Associate Professor of Psychology
On sabbatical Spring 2019
With Pitzer Since: 2012
Field Group: Psychology, Cognitive Science
Campus Address: Fletcher 226
Office Hours: Contact Professor for Details
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Cognitive neuroscience; music cognition; psycholinguistics; empirical aesthetics; cognitive film theory.
Introduction to Cognitive Science (COGS011)
The Literate Brain (FYS)
Brain and Behavior (PSYC101)
Music Cognition (PSYC126)
Language and Cognition (PSYC127)
Cognitive Film Studies (PSYC128)
Seminar in the Psychology of Art (PSYC182)
“Remembering melodies from another culture: Turkish and American listeners demonstrate implicit knowledge of musical scales,” Analytical Approaches to World Music (forthcoming). With C. M. Yates, N. B. Atalay, N. Mert, and M. E. Curtis.
“Towards a naturalized aesthetics of film music: An interdisciplinary exploration of intramusical and extramusical meaning,” Projections (forthcoming).
“Form and meaning in music: Revisiting the affective character of the major and minor modes,” Auditory Perception & Cognition, 1 (2019). With L. Gabriel and A. Pfaff.
“Effects of musical training and culture on meter perception,” Psychology of Music, 45 (2017). With C. M. Yates, N. B. Atalay, N. Mert, and S. E. Trehub.
“Music and the continuous nature of the mind,” Music Perception, 31, (2014).
Recent Conferences and Invited Talks
“Constructing film emotions: Implications of the theory of constructed emotion for cognitive film theory,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, Hamburg, Germany, June 2019.
“Form and meaning in music: Implications for cognitive film studies,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, Bozeman, MT, June 2018.
“Instrumental timbre influences the emotional semantics of musical mode,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA, May 2018. With A. Pfaff.
“Systematic listening exposure influences implicit knowledge of a Turkish musical scale,” poster presented at the Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting (APCAM), Chicago, IL, November 2015. With N. B. Atalay, N. Mert, C. M. Yates, and M. E. Curtis.
“The emotional semantics of musical mode: Listeners associate major and minor melodies with happy and sad words,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL, November 2015. With L. Gabriel.