Kathleen Corrigall

Assistant Professor, Psychology

PhD (McMaster), BA Honours (UBC)

6-376, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Before joining the faculty at MacEwan University in 2013, Kathleen Corrigall completed a PhD at McMaster University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her research interests centre on the development of music perception and cognition in early and middle childhood. In particular, she is interested in how children learn the pitch and rhythm structures of their culture’s music, similarly to how they learn structural aspects of language. She also studies associations between music training and non-musical abilities and traits, including cognitive skills, personality, and social and emotional competence. This research focuses on whether certain individuals are more attracted to music lessons than others, and whether learning to play music benefits other (non-musical) aspects of development.

Music psychology, child development, perception, cognition

Teaching and Research Interests

Courses taught:

  • PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology II
  • PSYC 223 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 324 Infant Development
  • PSYC 405 Special Topics in Psychology, Topic: The Development of Music Perception and Cognition

Current research focus:

  • Associations between group music lessons and social/emotional skills
  • Personality predictors of musical sophistication and music training
  • Associations between music training and language skills (reading, phonological awareness, spelling)
  • The development of enculturation to Western pitch structure


Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Corrigall, K. A., & Schellenberg, E. G. (2015). Music cognition in childhood. In G. E. MacPherson (Ed.), The child as musician: A handbook of musical development (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Corrigall, K. A., & Schellenberg, E. G. (2015). Predicting who takes music lessons: Parent and child characteristics. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:282. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00282
  • Corrigall, K. A., & Trainor, L. J. (2014). Enculturation to musical pitch structure in young children: Evidence from behavioral and electrophysiological methods. Developmental Science, 17, 142-158. doi:10.1111/desc.12100
  • Corrigall K. A., Schellenberg, E. G., & Misura, N. M. (2013). Music training, cognition, and personality. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:222. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00222
  • Corrigall, K. A., & Trainor, L. J. (2011). Associations between length of music training and reading skills in children. Music Perception, 29, 147-155. doi:10.1525/mp.2011.29.2.147


Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • MacEwan University, Research, Scholarly Activity and Creative Achievement Fund (2014)
  • SSHRC, Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2013)
  • SSHRC, Doctoral Fellowship Award (2009)
  • NSERC, Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters (2006)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Society for Music Perception and Cognition