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Ellie Bean Abrams

PhD Student

Ellie Bean Abrams is a PhD student in NYU’s Cognition and Perception program working under the supervision of Pablo Ripollés and David Poeppel. Her research explores the experience of musical pleasure and its interaction with human memory and reward using behavioral, neural, and computational techniques. She is also interested in the speech-music interface and early auditory processing.

Before starting her PhD, Ellie was a lab manager and research assistant at NYU’s Neuroscience of Language lab, where she investigated the neural correlates of musical pitch as well as the development of linguistic processing in the child brain using MEG. Previously she studied cognitive science and music at Pomona College, and she spent a summer researching melody perception and language development in preschoolers at UCSD’s Language Acquisition and Sound Recognition lab.