Research Interests: 

    • Neuroimaging research (ERP/EEG/MEG)
    • Cognitive neuroscience
    • Child development

Research Laboratory
NICER Lab: Neuroscience of Imagination, Cognition, and Emotion Research Lab.

Kylie Schibli

M.Sc. (Neuroscience) 2014

Current Research

Tone detection and self-regulation training can improve educational performance in children. 
This experiment, in association with “The Leading Note Foundation”, is the first part of a musical training and socio-economic status experiment in children 5-18 years of age participating in an after-school music program. ERPs will be acquired while the participant is performing a mismatch negativity (MMN) task.  Participants will be screened for tone deafness using the Montreal Battery of Evaluation of Amusia (Peretz, et al., 2003). The SES and musical training information will be correlated with the child’s educational progress to determine the impact of music programs. A second part of the study will examine tone-deafness to determine if, with weekly musical training, the tone deafness can be alleviated.  Further training will be provided in the after-school program and children will be tested using event-related potentials once every four-six months for one year. The third part of this study is to examine the genetic polymorphisms related to children’s emotional states and to relate this information to their musical training and socio-economic status.


Schibli, K., & D’Angiulli, A. (2013). The social emotional developmental and cognitive neuroscience of socioeconomic gradients: laboratory, population, cross-cultural and community developmental approaches. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 788, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00788
D’Angiulli, A., & Schibli, K. (2011). Mirror neurons and visuo-motor imagery in children: A meta-analysis of Piaget and Inhelder’s data. Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 31(1-2), 129-143.
Schibli, K., & D’Angiulli, A. (2011). The neuroscience of poverty. Education Canada, 51(2), 17-20.