Universiteit Leiden

nl en

Rebecca Schaefer

Associate Professor

Dr. R.S. Schaefer
+31 71 527 6748


Rebecca's primary research interests are the neuroscience of moving to music, music performance and music imagination, aiming to apply these findings to rehabilitation settings. She has received MSc's in Clinical Neuropsychology and Music Cognition from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Keele University, UK, respectively. Her subsequent PhD work at the Donders Intitute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, focused on developing cognitive tasks for Brain-Computer Interfaces, and specifically on decoding music imagery from electrical brain signals. Before coming to Leiden University, she held a SAGE junior research fellowship at UC Santa Barbara and a European Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where she carried out research focused on the interaction of music and movement, individual differences in rhythmic ability and imagery function. Recent updates and a full cv can be found at her personal website.


  • MUSICMOVES: Let the music move you: involvement of motor networks of the brain in music processing. FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IEF grant, 2011-2013, €200K (grant applicant)
  • Scottish Music and Health Network. Carnegie Trust Larger Grant, 2013-2015, £50K (co-applicant)
  • Playing towards health: Evidence-based musical games for movement recovery. Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, declined for SAGE Fellowship, £200K (grant applicant)

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


Assistant Professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academie der Kunsten

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden



No relevant ancillary activities

This website uses cookies.  More information.