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Seminar: 1/23 - Daniel Levitin

11:00 to 12:30 PM      at:  5101 Tolman Hall

Department of Psychology, McGill University
"Mental Representations of Music"

Most people throughout the world and across time have considered music to be an important, sometimes even essential part of their lives. I'll review research that attempts to understand the nature and characteristics of our mental representations for music - the way that humans encode, recall, and experience music.  Converging methodological approaches include psychophysics, neuroimaging, and work with special populations including individuals with Williams Syndrome and Autism.  Understanding how the components of music, such as pitch, tempo, and timing are represented may hold the key to better understanding how music can move us emotionally.