• Assistant Professor at the Brain and Mind Institute as well as Department of Psychology at Western University, Canada.
  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience of Music, BA/BMus double degree in Neuroscience and Piano Performance.



  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Early Researcher Reward, 2012-2016. Brain mechanisms for musical rhythm processing ($190,000, Peer-reviewed Trainee Grant), Principal Investigator)
  • P. Bickell Foundation for Medical Research, 2012-2014, ($65,000, Peer-Reviewed Operating Grant), Principal Investigator
  • Grammy Foundation, 2012-2014. Brain responses to musical rhythm in human and non-human animals ($19,500, Peer-Reviewed Operating Grant, Principal Investigator)
  • Leaders Opportunity Fund, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, 2012-2017. Laboratory for neuroscience and musical rhythm investigation. ($280,000, Peer-Reviewed Infrastructure Grant, Principal Investigator)
  • Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council, Discovery Grant, 2011-2016. Individual differences and auditory-motor interactions in rhythm perception. ($120,000, Peer-Reviewed Operating Grant, Principal Investigator)
  • K. MacDonald Fund for Parkinson’s Research, 2011-2020. ($100,000, Operating Grant, Principal Investigator)



Urner, M., Sarri, M., Grahn, J., Manly, T., Rees, G., & Friston, K. (2013). The role of prestimulus activity in visual extinction. Neuropsychologia, 51(8), 1630-1637.

Nombela, C., Rae, C. L., Grahn, J. A., Barker, R. A., Owen, A. M., & Rowe, J. B. (2013). How often does music and rhythm improve patients’ perception of motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease? Journal of Neurology260(5), 1404-1405.

Schweizer, S., Grahn, J., Hampshire, A., Mobbs, D., & Dalgleish, T. (2013). Training the emotional brain: improving affective control through emotional working memory training. Journal of Neuroscience33(12), 5301-5311.

Grahn, J.A., Schuit, D. (2012). Individual differences in rhythmic abilities: behavioural and fMRI investigations. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, & Brain 22(2), 105-121.

Grahn, J. A., & Manly, T. (2012). Common neural recruitment across diverse sustained attention tasks. PloS one7(11), e49556.

Grahn, J. A. (2012). See what I hear? Beat perception in auditory and visual rhythms. Experimental Brain Research220(1), 51-61.

Grahn, J. A., & Rowe, J. B. (2013). Finding and feeling the musical beat: Striatal dissociations between detection and prediction of regularity. Cerebral Cortex23(4), 913-921.

Grahn, J. A. (2011). Advances in neuroimaging techniques: implications for the shared syntactic integration resource hypothesis. Language and Music as Cognitive Systems, 235.

Grahn, J. A., Henry, M. J., & McAuley, J. D. (2011). FMRI investigation of cross-modal interactions in beat perception: Audition primes vision, but not vice versa. NeuroImage54(2), 1231-1243.

Owen, A. M., Hampshire, A., Grahn, J. A., Stenton, R., Dajani, S., Burns, A. S., … & Ballard, C. G. (2010). Putting brain training to the test. Nature,465(7299), 775-778.