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I am a postdoctoral researcher interested in similarities between music and language in relation to syntax, rhythm, memory, and attention. I received my PhD from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, with a thesis entitled: The Nature of Syntactic Processing in Music and Language. My current project is a collaboration between DDL and CAP (Cognition, Auditive, et Psychoacoustique) teams. In this project, I am investigating the effects of regular, rhythmic primes on subsequent language processing. As part of the project, I am also interested in the role of neural oscillations in the processing of music and speech, and how rhythmic priming and rhythmic training can be beneficial for children with developmental language disorders.



  • 2014 - 2017: PhD in Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Aug-Nov, 2016: International Visiting Graduate Student, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada.
  • 2012 - 2014: Master of Music, Mind, and Technology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • 2008 - 2011: Bachelor of Psychology (1st class honours), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
  • 2009 - 2010: Exchange at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.



  • 2016-ongoing: Editor for Australian Music Psychology Society (AMPS) Newsletter
  • 2016-2017: Student Member, Australian Music Psychology Society Committee.
  • 2016: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, SysMus Conference.
  • 2016: ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders and Cognitive Science Seminar Series Coordinator.
  • 2014-ongoing: Reviewer: PLoS ONE, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology.


    Online Database

    Ma, W., Fiveash, A. & Thompson, W., in press, "Spontaneous emergence of language-like and music-like vocalizations from an artificial protolanguage. ", In Press, Semiotica


    Fiveash, A., McArthur, G. & Thompson, W., 2018, "Syntactic and non-syntactic sources of interference by music on language processing. ", 2018, Scientific Reports


    Fiveash, A., Thompson, W., Badcock, N. & McArthur, G., 2018, "Syntactic processing in music and language: Effects of interrupting auditory streams with alternating timbres.", 2018, International Journal of Psychophysiology


    Fiveash, A. & Luck, G., 2016, "Effects of musical valence on the cognitive processing of lyrics.", 2016, Psychology of Music


    Fiveash, A. & Pammer, K., 2014, "Music and language: Do they draw on similar syntactic working memory resources?", 2014, Psychology of Music


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