Required textbook:

Moore, Brian. An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing, 6th Ed. Emerald Group Publishing, 2012.

Previous editions are also fine. You can find previous editions of this book through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Log in with your Stanford University credentials to access their holdings.

Schnell, Jesse. The Art of Game Design. CRC Press, 2008. Available Online
We won’t be teaching out of this textbook directly but it is a great resource that covers everything you didn’t realize you didn’t know about game design.
A good pace is to read ~2-3 chapters a week.

See the schedule for reading assignments.

Additional Reading

These papers are great reading if you’re interested in a specific topic. We will be adding more current papers to this list throughout the quarter. Many of these papers will be available in their entirety on Canvas. Feel free to select a paper from this list for your in-class paper presentation.

Enhancing the contrast sensitivity function through action video game training.

Li R, Polat U, Makous W, Bavelier D.

Nat Neurosci. 2009 May;12(5):549-51. doi: 10.1038/nn.2296. Epub 2009 Mar 29.


Brains on video games.

Bavelier D, Green CS, Han DH, Renshaw PF, Merzenich MM, Gentile DA.

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011 Nov 18;12(12):763-8. doi: 10.1038/nrn3135.


Reversing pathological neural activity using targeted plasticity.

Engineer ND, Riley JR, Seale JD, Vrana WA, Shetake JA, Sudanagunta SP, Borland MS, Kilgard MP.

Nature. 2011 Feb 3;470(7332):101-4. doi: 10.1038/nature09656. Epub 2011 Jan 12.


Perceptual learning directs auditory cortical map reorganization through top-down influences.

Polley DB, Steinberg EE, Merzenich MM.

J Neurosci. 2006 May 3;26(18):4970-82.


Predicting visual stimuli on the basis of activity in auditory cortices.

Meyer K, Kaplan JT, Essex R, Webber C, Damasio H, Damasio A.

Nat Neurosci. 2010 Jun;13(6):667-8. doi: 10.1038/nn.2533. Epub 2010 May 2.


Assessment of sensorimotor cortical representation asymmetries and motor skills in violin players.

Schwenkreis P, El Tom S, Ragert P, Pleger B, Tegenthoff M, Dinse HR.

Eur J Neurosci. 2007 Dec;26(11):3291-302.


Representational plasticity in cortical area 3b paralleling tactual-motor skill acquisition in adult monkeys.

Xerri C, Merzenich MM, Jenkins W, Santucci S.

Cereb Cortex. 1999 Apr-May;9(3):264-76.


Auditory cortex mapmaking: principles, projections, and plasticity.

Schreiner CE, Winer JA.

Neuron. 2007 Oct 25;56(2):356-65. Review.


Musical training influences linguistic abilities in 8-year-old children: more evidence for brain plasticity.

Moreno S, Marques C, Santos A, Santos M, Castro SL, Besson M.

Cereb Cortex. 2009 Mar;19(3):712-23. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhn120. Epub 2008 Oct 1.


Cross-modal plasticity: where and how?

Bavelier D, Neville HJ.

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2002 Jun;3(6):443-52. Review.


Temporal processing deficits of language-learning impaired children ameliorated by training.

Merzenich MM, Jenkins WM, Johnston P, Schreiner C, Miller SL, Tallal P.

Science. 1996 Jan 5;271(5245):77-81.


Improved probabilistic inference as a general learning mechanism with action video games.

Green CS, Pouget A, Bavelier D.

Curr Biol. 2010 Sep 14;20(17):1573-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.07.040.


Action-video-game experience alters the spatial resolution of vision.

Green CS, Bavelier D.

Psychol Sci. 2007 Jan;18(1):88-94.


Video-game play induces plasticity in the visual system of adults with amblyopia.

Li RW, Ngo C, Nguyen J, Levi DM.

PLoS Biol. 2011 Aug;9(8):e1001135. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001135. Epub 2011 Aug 30.


Visual search performance with 3-D auditory cues: effects of motion, target location, and practice.

Mclntire JP, Havig PR, Watamaniuk SN, Gilkey RH.

Hum Factors. 2010 Feb;52(1):41-53.


3-D Sound for Virtual Reality and Multimedia.

Begault R., Durand

NASA Ames Research Center, 2000.


Learning in the fast lane: new insights into neuroplasticity.

Sagi Y, Tavor I, Hofstetter S, Tzur-Moryosef S, Blumenfeld-Katzir T, Assaf Y.

Neuron. 2012 Mar 22;73(6):1195-203. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2012.01.025. Epub 2012 Mar 21.


Perceptual and neuronal boundary learned from higher-order stimulus probabilities.

Kšver H, Gill K, Tseng YT, Bao S.

J Neurosci. 2013 Feb 20;33(8):3699-705. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3166-12.2013.


Born with an ear for dialects? Structural plasticity in the expert phonetician brain.

Golestani N, Price CJ, Scott SK.

J Neurosci. 2011 Mar 16;31(11):4213-20. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3891-10.2011.


Multisensory interplay reveals crossmodal influences on 'sensory-specific' brain regions, neural responses, and judgments.

Driver J, Noesselt T.

Neuron. 2008 Jan 10;57(1):11-23. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2007.12.013. Review.


Long-term modification of cortical synapses improves sensory perception.

Froemke RC, Carcea I, Barker AJ, Yuan K, Seybold BA, Martins AR, Zaika N, Bernstein H, Wachs M, Levis PA, Polley DB, Merzenich MM, Schreiner CE.

Nat Neurosci. 2013 Jan;16(1):79-88. doi: 10.1038/nn.3274. Epub 2012 Nov 25.