Connor Spiech

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Phone +47 46503525
Visiting address Forskningsv. 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1133 Blindern 0318 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

Academic Interests

  • Rhythmic entrainment
  • Groove in the brain
  • Predictive coding

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). Furthermore, I plan to test how rhythmic stimulation from other sensory modalities may 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)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst RISE (Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Honors Collegium Travel Grant (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Tags: Music cognition, rhythmic entrainment, groove, predictive coding, cognitive neuroscience


  • Spiech, Connor (2019). Predicting the Groove: A Combined EEG-Pupillometry Study.
  • Spiech, Connor (2019). Predicting the Groove: A Combined EEG-Pupillometry Study.
Published July 10, 2019 4:40 PM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2019 12:40 PM