Week 3 – Schemas, categories, styles

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

Schedule

Monday, June 13 (due 7am MDT): reading and quiz 5
Wednesday, June 15 (due 7am MDT): conceptual connections due
Wednesday, June 15 (due 7am MDT): reading and quiz 6
Friday, June 17 (due 7am MDT): core concept video and paragraph submissions due; Week 2 video reassessments due

Unit introduction

When a new song comes on the radio, how quickly do you know if you want to keep listening? The “scan” function on a car radio changes stations every couple of seconds, but for most people, that is more time than they need to know that they want to keep moving and try something else. In fact, most people can discern a musical genre in a fraction of a second — sometimes before they hear the singer sing a complete word! And certainly before they’ve heard an entire musical phrase, or become oriented to the key and the meter. Why is that?

This week we will explore the nature of musical styles and genres, and the cognitive functions that allow us to build a robust implicit understanding of musical styles and to recognize and judge them quickly. We will also explore the nature of musical expertise. Just what makes a musical expert? Are only trained musicians experts?

Core concepts

  • long-term memory
  • implicit (procedural) memory
  • episodic memory
  • semantic memory
  • feature extraction
  • perceptual binding
  • perceptual categories
  • conceptual categories
  • schemata
  • nuance
  • difference between recall & recognition
  • interference
  • cueing
  • priming

Assignments

For Monday, June 13, 7am MDT, please read/watch the following and then take Quiz 5 on D2L:

  • Music and Memory, Chapter 6, “Long-term memory”
  • Music and Memory, Chapter 7, “Categories”
  • Music and Memory, Chapter 12, “Rhythm”

For Wednesday, June 15, 7am MDT, submit three written explanations of the relationship between two different core concepts on our emerging concept map. See the Assignment guide for details on the expectations and collaborative opportunities for this assignment.

For Wednesday, June 15, 7am MDT, please read/watch the following and then take Quiz 6 on D2L:

For Friday, June 17, 7am MDT, submit two core concept videos on concepts from the Week 3 list only (see above). See the Assignment guide for details. If you need to reassess a single video submission from Week 2, please include it with your new videos for Week 3. (Keep in mind that only assignments that were submitted to begin with will be considered for a reassessment.)

For Friday, June 17, 7am MDT, submit two core concept paragraphs. See the Assignment guide for details.