SGSI07 Music and Human Behavior

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Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

SGSI Summer course in Musical Behavior

Guest musicians and speakers

  • Debra Fong
  • Livia Sohn
  • St. Lawrece String Quartet
  • Malcolm Slaney
  • John Chowning
  • Gareth Loy
  • Paul Kiparsky


Sunday, 9/16 5:30 p.m. Opening Concert

  • Dinner, Concert, Lecture.
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet: Haydn, String quartet Op. 54.2, Beethoven, String quartet Op. 132.
  • Jonathan Berger: Questioning Musical Behavior.

Monday 9/17 The Anatomy of Hearing

  • 10:00 a.m. Vinod Menon: Brain Organism for Auditory Processing I and II.
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 2:00 p.m. Malcolm Slaney: Computational Auditory Models.
  • 3:00 p.m. Menon: Functional Brain Imaging.
  • 5:00 p.m. Leave Knoll to Medical Center
  • 5:30 p.m. Lesley Robertson: Tour of fMRI.

Tuesday 9/18 Learning and Memory

  • 10:00 a.m. Berger and Livia Sohn: Largo, Bach C Major Sonata for violin - Performance aspects of attention and memory.
  • 11:00 a.m. Menon: Cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory: Implications for music.
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:00 p.m. Group project: experiment design.
  • 2:00 p.m. John Chowning: Perceptual fusion, Gestalt law of common fate, source identification and segregation.
  • 3:00 p.m. Group project: experiment design continued.
  • 4:45 p.m. Leave to SF Opera (bus trip)
  • 7:00 p.m. SF Opera, Wagner Tannhauser

Wednesday 9/19 Expectation in Music

  • 10:00 a.m. Berger: Haydn Op. 54.2 -- a theory of musical expectations.
  • 11:00 a.m. Menon: Cognitive neuroscience of expectation and attention.
  • 12:00 a.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:00 p.m. Group project: Implementing the experiment.
  • 2:00 p.m. Gareth Loy: Information Theory and the Mathematics of Expectation
  • 3:00 p.m. Group project: Implementing the experiment continued.
  • 4:00 p.m. Chris Costanza and Debra Fong: Ravel, Sonato for violin and cello.

Thursday 9/20 Timing and temporal structures

  • 10:00 a.m. Menon: Neural basis of temporal structure processing in music.
  • 11:00 a.m. Berger: Monophonic polymeter and imbroglio.
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:00 p.m. Group project: executing the experiment.
  • 2:00 p.m. Paul Kaparsky: Meter and prosody
  • 3:00 p.m. Group project: executing the experiment continued.
  • 4:00 p.m. Chris Costanza: Bach: Sarabande, c minor, cello suite

Friday 9/21 Emotion

  • 10:00 a.m. Menon: Cognitive neuroscience of emotion in music.
  • 11:00 a.m. Berger:
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Concert
  • 1:00 p.m. Berger, Menon, Fong, Sohn, and SLSQ: Emotion and affect.
  • 2:00 p.m. Group project presentation.
  • 3:00 p.m. Menon and Berger: Wrap-up.


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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.