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Emma Greenspon

Emma B. Greenspon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator of the Music, Voice & Cognition Laboratory

Advisor: Psi Chi

Member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Howard Hall 142

Emma B. Greenspon, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York

M.A. General Psychology, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York

B.S., University of Richmond

Current Research and Scholarship

Emma Greenspon, Ph.D., is a cognitive psychologist with a research focus in music cognition.  As the principal investigator of the Music, Voice & Cognition Laboratory, she studies how basic cognitive processes like mental imagery and memory relate to people‚Äôs ability to produce music and store music in memory. Her research has led to grant funding as well as numerous publications and conference presentations.

Grant Support (or Funding)

2019-present, National Science Foundation Grant BCS-1848930. Cognitive and motor factors in vocal imitation ($165,137 direct costs). Role on project: Co-Investigator

Publications or Other Scholarly Work

Recent Publications

Pfordresher, P. Q, Honda, C., Greenspon, E. B., & Chow, K. (2020). Sensorimotor constraints on generalization of learning: More evidence for a cost of musical training. Psychological Research.

Randazzo, M.,Greenspon, E. B., & McNorgan, C., Booth, J. (2019). Children with reading difficulty rely on unimodal neural processing for phonemic awareness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13, 1-15.

Greenspon, E. B., & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2019). Pitch-specific contributions of auditory imagery and auditory memory in vocal pitch imitation. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-9.