Week 1 – Introduction to auditory memory

Music Cognition (PSYC 4541), CU–Boulder, Summer 2016

Schedule

Tuesday, May 31, 7pm MDT: Video office hours
Wednesday, June 1, (due 7am MDT): introductions (see Getting started)
Wednesday, June 1 (due 7am MDT): reading and quiz 1
Thursday, June 2, 10am MDT: Video office hours
Friday, June 3 (due 7am MDT): reading and quiz 2
Friday, June 3 (due 7am MDT): Complete office hours poll

Unit introduction

What is a musical note? a chord? rhythm? Do musicians define these differently than cognitive scientists? What exactly do we hear when we listen to music?

We will engage these and other related questions during this unit, as we begin to explore the workings of the human auditory system and basic musical concepts.

Core concepts

In this unit, we will explore the following core concepts:

  • (musical) events
  • pitch
  • echoic memory
  • primitive auditory grouping
  • learned auditory grouping
  • habituation
  • musical meter
  • musical keys

Assignments

On Tuesday, May 31, 7pm MDT, we will have our first video office hours. A link to the chat is here (password is provided on D2L). This is the prime opportunity for some (if not all) of us to discuss things live, as a group. We will use Zoom, a video conferencing app supported by CU’s Office of Information Technology. Please visit OIT’s Zoom support page for information on setting up your account and downloading the software. There are both desktop and mobile versions. (It is possible to participate via phone instead of the app. See OIT’s instructions, and contact me if you need help.)

For Wednesday, June 1, 7am MDT, complete the introductory activities. See Getting started for details.

For Wednesday, June 1, 7am MDT, please read/watch the following and then take Quiz 1 on D2L:

On Thursday, June 2, 10am MDT, we will have our second video office hours. A link to the chat is here (password is provided on D2L). This is the prime opportunity for some (if not all) of us to discuss things live, as a group. We will use Zoom, a video conferencing app supported by CU’s Office of Information Technology. Please visit OIT’s Zoom support page for information on setting up your account and downloading the software. There are both desktop and mobile versions. (It is possible to participate via phone instead of the app. See OIT’s instructions, and contact me if you need help.)

For Friday, June 3, 7am MDT, please read/watch the following and then take Quiz 2 on D2L:

  • Music and Memory, Chapter 2, “Echoic Memory”
  • Music and Memory, Chapter 3, “Grouping”
  • Music and Memory, Chapter 10, “Event Fusion”

Keep in mind the collaborative nature of the D2L quizzes. See the Assignment guide for details.

Also for Friday, June 3, 7am MDT, please fill out this poll about online office hours preferences.