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On Repeat: How Music Plays the Brain

Books

Margulis, E.H. (Under contract). The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. New York: Oxford University Press. Winner of the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory. Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award.

Articles, Book Chapters, and Reviews


Margulis, E.H. (In press). An Exploratory Study of Narrative Experiences of Music. Music Perception.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (In press). The Sound-to-Music Illusion: Repetition Can Musicalize Non-Speech Sounds. Music & Science.

Graber, E., Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (In press). Musical and linguistic listening modes in the speech-to-song illusion bias timing perception and absolute pitch memory. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Margulis, E.H. (In press). Repetition. In A. Rehding & S. Rings (Eds.), Handbook of Concepts in Music Theory. New York: Oxford University Press.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (In press). Expectation, Information Processing, and Subjective Duration. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.

Margulis, E.H. (In press). Expectancy. In Thorau, C., Sprick, J.P., Schwab-Felisch, O., & Jessulat, A. (Eds.), Handbook of Musical Analysis. Kassel and Stuttgart, Germany: Bärenreiter & Metzer.

Margulis, E.H., Levine, W.H., Simchy-Gross, R., & Kroger, C. (2017). Expressive Intent, Ambiguity, and Aesthetic Experiences of Music and Poetry. PLOS ONE, 12(7): e0179145.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). How Music Meshes with Mind. Review of "Comparing Notes: How We Make Sense of Music." Nature, 546, 341.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Musical Aesthetics and Values. In R. Ashley & R. Timmers (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Music Cognition (pp. 513-522). New York: Routledge.

Kroger, C. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). But They Told Me It Was Professional: Extrinsic Factors in the Evaluation of Musical Performance. Psychology of Music, 45, 49-64.

Eitan, Z., Ben-Haim, S. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). Implicit Absolute Pitch Representation Affects Basic Tonal Perception. Music Perception, 34, 569-584.

Margulis, E.H. & Simchy-Gross, R. (2016). Repetition Enhances the Musicality of Randomly Generated Tone Sequences. Music Perception, 33, 509-514.

Volk, A., Chew, E., Margulis, E.H. & Anagnostopoulou, C. (2016). Music Similarity: Concepts, Cognition, Computation. Journal of New Music Research, 45, 207-209.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Toward a Better Understanding of Perceived Complexity in Music: A Commentary on Eerola. Empirical Musicology Review, 11, 18-19.

Campbell, S.M. & Margulis, E.H. (2015). Catching an Earworm Through Movement. Journal of New Music Research, 44, 347-358.

Margulis, E.H., Kisida, B. & Greene, J. P. (2015). A Knowing Ear: The Effect of Explicit Information on Children's Experience of a Musical Performance. Psychology of Music, 43, 596-605.

Margulis, E.H., Simchy-Gross, R. & Black, J.L. (2015). Pronunciation Difficulty, Temporal Regularity, and the Speech-to-Song Illusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00048.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Repetition and Musicality. SMT-V: Videocast Journal of the Society for Music Theory, 1.1.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Expectation, Musical Topics, and the Problem of Affective Differentiation. In D. Mirka (Ed.), Handbook of Topic Theory. New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 629-641).

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Verbatim Repetition and Musical Engagement. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 24, 157-163.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Perception, Expectation, Affect, Analysis. Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft fuer Musiktheorie, 10.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Expectancy. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Silence. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition and Emotive Communication in Music Versus Speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 167. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00167

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Review of Steve Larson, Musical Forces: Motion, Metaphor, and Meaning in Music. Music Perception, 30, 4.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Aesthetic Responses to Repetition in Unfamiliar Music. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 31, 45-57.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Review of David Huron, Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation. Music Theory Spectrum, 34, 145-148.

Wong, P.C.M., Chan, A.H.D., & Margulis, E.H. (2012). Effects of Mono- and Bi-Cultural Experiences on Auditory Perception. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252, 158-162.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Musical Repetition Detection Across Multiple Exposures. Music Perception, 29, 377-385.

Wong, P.C.M., Chan, A.H.D., Roy, A., & Margulis, E.H. (2011). The Bimusical Brain is not Two Monomusical Brains in One: Evidence from Musical Affective Processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 4082-4093. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00105

Ettlinger, M., Margulis, E.H., & Wong, P.C.M. (2011). Implicit Memory in Music and Language. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 211. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00211

Margulis, E.H. (2010). When Program Notes Don't Help: Music Descriptions and Enjoyment. Psychology of Music, 38, 285-302.

Huron, D. & Margulis, E.H. (2010). Music, Expectancy, and Thrills. In P.N. Juslin &  J.A. Sloboda (Eds.), Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications (pp. 575-604). New York: Oxford University Press.

Wong, P.C.M., Roy, A.K., & Margulis, E.H. (2009). Bimusicalism: The Implicit Dual Enculturation of Cognitive and Affective Systems. Music Perception, 27, 81-88.

Wong, P.C.M., Perrachione, T.K., & Margulis, E.H. (2009). Effects of Asymmetric Cultural Experiences on the Auditory Pathway: Evidence from Music. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169, 157-163.

Margulis, E.H. (2009). Review of Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. American Journal of Bioethics, 9(9),70-71.

