SGSI07 Music and Human Behavior

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Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

SGSI Summer course in Musical Behavior

Course outline

  • Sunday 9/16 dinner and concert
  • Monday 9/17 The Anatomy of Musical Hearing
  • Tuesday 9/18 Learning and Memory
  • Wednesday 9/19 Expectations
  • Thursday 9/20 Timing and temporal structures
  • Friday 9/21 Emotion in Music


  • 9/16 Haydn, String Quartet op. 54, no. 2. Beethoven, string Quartet, op. 132
  • 9/18 Wagner, Tannhauser (tentative)
  • 9/19 Schubert, String Quintet, C major (tentative)


  1. Peretz I, Zatorre RJ. Brain organization for music processing. Annu Rev Psychol. 2005;56:89-114. Review. PMID: 15709930 link
  2. Peretz, I. & R. J. Zatorre. 2003. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. Oxford University Press, New York.
  3. The Neurosciences and Music II: From Perception to Performance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, December 2005 - Vol. 1060. pp. xi-487. link
  4. Zatorre RJ, Chen JL, Penhune VB. When the brain plays music: auditory-motor interactions in music perception and production. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2007 Jul;8(7):547-58. PMID: 17585307. link
  5. Stewart L, von Kriegstein K, Warren JD, Griffiths TD. Music and the brain: disorders of musical listening. Brain. 2006 Oct;129(Pt 10):2533-53. Epub 2006 Jul 15. Review. PMID: 16845129. link
  6. McDonald I. Musical alexia with recovery: a personal account. Brain. 2006 Oct;129(Pt 10):2554-61. Epub 2006 Sep 7. PMID: 16959814. link
  7. Sridharan D, Levitin DJ, Chafe CH, Berger J, Menon V. Neural dynamics of event segmentation in music: converging evidence for dissociable ventral and dorsal networks. Neuron. 2007 Aug 2;55(3):521-32. PMID: 17678862. link
  8. Blood, A.J. & Zatorre, R.J. Intensely pleasurable responses to music correlate with activity in brain regions implicated with reward and emotion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 98, pp. 11818-11823 (2001) link
  9. Zatorre, R.J. & Halpern, A.R. Mental Concerts: Musical Imagery and Auditory Cortex. Neuron, 47, pp. 9-12 (2005) link
  10. Krumhansl, C. L. Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 16-31 (1990)
  11. Krumhansl. C.L. Music: A Link Between Cognition and Emotion (2002)
  12. Current Directions in Psychological Science. Vol. 11 Issue 2 Page 45 April (2002)
  13. Krumhansl, C.L. A perceptual analysis of Mozart's Piano Sonata K. 282: Segmentation, tension, and musical ideas. Music Perception 13 (3):401-432. (1996)

Pre-course assignment

Please answer the following and e-mail your responses to Song-Hui Chon

  1. Succinctly describe what you hope to get out of this course and what you feel you can contribute.
  2. List five questions regarding music and human musical behavior that you would like to pursue in depth during the week of the summer course.