Graduate Students


Tim A. Pruitt is a Ph.D. student in cognitive psychology. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Radford University with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology. He then obtained a Master’s degree in general-experimental psychology from Appalachian State University. During his previous graduate studies he spent time working in Dr. Kenneth Steele’s Music Perception Laboratory examining psychoacoustic attributes of timbre as well as methodological issues in timbre research. Tim’s current research with APAL investigates the relationship between perception and production across music and language behaviors. He also conducts comparative research with Dr. Micheal Dent which examines auditory perception in the Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulates) and Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) bird species. Tim is currently developing psychophysiological recording experience related to auditory evoked potentials and is actively honing his teaching abilities related to Psychological Statistics as well as other courses offered at the University at Buffalo. To view Tim’s CV, click here.


Emma Greenspon is a post-doc research fellow. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from U.B.  Her research is focused in music cognition, particularly with reference to the degree that cognitive resources are shared or unique across music and language processes. She is currently developing projects in the lab that utilize electromyography in order to better understand the link between auditory imagery and subvocalization. She also has an active collaboration with Dr. Caroline Palmer from McGill University on a project that investigates whether preferred rates (self-imposed, comfortable rates of production) are: 1. consistent within a given task, 2. related within a domain, and 3. related across domains. Her past work with Dr. Chris McNorgan  investigated the neural processes related to reading difficulty in children. You can learn more about Emma at her personal website.



Kyle Walsh is currently pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. He played French horn for 15 years as well as sang in a combination of school and youth choirs. He received his B.A. in psychology while minoring in cognitive science from SUNY Geneseo. He worked in the Human Memory and Cognition Lab at Geneseo under Dr. Jason Ozubko, primarily focusing on the effects of interference and decay on recollection and familiarity. He is a life-long Buffalonian having lived in South Buffalo and the nearby suburb of Hamburg for the entirety of his childhood as hopes to remain in Buffalo after completing his PhD.




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.