BCSC 260: Lecture Schedule (subject to change)

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Date
Topic
Due: Blackboard, Readings
Unit 1: Introduction; Music and Evolution
01/12
Intro. to Music Cognition
 
01/19
Evolution
Thompson, Ch. 2 (suggested);
McDermott & Hauser (2005);
#hp due Pinker (1997); #hp due
01/24
(For non-science students):
Research Methods
Reading Statistics
Non-science students:
Levitin (1999);
Windsor (2004)
Unit 2: The Auditory System, Pitch, and Melody
01/26
Sound & the Auditory System
Thompson, Ch. 3 (suggested)
01/31
Pitch Perception and Related Issues
Schellenberg & Trehub (2003); #hp due
02/02
Melody I - Gestalt Principles
Music Theory Review
Schellenberg et al. (1999); #hp due
Extra module for non-music students
02/07
Melody II - Memory
Thompson, Ch. 4 (suggested)
02/09
Midterm Review
Exam review
02/14
Midterm #1
 
Unit 3: Tonality: Learning and Meter
02/16
Tonality I: Tonal Hierarchy
Research and Search Engines
Krumhansl & Shepard (1979) - Exp. 1 only; #hp due
02/21
Tonality II: Key-Finding and Key Relations
 
02/23
Beat Induction & Meter
Jones et al. (2002); #hp due
02/28
Expectation
Paper title/article list due (upload)
Unit 4: Music, Brain, and Language
03/02
Brain Structure & Research Methods; Synaesthesia
Thompson, Ch. 6 (suggested)
03/14
Brain Research on Music;
Paper Requirements (APA)
Schlaug (2001); #hp due
03/16
Language and Music: Aphasia, Double Dissociation
Patel & Daniele (2003); #hp due
Patel (2005); #hp due
03/21
Exam Review; Academic Honesty
 
03/23
Midterm #2
 
Unit 5: Musical Development and Performance
03/28
Infants I: Testing Methods
Thompson, Ch. 5 (suggested)
03/30
Infants II: Findings in Music Psychology
Hannon & Trehub (2005); #hp due
04/04
Music Performance
Thompson, Ch. 9 (suggested)
Unit 6: Effects of Music: Emotion, Well-Being, Therapy
04/06
Emotion I: Theories
Thompson, Ch. 7 (suggested)
04/11
Emotion II: Experimental Findings
 
04/13
Music Liking and Preference
Papers due! (upload to Blackboard)
04/18
Music and Well-Being
McDermott et al. (2014); #hp due
Thompson Ch. 8 (optional)
04/20
Power of Music: “Mozart Effect,” Music and Drugs
Thompson, Ch. 11 (suggested)
Optional: Rauscher et al. (1993)
04/25
Exam Review
 
04/27
Midterm #3