Connor Spiech

Doctoral Research Fellow
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Academic Interests

  • Neurophysiological mechanisms of groove
  • Predictive coding
  • Rhythmic entrainment

Current Research

My doctoral studies aim to investigate predictive coding accounts of groove (the pleasurable compulsion to move to music) using methods from cognitive neuroscience like electroencephalography (EEG), pupillometry, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Specifically, I manipulate rhythms' predictability using repetition and structural features like pickups and syncopation to observe changes in neurophysiological entrainment and evoked responses to expected and unexpected events in different contexts. Furthermore, I investigate how rhythmic motor and vestibular stimulation modulate higher-order predictions that may be useful for generating actions and efficiently encoding information.


My academic career began at Ohio State University where I completed my B.S. in Neuroscience with minors in Music and Philosophy, graduating magna cum laude. Starting from my first semester, I have been conducting cognitive neuroscience research, namely using electroencephalography (EEG) and psychophysics. This led me to accept a paid research internship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) at Universität des Saarlandes over a summer. It was at this time that I decided to move back to Germany for my graduate studies. As an M.Sc. student in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, I primarily worked in the visual domain with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and EEG while expanding my programming and data analysis skills in Matlab and R. Now as a Doctoral Research Fellow, I am incorporating all of these skills that I have learned over the years to pursue my longstanding passions in music cognition.


  • Hans Rudolf Stiftung (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany)
  • McConnell Scholarship (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
  • Provost Scholarship (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
  • German Academic Exchange Service RISE (University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Honors Collegium Travel Grant (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Tags: Music cognition, rhythmic entrainment, groove, predictive coding, cognitive neuroscience


  • Spiech, Connor; Sioros, Georgios; Endestad, Tor; Danielsen, Anne & Laeng, Bruno (2022). Pupil drift rate indexes groove ratings. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 12(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-15763-w.
  • Conci, Markus; Kreyenmeier, Philipp; Kröll, Lisa; Spiech, Connor & Müller, Hermann J. (2021). The nationality benefit: Long-term memory associations enhance visual working memory for color-shape conjunctions. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. ISSN 1069-9384. 28(6), p. 1982–1990. doi: 10.3758/s13423-021-01957-2.

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  • Spiech, Connor; Hope, Mikael; Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt; Sioros, Georgios; Endestad, Tor & Laeng, Bruno [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2022). PredicTAPbility: Sensorimotor Synchronization Increases Groove.
  • Spiech, Connor (2022). Oscillatory Brain and Pupil Activity Varies with Rhythmic Complexity and Groove Ratings.
  • Danielsen, Anne; Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt; Lartillot, Olivier; Leske, Sabine Liliana & Spiech, Connor (2022). Musical rhythm. Behavioural, computational and neurophysiological perspectives.
  • Spiech, Connor (2021). More than Meter's the Eye: Divergent Roles for Pickups and Syncopations in Groove.
  • Spiech, Connor; Laeng, Bruno; Sioros, George; Danielsen, Anne & Endestad, Tor (2021). More Than Meter’s The Eye: Divergent Roles of Pickups and Syncopation in Groove.
  • Spiech, Connor (2019). Predicting the Groove: A Combined EEG-Pupillometry Study.
  • Spiech, Connor (2019). Predicting the Groove: A Combined EEG-Pupillometry Study.
  • Spiech, Connor (2022). Predictive and Dynamic Mechanisms of Rhythm and Groove. Universitetet i Oslo.

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Published July 10, 2019 4:40 PM - Last modified July 1, 2022 10:52 AM