Dr. María Herrojo Ruiz, PhD


Goldsmiths University of London
Department of Psychology


Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

My research program focuses on the processes and brain mechanisms mediating learning and monitoring of sensorimotor sequences, both in patients with movement disorders and in healthy human subjects.

Piano performance is an excellent experimental setup to investigate sensorimotor sequence learning and performance, whereby participants have to learn the mapping between sequential finger movements and the associated auditory feedback. These features are ideally suited for probing fundamental cognitive functions, such as self-monitoring (error prediction, evaluation and corresponding behavioral compensation mechanisms), sensorimotor learning and movement coordination — processes that are fundamental to human and animal complex behaviors.

Photo by Matt Hobbs /  CC BY-NC-SA

Photo by Matt Hobbs / CC BY-NC-SA

In my research, I use electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and intracraneal recordings to investigate the brain activity along cortico-basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits.

General research interests:

  • Sensorimotor learning and motor control
  • Music cognition and performance
  • Action monitoring
  • Expectation and prediction
  • Statistics
  • Dynamical systems
  • Stochastic processes
  • Neurological disorders
  • Deep brain stimulation