Benjamin Schultz

About meBSC

I was previously a post-doctoral fellow working with Caroline Palmer from November 2012 to June 2014 and Isabelle Peretz from July 2014 to July 2015. I received a Bachelor of Arts (2006) and Bachelor of Health Sciences (2008) in Psychology from the University of Adelaide, a PhD (2013) in Auditory Psychology from the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney (Prof. Catherine J. Stevens), and a PhD (2013) in Cognitive Psychology from the Université de Lyon 2 (Prof. Barbara Tillmann).


Learning and Re-learning

Broadly my primary research interests include how people learn rhythmic sequences, entrain and move to the beat, and coordinate their speech and actions with others. In particular, I am interested in how people adapt the acoustic properties and the timing of sound productions in response to those of others in speech and music. My current project with Sonja Kotz is to examine the mechanisms that underlie acoustic cueing in persons with Parkinson’s Disease and other motor-related deficits

  • Implicit and statistical learning
  • Rhythm and timing
  • Auditory-motor integration
  • Learning in healthy aging
  • Music therapy and motor rehabilitation


  • Behavioural
  • EEG
  • EMG

Qualifications and Professional Experience

  •  2009 – 2012 Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology; cotutelle)
    & Peter Keller)
    University of Western Sydney
  •  2010 – 2012 Doctor of Philosophy (Cognitive Psychology; cotutelle)
    (Supervisors: Barbara Tillmann, Catherine Stevens,
    & Peter Keller)
    Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • 2008 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons) – Psychology
    First Class Honours (Supervisor: Anna Ma-Wyatt)
    University of Adelaide
  • 2004 – 2006 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major)
    University of Adelaide

Selected Publications

  • Schultz, B. G., O’Brien, I., Phillips, N., McFarland, D., Titone, D., & Palmer, C. (in press). Speech rates converge in scripted turn-taking conversations. Applied Psycholinguistics.
  • Schultz, B. G. & van Vugt, F. (2015). Tap Arduino: An Arduino microcontroller for low-latency auditory feedback in sensorimotor synchronization experiments. Behavior Research Methods, 1-17.
  • Mills, P. F., Schultz, B. G., & Keller, P. E. (2015). The relationship between temporal anticipation and adaptation during sensorimotor synchronisation. Timing and Time Perception.
  • Schultz, B. G., Stevens, C. J., Keller, P., & Tillmann, B. (2013). A sequence identification measurement model to investigate the implicit learning of metrical temporal patterns. PLoS One, 8, e75163.
  • Schultz, B. G., Stevens, C. J., Keller, P., & Tillmann, B. (2013). The implicit learning of metrical and nonmetrical temporal patterns. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 360-380.


  • 2013 – 2014 Postdoctoral Scholar Award
    Canadian Research Council
  • 2009 – 2012 Australian Postgraduate Award
    Australian Federal Government
  • 2009 – 2012 University of Western Sydney Top Up Award

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