||Title: Brain response to music at different hierarchical levels
Abstract: The primary focus of this talk is an fMRI study that explores two outstanding questions in the field of music cognition: (1) What is the extent to which listeners perceive musical structure beyond short (e.g., phrase length) time windows? (2) What are analogous structures in speech/language and music and how similarly are they processed? The brain imaging data presented in this talk provide a new perspective on both accounts.
Morwaread Farbood is an Assistant Professor in the Music Technology program in the Dept. of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University. Her research focuses primarily on understanding the real-time aspects of music listening, in particular how emergent phenomena such as tonality and musical tension are perceived. She employs methodologies drawn from various disciplines including music theory, cognitive psychology, computer science, and neuroscience. She recently co-founded the Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG) to bring together a community of researchers interested in all areas of music perception and cognition research in the Northeast Corridor region of the U.S. She has published articles and papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings including Music Perception, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Communications in Computer and Information Science, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, and Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computer Conference. She has served on the program/review committees of a diverse range of national and international conferences including the Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, International Computer Music Conference, and the Audio Engineering Society Convention. She received her A.B. from Harvard and S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to her research activities, she directs early music ensembles at NYU and occasionally performs professionally as a harpsichordist.