Tsz Man Vanessa Chan

Assistant Teaching Professor

Assistant Teaching Professor
E308 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-1635

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Primary Area: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Research and teaching interests

Speech-in-noise perception, music cognition, cognitive neuroscience, scholarship of teaching and learning


Dr. Chan is an assistant teaching professor with an appointment to the neuroscience and behavior undergraduate major. She is dedicated to fostering skills for both in and out of the academic classroom, and is interested in research on pedagogical improvements for the classroom and applying empirically-tested practices. Her graduate training is in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience, specifically in speech perception in noisy environments, with separate interests in music cognition and effects of musical training.


Ph.D., University of Toronto 

M.A., University of Toronto

B.Sc., McGill University

Approach to Mentoring

Dr. Chan does not run a lab, but any undergraduate students interested in discussing research as it pertains to her research and teaching interests are welcome to schedule a meeting time to talk about research. Students are encouraged to think broadly and creatively about ideas before narrowing down into specific questions of interest. Support is negotiated on a needs-basis with each student, from the frequency of meetings to the method of progress tracking, to help identify and implement the best form of support for each student's flourishing.

Representative Publications

Putkinen, V., Saarikivi, K., Chan, T.M.V., & Tervaniemi, M. (2021). "Faster maturation of selective attention in musically trained children and adolescents: converging behavioral and ERP evidence." European Journal of Neuroscience, 54((1), 4246-4257. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.15262

Chan, T.M.V., & Alain, C. (2020). "Theories of cognitive aging: A look at potential benefits of music training on the aging brain." In L. Cuddy, S. Belleville, & A. Moussard (Eds.) Music and the Aging Brain. Elsevier.

Wood, S., & Chan, V. (2020). "Sequential assignments to critically evaluate psychological journal articles." Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.

Chan, T.M.V., & Alain, C. (2019). "Listening back in time: Does attention to memory facilitate word in noise identification?" Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(1), 253-269.