Molly Henry

Dr. Henry received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She then completed postdocs at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Western University. In 2019, she started the Max Planck Research Group “Neural and Environmental Rhythms” at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The Neural and Environmental Rhythms lab makes its debut at Ryerson University in July 2021.

Her research in the Neural and Environmental Rhythms lab explores how synchrony between brain rhythms and environmental rhythms shapes our perception of the world. This research takes a dynamical-systems approach to understanding brain–environment synchrony, conceptualizing and modeling brain rhythms as being generated by neural oscillators (and testing that assumption along the way). The work combines individual-differences, experimental, and cross-sectional lifespan approaches, and makes use of psychophysics, electrophysiology (M/EEG), and modeling to move towards a more wholistic, mechanistic understanding of brain–environment synchrony and its role in auditory perception.