Cognition Reading Group
A monthly reading/discussion group on music cognition and related topics was created
and moderated by Aline Honingh since 2004. From 2006 on
members of the Music Cognition Group, Leigh Smith and Olivia Ladinig, continued organising the event in it's initial design.
Now meetings are called roughly every two months by Olivia, on flexible
dates and times. For each meeting one
or two articles are chosen (and read by the participants beforehand) to
basis for a discussion. Generally, the person who suggests a
particular paper also gives a short overview of it or highlights some
discussion points at the beginning of the reading group.
Also, attendees are encouraged to present their own work,
since this is a nice opportunity to get feedback about ones own
work. If you are interested in attending these meetings, please
send an e-mail to, in order that you will receive email notifications about upcoming meetings. Suggestions
for papers to discuss during
one of our meetings are very
welcome. The meetings are held at the Euclides building (Institute for
Logic, Language and Computation) at Plantage Muidergracht 24, 1018TV
Amsterdam. You can find a route description here.
Current and past agenda
- 06 February 2009, time tba, room tba: Discussion on Music
Imagery. A presentation will be given by Rebecca Schaefer (Radboud
University Nijmegen, NICI).
- 26 October 2007, 13-15:00, room 1.14: Fitch, W.T. & Rosenfeld, A.J. (2007).
Perception and production of syncopated rhythms. Music
Perception, 25, 43-58.
- 12 July 2007: Special discusison and feedback session on planned presentations for upcoming SMPC, Montreal.
- 27 April 2007: Repp, B.H. (2007). Hearing a melody in
different ways: Multistability of metrical interpretation, reflected in
rate limits of sensorimotor synchronization. Cognition, 102, 434 -
- 16 March 2007: Todd, N.P.M., Cousins, R., & Lee,
C.S. (2007). The contribution of anthropometric factors to individual
differences in the perception of rhythm. Empirical Musicology Review,
2, 1-13. AND Repp, B.H. (2007). Embodied rhythm: Commentary on 'The
contribution of anthropometric factors to individual
differences in the perception of rhythm'. Empirical Musicology Review,
- 26 January 2007: Applying inner metric analysis to rhythm
perception, analysis and classification. A talk is given by Anja Volk.
- 24 November 2006: Sadakata, M., Desain, P.W.M., &
Honing, H.J. (2006). The Bayesian way to relate rhythm perception and
production. Music Perception, 23 (3), 267-286. A presentation will be
given by Makiko Sadakata.
- 27 October 2006:
Temperley, D. (2004). An evaluation system for metrical models.
Computer Music Journal, 28 (3), 28-44.
- 29 September 2006: Handel, S. (1993). The effect of tempo
and tone duration on rhythm discrimination. Perception &
Psychophysic, 54 (3), 370-382.
- 23 June 2006: Honing, H. (2006). Computational modeling of
music cognition: a case study on model selection. Music Perception,
- 19 May 2006: cancelled
- 21 April 2006: Mark G. Orr & Stellan Ohlsson
(2005). Relationship between complexity and liking as a function of
expertise. Music Perception, 22 (4), 583-611.
- 17 March 2006: E. Bigand et al. (2005). Multidimensional
scaling of emotional responses to music: The effect of musical
expertise and of the duration of the excerpts. Cognition and Emotion,
19 (8), 1113-1139.
- 10 February 2006: E.G. Schellenberg (2001). Music and
nonmusical abilities. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 930,
355-371. & K.M. Nantais & E.G. Schellenberg (1999). The
mozart effect: An artifact of preference. Psychological Science, 10,
- 20 January 2006: Leigh M. Smith & Peter Kovesi
(1996). A continuous time-frequency approach to representing rhythmic
strata. In: Proceedings of the 4th ICMPC, Montreal, 197-202.
- 14 December 2005 (Wednesday!!): Oliver Vitouch (2003).
Absolutist Models of Absolute Pitch are Absolutely Misleading. Music
Perception 2003, Vol. 21, No. 1, 111-117.
- 18 November 2005: Steven Mithen (2005). The Singing
Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body. Chapters
1,2 and 17.
