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New face at MIB: Gemma Fernandez Rubio

New PhD student will study the encoding of complex musical sequences and how previously acquired information influences this process.

Gemma is a Psychology graduate from Madrid, Spain. She studied at Complutense University and went on an Erasmus exchange at Edinburgh University for one year. At the same time, she earned a degree in Music Composition from the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid.

Gemma joined MIB for a research stay in November 2020 and worked on the analysis and collection of MEG and MRI data under the supervision of Prof. Elvira Brattico and Prof. Sonja Kotz. She recently completed her master’s thesis titled “Brain mechanisms underlying the recognition of complex auditory patterns” and finished the Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Maastricht University.

Her main interests are human memory and its neural bases, particularly the encoding and recognition of temporal patterns. During her PhD, she hopes to expand on her work and investigate the encoding of complex musical sequences and how previously acquired information influences this process.