philosophy at Bilkent University and MSc in Cognitive Science at the Middle East Technical University. For her Masters she studied voice familiarity effect on auditory distance perception. Her research interests include cognitive aspects of auditory and speech perception.

Jennifer Beynon-Martinec


Jennifer Beynon-Martinec is  a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Music, Medicine and Education at Memorial University. She has been a clinician, adjudicator, choral conductor and vocal pedagogue for over fifteen years in both Canada and Europe. Recently, she was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, from the  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her PhD work. 

Laura Howell


Laura Howell is a doctoral student in Linguistics at Memorial University, working with the CAANLab on a comprehensive paper for her doctoral program. Her research interests include: Sociolinguistics; Language Variation and Change; Dialect Contact; Newfoundland English.

Undergraduate Students

Bethany Power


Bethany completed an honours degree in psychology and is currently a medical student at Memorial University. She completed her honours thesis in the CAANLab and  was awarded an undergraduate summer research scholarship, for her project examining the impact of dialect on speech-in-noise perception.

Emily Bolt

Emily completed an honours degree in psychology, and is currently a medical student at Memorial University.  Her undergraduate project examined the interaction between age of death and mode of death on the perceived social value of the deceased. She is currently working on a project investigating the impact of aging on neural entrainment to musical rhythm, and was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Award for this project.


Emily Alexander (2017-18; Undergraduate honours student & NSERC summer research student, Psychology program,                               Grenfell Campus, Memorial University)

Dr. David Fleming (2016-18; Post-doctoral fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University)

Olivier Dussault (2014-16; NSERC summer research student, Département de Psychologie, Université de Montréal)

Marianne Bissonnette (2015; Research assistant, Université de Montréal)

Giulia Castelletti (2014-15; Graduate exchange student, University of Trento)

Merwin Olthof (2014-15; Graduate exchange student, University of Amsterdam)

Camille Rivard (2013-14; Research assistant, Université de Montréal)

Charles-David Tremblay (2012-14; Honours Student, Département de Psychologie, Université de Montréal)