Timothy Justus

Associate Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science

With Pitzer Since: 2012
Field Group:
Psychology, Cognitive Science
Campus Address: Fletcher 226
Phone: 607.9198
Email: timothy_justus@pitzer.edu
Office Hours: Contact Professor for Details

Educational Background

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

The cognition of language, music, and the arts; philosophy of cognitive science

Recent Courses

Introduction to Cognitive Science (COGS011)

The Literate Mind (first-year seminar)

The Musical Mind (first-year seminar)

Brain and Behavior (PSYC101)

Music Cognition (PSYC126)

Language and Cognition (PSYC127)

Cognitive Film Studies (PSYC128)

Seminar in Psychology of Art (PSYC182)

Selected Publications

“Toward a naturalized aesthetics of film music: An interdisciplinary exploration of intramusical and extramusical meaning,” Projections, 13 (2019).

“Remembering melodies from another culture: Turkish and American listeners demonstrate implicit knowledge of musical scales,” Analytical Approaches to World Music, 7 (2019). With C. M. Yates, N. B. Atalay, N. Mert, and M. E. Curtis.

“Form and meaning in music: Revisiting the affective character of the major and minor modes,” Auditory Perception & Cognition, 1 (2018). 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.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks

“The musical mind: From mental representation to embodied and extended cognition,” seminar presented at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2021.

“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.

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