Associate Professor of Psychology
On sabbatical Spring 2019
With Pitzer Since: 2012
Field Group: Psychology
Campus Address: Fletcher 226
Office Hours: Contact Professor for Details
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Cognitive science; cognitive neuropsychology; music cognition; psycholinguistics; neuroaesthetics.
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)
“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).
“The role of Broca’s area in regular past-tense morphology: An event-related potential study,” Neuropsychologia, 49, (2011). With J. Larsen, J. Yang, P. de Mornay Davies, N. Dronkers, and D. Swick.
“Interpreting dissociations between regular and irregular past-tense morphology: Evidence from event-related potentials,” Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, (2008). With J. Larsen, P. de Mornay Davies, and D. Swick.
“Auditory attention to frequency and time: An analogy to visual local-global stimuli,” Cognition, 98, (2005). With A. List.
“Fundamental issues in the evolutionary psychology of music: Assessing innateness and domain specificity,” Music Perception, 23, (2005). With J. Hutsler.
“The cerebellum and English grammatical morphology: Evidence from production, comprehension, and grammaticality judgments,” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, (2004).
Recent Conferences and Invited Talks
“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.
“Memory for tones drawn from the major scale and rast makam: A cross-cultural study of North American and Turkish listeners,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA, November 2014. With C. Yates, N. B. Atalay, and M. E. Curtis.
“The perception of simple and complex meters: A cross-cultural study of North American and Turkish listeners,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA, November 2014. With C. Yates, N. B. Atalay, and S. E. Trehub.
“Aphasia and amusia following unilateral damage to the left hemisphere,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA, April 2014. With B. Tillmann, A. D. Patel, N. Dronkers, and J. Baldo.
“Music perception in aphasia: Relationship to aphasia subtype and lesion site,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, San Diego, CA, November 2013. With J. Baldo and B. Tillmann.
Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors
“Music perception in aphasia: A VLSM approach,” grant from the GRAMMY Foundation, 2013-2015.