Center for Human Adaptive Systems and Environments (CHASE)
Summer School I: The Dynamics of Music and Language

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May 18-24, 2014, Tenaya Lodge @ Yosemite, and UC Merced

The first CHASE Summer School on The Dynamics of Music and Language is being co-organized with researchers at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC) at UC San Diego. (Coordinators: Ramesh Balasubramaniam, Chris Kello & Teenie Matlock, UC Merced).

The summer school will feature invited speakers from May 18-21, Location: Tenaya Lodge @ Yosemite. This will be followed by lab sessions May 22-23 at the UC Merced main campus (motion-capture, EEG/TMS, acoustics analysis, MATLAB exercises, and more). The main aim of the school is to foster critical thinking and discussions in the community about current issues in music and language dynamics and related topics in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

Participation in the summer school is free. Accommodations & most meals during the week will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel to the school location. Students, post-docs and interested faculty are welcome to apply at the website below.

Click here to apply  deadline to apply: February 15th


Invited speakers include:

David Huron (Ohio-State): Musical expectancy and anticipation.
Laurel Trainor (McMaster): Music and movement in development.
Dale Purves (Duke): Tonal preferences in speech and music.
Ed Large (UConn): Music and brain dynamics.
Scott Makeig (UCSD): Methods for studying brain dynamics.
Petr Janata (UC Davis): Being in the groove and brain mechanisms underlying dynamic cooperativity.
Rick Dale (UC Merced): Language, music and interaction between individuals.
Ramesh Balasubramaniam (UC Merced): Discussant.
Invited demo:
Victor Minces & Alex Khalil: Gamelan Project @ UCSD
“Improving language and literacy through music in the classroom.”


For further information contact Prof. Ramesh Balasubramaniam (, or Twitter: @RameshUCMerced. For general inquiries:

The summer school is generously supported in part by the National Science Foundation, Science of Learning Activities.

About the Center for Human Adaptive Systems and Environments (CHASE)

Just established, CHASE will house research on adaptive systems composed of human behaviors that are fundamentally intertwined with their environments. CHASE’s mission is to build an interdisciplinary faculty group with a research approach that cuts across many scales and levels of analysis — from neurons and neural networks, to the interaction between humans/groups and their environments. Led by the faculty in Cognitive and Information Sciences at UC Merced, CHASE’s theoretical motivation stems from recent developments in complexity research showing that human adaptive systems interact with their environments in lawful ways across scales and disciplinary bounds. Such lawful principles may transform our understanding of human adaptive systems, and our ability to guide and shape their interactions with environments toward sustainability and health.