Current Role at Stanford

The research we conduct focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of chronic infection-related diseases. We are currently exploring how the brain represents fatigue, post-exertional malaise and cognitive impairment in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. With neurologically healthy and impaired participants, one prominent goal is to develop neuropsychological models of how infectious disease can produce cognitive impairment. Using a combination of Clinical Neuropsychiatric techniques, Neuropsychological testing and Electroencephalographic (EEG) measurement, we relate functional brain dynamics to patient symptoms in real time.

Our research team is also interested in motor control in CFS. Our current work suggests disturbances in response selection and overall control of movement within CFS. Hypotheses include how individuals with CFS process information related to attention shifting and preparation of response alternatives. We are interested in all high level functions of the cortex and how subcortical structures control the cortex.


Honors & Awards

  • Full Graduate Assistantship, Illinois State University, Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience (1986-1988)
  • Professional Member (by nomination), National Association of Business Women (2009 - present)
  • Member by Nomination, Pi Kappa Lambda (1984)

Education & Certifications

  • Applied Neuroscience Certificate, BICA, Clinical Applied EEG (2013)
  • Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Rehabilitation Psychology (2004)
  • Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine (2004)
  • Scientific Certificate, Association for Applied Psychophysiology, Clinical and Experimental EEG. (2003)
  • Advanced Certification Hypnosis, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, The scientific study of hypnosis; clinical hypnosis and experimental hypnosis (2001)
  • Scientific Certificate, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Certificate (1998)
  • Professional Certificate, UCLA School of Medicine, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Psychophysiology (1991)
  • M.A., Illinois Institute of Technology, Clinical Psychology (1997)
  • M.S., Illinois State University, Experimental Psychology (1990)
  • BA, Illinois State University, Music Theory and Composition (1985)
  • BA, Illinois Institute of Technology, General Psychology (1985)
  • BA, Illinois State University, Piano Performance / Pedagogy (1985)

Personal Interests

I am a classical pianist, but my interests do not lie in playing the piano; instead, with the help of many others, we are organizing a paradigm shift in the way which musicians are trained. Current training practices date to the late 1800's despite the fact that currently, music instruction itself is called upon to foster intellectual and musical growth in its participants. We therefore are announcing a movement to raise awareness of the issue of the need for best practices from child psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science to become part of everyday music teaching. Music knowledge is necessary, but not sufficient, for a good outcome for children in the arts, children who will stay in the arts as adults, and current adults in the arts. Our mission is simple: to build a much better musical experience for those in the arts, free of negative mental health issues. Our nonprofit society is at

The mission of the Society for Neuroscience and Psychology in the Performing Arts (SNPPA) is to advance research, education, treatment and professional practice related to the following:

•Facilitate the direct application of psychological, neurological, educational and neuroscientific research findings to the performing arts
•Integrate that research into practice (use of psychological and psychophysiological techniques into all aspects of the performing arts)
•Disseminate the products of this research to the larger community of psychologists and performing artists so as to be useful in common, everyday practice.


Professional Interests

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Infectious Diseases
Development of EEG as part of a clinical diagnosis for infectious diseases
Focus on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for research goals.
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Optimal Performance (piano).
Executive Director of the Society for Psychology in the Performing Arts

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Executive Director and Founder, Society for Psychology in the Performing Arts (2005 - Present)
  • Founder, Performing Arts Psychophysiology as a subspecialty within Applied Psychophysiology (1996 - Present)
  • Founder and PI, Performing Arts Psychophysiology Research Institute (1994 - Present)
  • Professional Member, American Academy of Neurology (2009 - Present)
  • Professional Member, American College of Musicians (1980 - Present)
  • Professional member, American Psychological Association (1994 - Present)
  • Professional Member, Performing Arts Medicine Association (1989 - Present)
  • Professional Member, Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2005 - Present)
  • Member, American Heart Association (2004 - Present)
  • Nominated Member, Who's Who in Education, 1994-95, 2006 (1994 - Present)
  • Nomination by Invitation, Who's Who in America, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2006 (1994 - Present)
  • Nomination by Invitation, Who's Who of American Women, 1997, 2006 (1997 - Present)
  • Member by Nomination, Phi Kappa Lambda (1984 - Present)
  • Extern: Clinical Psychology, Pilsen Little Village Community Mental Health Center, Chicago. (1995 - 1997)
  • Intern: Pain Management (Behavioral Medicine), Loyola University Medical Center, Pain Management Clinic, Chicago (1998 - 2000)
  • Intern, Psychosocial Oncology, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago (1998 - 2000)
  • Supervised clinical training in all modalities of psychophysiology and biofeedback, including EEG., Dr. Ian Wickramasekera (1999 - 2002)
  • Board Member, Illinois Society for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (1999 - 2001)


Journal Articles

  • Psychophysiology for Performing Artists M. S. Schwartz & F. Andrasik, Eds: Biofeedback: A Practitioners Guide (4rd ed.), New York: Guilford 2014
  • Functional neural integration and musical skill: Preliminary EEG evidence. proceedings of the American Psychological Association Marcie Zinn, Ph.D.., Mark Zinn, MM, PC, Greg Feist, Ph.D. 2006
  • Is a drop in executive functioning necessary for smooth piano performance? Some evidence from cognitive neuroscience. Poster presentation and proceedings of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Marcie Zinn, Ph.D., Robert Schleser, Ph.D., Mark Zinn, MM, PC 2005

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