Research Group Computational Auditory Perception

 Focusing largely on the auditory modality, the Computational Auditory Perception Research Group explores the roles of experience and exposure in creating and affecting our perception of the world. Using novel methodologies including massive online experiments and cross-cultural research, we aim to characterize the ways in which people from diverse backgrounds internalize and process external conditions. Studying such differences and similarities can help us better ascertain the interaction of nature and nurture in generating individual sensory experiences.

    PsyNet: The Online Human Behavior Lab of the Future

    Over the past decade, research in psychology, sociology, and economics has begun to incorporate online participant pools to varying extents. These online pools allow experimenters to increase the sample size and diversity of their participant groups, while also enabling experiments that would be nearly impossible to conduct in the lab, for example exploring interactions between thousands of participants within social networks.

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    Studying Consonance Perception in Continuous Pitch and Timbre Space

    Consonance is a fundamental aspect of music perception that has been studied for many centuries. Most of this work relies heavily on musical stimuli drawn from quantized musical scales (e.g., 12-tone equal temperament, or the Bohlen-Pierce scale), synthesized either using idealized harmonic complex tones or Western instrument sounds (e.g., piano, clarinet).

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    Using Serial Reproduction to Reveal Spatial Priors in Navigation

    Navigation poses a difficult problem for the human visual system, which must process complex and noisy scenes while keeping pace with a relentless stream of incoming information.

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    Automating Ethnological Rhythmic Analysis of Messiaen

    There are a number of unanswered questions about Olivier Messiaen’s use of ethnological rhythmic fragments; in particular, Śārṅgadeva’s set of deçi-tâlas––a collection of 120+ popular provincial rhythms collected in 13th century India––and Greek prosodic feet.

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    Gibbs Sampling with People

    As cognitive scientists, we are often interested in mapping the relationship between external stimuli (e.g., spoken sentences, musical chords, faces) and semantic features that the mind derives from these stimuli (e.g., happiness, sadness, pleasantness).

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    A Robust Cross-Platform Solution for Online Sensorimotor Synchronization Experiments

    Sensorimotor synchronization (SMS), the rhythmic coordination of perception and action, is a fundamental human skill that supports many behaviors, from repetitive daily routines to the highest forms of behavioural coordination, including music and dance (see Repp, 2005; Repp & Su, 2013, for reviews).

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    Experimenting with Governance in Virtual Worlds

    Culture is deep inside us, in our ability to speak, in our sense of belonging, in our values. The capacity of our brain to adapt to and integrate culture is what makes us human: from birth, our mind is set to absorb concepts, technologies and social conventions that accumulated over thousands of generations.

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    Cultural Foundations of Auditory Perception

    Over 90% of psychology experiments between 2003-2007 were conducted on WEIRD subjects, hailing from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic societies (Arnett 2008). Henrich et al. (2010) have argued that these populations constitute an extremely biased sample across several critical dimensions, manifested in paradigms from basic visual and spatial perception to social cognition.

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    Jobs

    Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d)

    Project "Characterizing Human Perception and Culture Using Massive Online Experiments"

    Scientific Programmer (f/m/d)

    Project "Characterizing Human Perception and Culture Using Massive Online Experiments"

    Activities


    Jacoby  presented a talk on "Universality and cross-cultural variation in mental representations of music revealed by large-scale comparisons of rhythm priors." More information... [more]


    organized by the TEMPoral Organization of Speech (TEMPOS) research cluster at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. [more]


    Harrison presents "Reward prediction: An explanation for musical pleasure?" at Cognition and Neuroscience Group, Goldsmiths College, University of London [more]

    Press

    A New Discovery About Spatial Representation in the Brain

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    Catch the Deutschlandfunk interview here.

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    Catch the SRF interview here (starts at 10'28)

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    Contact

    Nori Jacoby

    Dr. Nori Jacoby

    Research Group Computational Auditory Perception

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    Diana Gleiß

    Diana Gleiß

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    Peter Harrison

    Dr. Peter Harrison

    Research Group Computational Auditory Perception

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    Manuel Anglada-Tort

    Dr. Manuel Anglada-Tort

    Research Group Computational Auditory Perception

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    Raja Marjieh

    Raja Marjieh

    Research Group Computational Auditory Perception

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    Luke Poeppel

    Luke Poeppel

    Research Group Computational Auditory Perception

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    Ofer Tchernichovski

    Ofer Tchernichovski

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    Harin Lee

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    Frank Hoeger

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    Thomas Langlois

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    Maria Zimmermann

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    Fotini Deligiannaki

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    Emily Trubshaw

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