Beau is an alumnus of the Digital Musics masters program at Dartmouth. His research has focused on cross-modal perception of emotion in music and movement. This work included a research trip to rural Cambodia to examine cross-cultural similarities in emotional expression. He is currently studying how ways of understanding the world are shared in groups of people.


  • Wheatley, T. & Sievers, B.  (2016).  Toward a neuroscience of social resonance.  In J. Greene, I. Morrison & M. Seligman (Eds.) Positive Neuroscience.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Sievers B., Polansky L., Casey M., Wheatley T. (2013). Music and movement share a dynamic structure that supports universal expressions of emotion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (direct submission), 110, 70-75. doi:10.1073/pnas.1209023110.

  • Parkinson C., Kohler P., Sievers B., Wheatley T. (2012). Associations between auditory pitch and visual elevation do not depend on language: Evidence from a remote population. Perception, 41, 854-861. 



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Emma received her A.B. in Psychology from Harvard. There, she worked in Jason Mitchell's lab, most closely with Diana Tamir. After graduating, Emma worked as the lab manager of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, led by Jamil Zaki. As lab manager, Emma conducted studies investigating social influence and how social media use impacts our experiences. Currently, Emma is identifying individual differences that predict how people connect with each other.




Sophie graduated with highest distinction in music and cognitive science from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar.  After graduation, she held a postbac intramural research and training award (IRTA) in Alex Martin's lab at NIH. There, she used MEG to study abnormal brain activity in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is currently studying how the social world unfolds over different timescales to help us communicate effectively and connect with one another.


Getz, L., Wohltjen, S., & Kubovy, M. (2016). Competition between rhythmic and linguistic meaning revisited: The effect of task demands. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.