- 21 October 2005: Henk Visser (2005). From Bach to Wagner
- 23 September 2005: William A. Sethares (1993). Local
consonance and the relationship between timbre and scale. Journal of
the Acoustical Society of America. vol. 94, no. 3, pp. 1218-1228.
- 17 June 2005: Peter M. Todd (1999). Simulating the
evolution of musical behavior. In N.L. Wallin, B. Merker, and S. Brown
(Eds.), /The origins of music/ (pp. 361-388). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- 27 May 2005: (1) Frans Wiering, Rainer Typke, Remco C.
Veltkamp (2004) - Transportation Distances and Their Application in
Music-Notation Retrieval. In: Music Query: Methods, Strategies, and
User Studies (Computing in Musicology 13), pages 113-128. (2)
Eleanor Selfridge-Field (2004) - Towards a Measure of Cognitive
Distance in Melodic Similarity. In: Music Query: Methods, Strategies,
and User Studies (Computing in Musicology 13), pages 93-111.
- 15 April 2005: Aline Honingh, Rens Bod (2004). The Notion
of Convexity in Music. Under review.
- 17 March 2005 (Note that this is a Thursday!): (1)
Longuet-Higgins, H. C. and Lee, C. S. (1987). The rhythmic
interpretation of monophonic music. In H. C. Longuet-Higgins, editor,
Mental Processes: Studies in Cognitive Science, pages 150-168. (2)
Honing, H. (2004) Het geheim van de syncope. Over muziekcognitie, meten
aan uitvoeringen, spannende ritmes en de aandacht van baby's. De Groene
Amsterdammer 45, 28-29.
- 11 February 2005: David Huron (2001). Tone and Voice: A
Derivation of the Rules of Voice-leading from Perceptual Principles.
Music Perception, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2001) pp. 1-64.
- 14 January 2005: (1) Rebecca Schaefer, Jaap M.J. Murre,
Rens Bod (2004). Limits to Universality in Segmentation of Simple
Melodies. Proceedings of the ICMPC8. (2) Rebecca Schaefer and Alexandra
Lamont (2004). The effect of type of musical expertise on melody
recognition: modular and interactive perspectives of musical
information processing. A presentation is given by Rebecca Schaefer.
- 10 December 2004: Neta Spiro (2004). What is a musical
phrase and what is its role in music perception? General conclusions
resulting from a series of studies of excerpts of classical music by
composers from Bach to Wagner.A presentation is given by Neta Spiro.
- 12 November 2004: (1) Sadakata, M., Ohgushi, K. &
Desain, P. (2004). A cross-cultural comparison study of the production
of simple rhythmic patterns. Psychology of Music 32(4): 389-403. (2)
Patel, A.D. and Daniele, J.R. (2003). An empirical comparison of rhythm
in language and music. Cognition 87: B35-B45. A presentation is given
by Makiko Sadakata.
- 15 October 2004: Marvin Minsky (1981). Music, Mind and
Meaning. Computer Music Journal, Vol. 5, Number 3. A presentation is
given by Christer Hennix.
- 17 September 2004: Nicholas Cook (1994). A Guide to Music
Analysis, chapter 4 ("Formal Approaches to Analysis"), section II
("Set-theoretical Analysis"). Michiel Schuijer (2004), PhD thesis,
Chapter 7 ("Mise-en-Scene"), section 2 ("Historical Models and Topical
Meanings"). A presentation is given by Michiel Schuijer.
- June 2004: Ralph Smeenk (2004). Towards a model of
Parallelism. Proceeding of ICMC 2004.
- May 2004: Eleni Lapidaki (2000). Stability of Tempo
Perception in Music Listening. Music Education Research, Vol. 2, No.1.
A presentation is given by Eleni Lapidaki.
- April 2004: Edward M. Burns (1982). Intervals, scales and
tuning. In D. Deutsch (ed.), The Psychology of Music. New York:
- March 2004: Henkjan Honing (2004). A Perception-based
alternative to kinematic models of rubato? A presentation is given by