The Role of Singing Accuracy and Imagery Self-Report in Auditory Imagery Tasks

Friday 11 October 2019, 4.30PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Prof Andrea R. Halpern, Bucknell University

Auditory imagery underlies many musical tasks, including good pitch imitation, and can be measured by self-report and in objective tasks. My colleagues and I previously found that poor pitch imitators showed degraded ability to form auditory images of novel short tunes that they were then told to manipulate.

In this talk I examine whether trying to sing a familiar melody helps the poor pitch matcher and the relationship of subvocalization to pitch matching ability. These results can be understood in the context of singing as a particularly interesting sensory-imagery-motor loop.

Since receiving her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University, Prof Halpern has been a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Bucknell University. She studies memory for nonverbal information including auditory imagery, the cognitive neuroscience of music perception, and cognitive aging, particularly with respect to music and art.

She has received grants from several US federal and private agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the Grammy Foundation, and has served as President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. She has spent sabbaticals as a Visiting Professor at McGill, Harvard, UCLA, University of Texas at Dallas, Queen Mary and Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Recent projects include looking at individual differences in auditory imagery, including the relationship to bad singing. In her nonacademic life, she is a good singer, and enjoys participating in choirs of all types, with a special interest in Early Music.

Location: Sally Baldwin D Block | D003