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Mark Schmuckler

PSYC56H3 S Spring 2008 Music Cognition Instructor: Mark A. Schmuckler Office: S-515 Phone: 287-7417 Office Hours: Thursday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Course Web Site: Teaching Assistant: Dominuqe Vuvan Office: S-561E Phone: 287-7429 Office Hours: Tuesday, 2:30 – 4:30 PM Class Times and Locations: Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, HW 214 Course Description: This course studies the perceptual and cognitive processing involved in the psychology of music. The general idea is to acquaint students with the basic concepts and issues involved in the understanding of musical passages. The focus of this course is on the perception and cognition of musical materials, taking as its starting point the music listener as a gatherer and interpreter of information from the environment. Topics will include aspects such as the basic physical and psychological properties of sound, pitch perception and melodic organization, the perception of rhythm and time, musical correlates of psychological structure, musical performance, emotion and meaning in music, musical development, and so on. Readings: Levitan, D. (2006). This is your brain on music: The science of a human obsession. New York: Dutton. Levitan’s book is a very readable, extremely interesting source, although it is limited in terms of the detail of the scientific studies conducted on the various topics. Accordingly, to supplement this aspect of the course there will be a series of required complementary readings for each week that will be more explic
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