Institutions: Concordia University, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Experience-dependent plasticity; Auditory cognitive neuroscience; Sleep; Aging; Complex task performance
Emily Coffey is a cognitive neuroscientist with research interests in how sound information is represented in the brain, how this representation differs between individuals, and how it can be altered by experience and by top-down processes to influence perception. Using musicianship as a model of a complex, multi-modal learning process, she studies how mechanisms of neuroplasticity occur during activity and sleep, and how they change in old age. Research methods include polysomnography (PSG), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), closed-loop auditory stimulation, and functional and structural MRI.