General Subjects Display Cross-Modal Responses to Musical Stimuli

Proceedings of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)
We investigated the perception of music in a cognitive musicology study, employing behavioral methods to examine general associative patterns--i.e. the propensity for subjects to recruit associations when listening to music, reminiscent of synaesthetic cross-wiring (Cytowic, 2009). Although non-Synaesthetic associations to music are less explored, experiments such as Köhler’s (1929) linguistic “Kiki, Boulba” study, demonstrated associations in non-synaesthetes, supporting the hypothesis that general listeners engage cross-sensorial connections.

High-resolution 7-Tesla fMRI data on the perception of musical genres – an extension to the studyforrest dataset

F1000 Research
Here we present an extension to the studyforrest dataset – a versatile resource for studying the behavior of the human brain in situations of real-life complexity ( This release adds more high-resolution, ultra high-field (7 Tesla) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from the same individuals. The twenty participants were repeatedly stimulated with a total of 25 music clips, with and without speech content, from five different genres using a slow event-related paradigm.

Non-Auditory Associations of Musical and Non-Musical Sounds in General Listeners

International Congress on Synaesthesia Art and Science V.
Our research explores theories based upon past behavioural studies and FMRI scans with Synaesthetes and general listeners. FMRI experiments have revealed that the cross-modal associations to sounds in Synaesthetes are less pronounced, yet still present in the general population. The results of our psycho-musicology study with 40 Synaesthetes and 40 non-Synaesthetes reveal a quasi-Synaesthetic [Nikolic, 2014] spectrum extending to general listeners, similar to culturally founded Synaesthesia [Kohler].

How Humans Hear and Imagine Musical Scales

Decoding Population Responses Workshop
The cognitive representations that support our experience of pitch perception and imagery are not well understood and they generally focus on tonotopic organization of neural columns in the brain (place-based coding of absolute frequency). From prior behavioural studies, we understand musical pitch space to be relative to a reference key, and hierarchically organized. Our current study uses a new between-subject common representation of spatio-temporal multivariate population codes to identify the representational space of musical pitch.

Normative Musicology: Automatic Tonal Induction via Entropy and Rational Expectation

Milestones in Music Cognition Workshop
A new branch of systematic musicology, “normative musicology,” is proposed and its practice demonstrated. Normative musicology is the study of optimal (“norma-tive”) expectations about future musical signals, given some corpus of past signals. It is a formalization of many “statistical learning” approaches (e.g. [1]) and may be considered a computational counterpart to empirical musicology.