Janeen Loehr, PhD

Janeen Loehr is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. She was introduced to the delightful idea of using science to study people while completing her B.A. (Honours) degree at the U of S. She completed her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at McGill University, studying action timing in music performance as a member of the Sequence Production Lab. Interest in interpersonal action coordination took her to the Social Mind and Body Group at the Donders Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition in the Netherlands. She has since come full circle and is back to studying how people act and interact as a faculty member at the U of S. Email: janeen.loehr [at] usask.ca

Justin Christensen

Justin is a postdoctoral researcher. His research examines the temporal, emotional, and interactive listening experience, attempting to better understand the importance of participation and involvement in the process of musicking, whether as a listener or as a performer. In the BrAIn lab, he is examining whether inter-brain coordination during group music performance contributes to its psychosocial benefits. To learn more about Justin’s work, check out his website.

Nicole Bolt

Nicole is a PhD student. Nicole came to the University of Saskatchewan with an interest in how biology influences human behavior and soon found her calling in neuroscience. She started her journey in the lab in 2013 as a summer research assistant, excited to understand more about the neural and cognitive mechanisms that allow people to seamlessly and effortlessly coordinate their actions with each other. Nicole completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2014 and MA in Cognition and Neuroscience in 2016. Her doctoral research currently investigates how the brain distinguishes between the sensory consequences produced by one’s own and other people’s actions during interpersonal coordination.

Catriona (Katie) Douglas

Katie is a Master's student who joined the lab in Fall 2018. Before joining the lab, Katie earned a BSc. in Neuroscience (Honours) from Dalhousie University, where she worked with Dr. Aaron Newman to develop a dual brain EEG technique to assess neural responses in a conversational setting. Katie’s Master's thesis will examine the relationship between inter-brain coordination and participants' feeling of togetherness during musical duets. Her long-term goal is to develop dual-EEG (also known as hyperscanning) methods for assessing interpersonal interactions in therapeutic contexts.

Steven Farkasdi

Steven is currently pursuing an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology. As a research assistant in the lab, he is working on optimizing the lab’s mobile EEG set-up while planning an honours project related to monitoring joint actions.

Juan Del Castillo Cabada

Juan is pursuing an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology. His work in the lab focuses primarily on people’s experiences of joint agency when they coordinate their actions to achieve a shared goal.

Jenny Chomyn

Jenny is an undergraduate research assistant. She is currently completing her BA in Psychology en route to medical school. Her interest in interpersonal interactions drew her to the lab. She has also found a wealth of opportunities to apply her previous work experience in Human Resources to fine-tune the functioning of the lab.


Dimitrios Kourtis, Ghent University
Cordula Vesper, Central European University
Terry Eskenazi, Ecole Normale Superieure
Jennifer Nicol, University of Saskatchewan
José Tellez Zenteno, University of Saskatchewan


Yalin Chen (postdoctoral fellow, University of Saskatchewan)
Lauren Slavik (undergraduate honours student, University of Saskatchewan)
Sarah Ardell (undergraduate honours student, University of Saskatchewan)
Evan Poncelet (undergraduate honours student, University of Saskatchewan)
Trista Friedrich (undergraduate research student, University of Saskatchewan)