Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

Chihiro Honda is a Ph.D. student in cognitive psychology. She was born in Japan and came to the United States in 2010 to further her education. She received her B.A. in psychology from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where her research focused on mental representation of emotion in bilingual speakers in Dr. Nancy Alvarado’s cognitive lab, as well as bilingual language processing by using the Taboo Stroop Task in Dr. Eleonora Rossi’s EEG lab. In addition to being bilingual, her passion for music amplified her interests in cognitive psychology. Since childhood, she has enjoyed playing music; she learned the classical piano, trumpet, drum, guitar, and some Japanese traditional instruments. Currently, she works with Dr. Pfordresher at the Auditory Perception and Action Lab on language acquisition and pitch imitation.


Yan Chen is a first-year Ph.D. student in Psychology working with Dr. Pfordresher at the Auditory Perception and Action Lab. Her current research focuses on the sensorimotor mechanisms in pitch imitation. She has been interested in music since childhood and she enjoys playing the piano in her free time.


Nicole Coleman is a cognitive Ph.D. student working with Dr. Pfordresher in the Auditory Perception and Action Lab.  She received her B.A. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. There, she studied music’s influence on individual time perception in Dr. Nicholas Van Horn’s Cognitive Lab. She began playing the violin at a young age which sparked her interest in how music can affect aspects of everyday life. To pursue this interest, her current research focuses on timing in speech and music production.