Language and Music Cognition Lab


Lab Director

Robert Slevc

Bob Slevc is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology, and is affiliated with the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program and the Maryland Language Science Center. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and was a postdoctoral scholar at Rice University before coming to the University of Maryland.

Graduate Students

Mattson Ogg
  • Mattson Ogg
  • Graduate Student, NACS
  • Office: BPS 3150F
  • Email: mogg [at]

Mattson Ogg is a graduate student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University in Psychology with a minor in Music Technology. He subsequently worked in the Neurology and Neuroscience Department at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Alison Shell
  • Alison Shell
  • Office: BPS 3150C
  • Email: ashell [at]

Alison Shell is a graduate student in Psychology. She received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science at Vassar College and worked for Boston University and the UMASS Shriver Center studying language and autism.

Graduate Student Alumni

Brooke Okada

Brooke Okada just recently completed her PhD in Psychology (defended August, 2018), titled Toward a Comprehensive Model of Musical Ability. Before coming to UMD, she received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Music Performance from California State University, Fresno.

Research Assistants (2018-19)

  • Abiola Adesina
  • Bélan Chimamanka'a
  • Donna Dadkhoo
  • Eli Kane
  • Daisy Martinez
  • Roxanna Meyssami
  • Elsa Moeller
  • Colleen Patton
  • Jessica Yao

Current and recent collaborators

(an incomplete list ordered by approximate distance from the lab)

LMCL RA Alumni

  • 2017-18:
    Sam Frazier
    Sam Harley
    Ava Mirzadegan
    Molly Moore
    Afiong Onyile
    David Silversmith
    Rafael Zuleta (honors)
  • 2016-17:
    Arman Ali
    William Bartz
    Brittni Bittner
    Alexandra Hickey
    Christy Jones
    Christy Nguyen
    Jackie Patton
    Keana Richards
    Jessica Ward
    Jocelyn Yao
  • 2015-16:
    Abiola Adesina
    Tiffany Bamdad (honors)
    Mary Dumler
    Arcadia Ewell
    Toria Hawkins
    Kelly Hiden
    Hope Opia
    McLaine Rich
    Judith Tsoi
  • 2014-15:
    Zarsh Bhatti
    Nick Brown
    Jeff Chang
    Chris Eyo
    Dan Lerner
    Leon Li (honors)
    Danielle Dubois
    Lisa Kaufman
    Quyen Kieu
    Omar Mejia
    Nabil Morad
  • 2011-14:
    Nick Davey (honors)
    Bako Ekoko
    Ilana Green
    Kyeougeun Kim
    Teresa Longo
    Annahid Meyssami
    Rukayat Muse-Ariyoh
    Ilanna Newman
    Daniel Paul
    Anjana Rao
    Joshua Robusto
    Sadhvi Saxena
    Brad Schachat
    Ryan Simmons
    Eliana Sudikoff