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Spring 2014

Theme: Music, Movement and Cognition

Organizer: Ramesh Balasubramaniam

January 27: Ramesh Balasubramaniam, UC Merced: Introduction to the seminar series (with a special presentation by Benoit Bardy, Univ. Montpellier: Moving to Music)

February 3: Erin Hannon, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Music or language? Pattern-learning by experienced and inexperienced listeners

February 10: Michael Hove, Harvard Medical School
Groove is in the motor system, and other rhythmic musings

February 17: President’s day (No seminar)

February 24: Michael Richardson, University of Cincinnati
Behavioral dynamics of joint action and social coordination: theory, modeling and implications

March 3: Bree Studenka, Utah State University
Being in the right place at the right time: Rhythmic entrainment and motor control

March 10: Ric Ashley, Northwestern University
Funk drumming: Structural and embodied aspects of musical expertise

March 17: no speaker

March 24: Spring break

March 31: Carol Krumhansl, Cornell University
Hierarchical structure in music: Statistics, structure, and style

April 7: Joel Snyder, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rhythm Perception in Auditory and Visual Modalities

April 14: John Iversen, UC San Diego
Rhythm and the Brain: Studies of neural dynamics of beat perception

April 21: Scott Makeig, Swartz Center, UC San Diego
Brain Dynamics of Music, Movement, and Emotion

April 28: Petr Janata, UC Davis
Sensorimotor coupling in music and being “in the groove”


This semester’s MTS talk series will be on Music, Movement and Cognition. We have an excellent set of speakers lined up for this event. This will be followed by the CHASE Summer School that will also feature leading researchers in music cognition.

CHASE Summer School

Ramesh Balasubramaniam, Chris Kello, and Teenie Matlock are organizing the first CHASE Summer School on The Dynamics of Music and Language between May 18-24, 2014. This is being co-organized with researchers at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC) at UC San Diego.

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 here at UC Merced (motion-capture, EEG/TMS, acoustics analysis, MATLAB exercises etc).

Click here for application information.

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.
Rick Dale (UC Merced): Language, music and interaction between individuals.
Demo: Victor Minces & Alex Khalil: Gamelan Project @ UCSD, “Improving language and literacy through music in the classroom.”
Petr Janata (UC Davis): Being in the groove and brain mechanisms underlying dynamic cooperativity.
Ramesh Balasubramaniam (UC Merced): Discussant.