Week 4 – Form, expectation, emotion

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

Schedule

Monday, June 20 (due 7am MDT): reading and quiz 7
Wednesday, June 22 (due 7am MDT): draft final project contracts due
Wednesday, June 22 (due 7am MDT): concept map contributions due
Wednesday, June 22 (due 7am MDT): reading and quiz 8
Friday, June 24 (due 7am MDT): core concept video and paragraph submissions due; Week 3 video reassessments due

Unit introduction

What is a piece of music that really grips you? What is it about that piece, that moment that floors you every time you hear it? And why is it that we can keep coming back to the same songs, albums, artists without getting bored? Surely we find some music boring, and other music less interesting than the first time we heard it. But think about it. How many times have you seen your favorite movie? And how many times have you listened to your favorite song? What is this seemingly indefatigable power that some music seems to have over us?

This week we will explore the connection between music perception and cognition and human emotion — the cognitive functions and the biological structures that generate our emotional responses to music, and the musical structures and grammars that take advantage of them.

Core concepts

  • musical syntax
  • tonality
  • limbic contrast
  • conditional probability
  • ITPRA theory
  • primary parameters
  • secondary parameters
  • sectional boundaries

Assignments

For Monday, June 20, 7am MDT, please read/watch the following and then take Quiz 7 on D2L:

  • Sweet Anticipation, Chapter 1, “Introduction”
  • Sweet Anticipation, Chapter 2, “Surprise”
  • Sweet Anticipation, Chapter 3, “Measuring musical expectation”
  • Sweet Anticipation, Chapter 4, “Auditory learning”
  • Sweet Anticipation, Chapter 5, “Statistical properties of music”

For Wednesday, June 22, 7am MDT, submit a draft contract for the final project. See the Week 5 Guide for information on the final project. (If you do not think you will meet the threshold required to submit a final A-level project, there is no need to submit a contract proposal. Simply focus on your work for this week, and begin to make plans for reassessments during Week 5. If you have any question about whether or not you will meet the threshold, please contact me.)

For Wednesday, June 22, 7am MDT, submit three written explanations of the relationship between two different core concepts on our emerging concept map(link forthcoming). These relationships should each involve at least one concept from Week 3. (Connections between two Week 3 concepts, or between one Week 3 concept and one Week 2 concept are both fair game.) See the Assignment guide for details on the expectations and collaborative opportunities for this assignment.

For Wednesday, June 22, 7am MDT, please read/watch the following and then take Quiz 8 on D2L:

  • Sweet Anticipation, Chapter 9, “Tonality”
  • Music and Memory, Chapter 13, “Form”

For Friday, June 24, 7am MDT, submit two core concept videos on concepts from the Week 3 or Week 4 lists. See the Assignment guide for details.

For Friday, June 24, 7am MDT, submit two core concept paragraphs on concepts from the Week 3 or Week 4 lists. See the Assignment guide for details.

For Friday, June 24, 7am MDT, submit a revised contract for the final project, based on the feedback you received on yoiur draft contract. See the Week 5 Guide for information on the final project.