Margulis, E.H., Uppunda, A.K., Mlsna, L.M., Parrish, T.B., & Wong, P. C.M. (2009). Selective Neurophysiologic Responses to Timbre in Musicians with Different Listening Biographies. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 267-275.

Margulis, E.H. & Beatty, A.P. (2008). Musical Style, Psychoaesthetics, and Prospects for Entropy as an Analytic Tool. Computer Music Journal, 32(4), 64-78.

Margulis, E.H. (2008). Neuroscience: The Food of Musical Culture? Review of General Psychology, 28, 159-169.

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Moved by Nothing: Listening to Musical Silence. Journal of Music Theory, 51, 245-276.

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Surprise and Listening Ahead: Analytic Engagements with Musical Tendencies. Music Theory Spectrum, 29, 197-217.

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Silences in Music are Musical not Silent: An Exploratory Study of the Effect of Context on Musical Pauses. Music Perception, 24, 485-506.

Margulis, E.H. & Levine, W.H. (2006).Timbre Priming Effects and Expectation in Melody. Journal of New Music Research, 35, 175-182.

Margulis, E.H. (2005). A Model of Melodic Expectation. Music Perception, 22, 663-714. 

Margulis, E.H. (2005). Review-essay on Kevin Korsyn, Decentering Music. Psychology of Music, 33, 335-341.

Recent Invited Talks

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Using science to think about musical listening. Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Using science to think about music. Invited talk, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Empirical tools for thinking about musical aesthetics. Invited keynote, McGill Graduate Music Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Empirical tools for thinking about musical aesthetics. College of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Empirical tools for thinking about musical aesthetics. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. THEME Series Colloquium, School of Music, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. School of Music, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Music perception for neuromorphs. Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop. Telluride, CO.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Visiting Faculty Lecture, Exploring the Mind Through Music Conference, Rice University, Houston, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Repetition and musicality. Google Music, Art, and Machine Intelligence Workshop. Google San Francisco, CA.

Koelsch, S., Margulis, E.H., Sadoff, R. & Tan, S.-L. (2016). Why movies move us: The psychology and neuroscience of film music. New York University, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Can science really tell us anything about listening to music? Southern Methodist University, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Interdisciplinary Institute, Dallas, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Music Theory Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Repetition, music, and mind. Robert Samels Visiting Scholar Public Lecture, Indiana University, Bloomingon, IN.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Adventures in empirical approaches to musical aesthetics. Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Can science really tell us anything about how we listen to music? Music Theory Colloquium, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Perceiving music narratively: Who does it, and when? Department of Music Colloquium, Washington University, St, Louis, MO.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Perceiving music narratively: Who does it, and when? Madison Music Scholar Lecture, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). What's at stake for music cognition in similarity research? Plenary session at Music Similarity: Concepts, Cognition, and Computation. Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and mind. Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Series, University of Cincinnati - College/Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Why does music repeat so much? Lightning Talk, Science Foo Camp, Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA.

Marguils, E.H. (2014). Is music a language? Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville, AR.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and mind. Music Theory Colloquium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Panel discussion on science and the humanities with Eric Kandel. Emerson-Weir Symposium, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Using cognitive science to understand music. Honors Colloquium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and mind. Music Theory Colloquium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and Mind. College of Music, Music Forum, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Department of Psychology Cognitive Science Seminar Series, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Department of Music Visiting Committee Colloquium Series, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Music Theory and Cognition Colloquium, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Cognitive Science Program Colloquium, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester/Cornell University/University of Buffalo Music Cognition Symposium, Rochester, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music Colloquium, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music Colloquium, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Margulis, EH. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music Colloquium, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music and Performing Arts Colloquium, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Invited talk on the Eminent Speakers Series, Music, Mind and Brain Program, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK.

Margulis, E.H., Lerdahl, F. & LeDoux, J. (2011). Modeling expectation and tension in music and how they shape listeners' emotional response. Invited Panel, Fourth Meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Invited Talk, New York University, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Empiricism, performance, theory: Interdisciplinarity and the Liszt B Minor Sonata. Invited two-week seminar at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Invited Talk, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Cognitive science and musical expressivity. Internationale Sommerakademie, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Freshman seminar workshop on empirical methods in music research. Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Confronting the problem of repetition in music. Invited Talk, 2010 Symposium of Research in Music Theory, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Margulis, E.H. (2009). Music again: Perspectives on repetition in music. CIRMMT Distinguished Lecture in the Science and Technology of Music. McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2009). Some approaches to repetition in music. Music Cognition Colloquium, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2006). Moved by nothing. Music Department Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Margulis, E.H. (2006). A cognitive perspective on piano performance. Forum Internacional de Musica, Barcelona, Spain.

Margulis, E.H. (2004). Toward an expectational account of music. Music Department Colloquium, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2004). Toward an expectational account of music. Music Theory Department Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IL.

Recent Conference Presentations

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Theory, analysis, and characterizations of the musical. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Arlington, VA.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). Does speaking rate affect singing rate? Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, CA.

Margulis, E.H., Levine, W.H., Simchy-Gross, R. & Kroger, C. (2017). Expressive intent, ambiguity, and aesthetic responses to music and poetry. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, CA.

Graber, E., Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). Speech transformed into song heightens temporal sensitivity but weakens absolute pitch sensitivity. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, CA.

Taverno, P. & Margulis, E.H. (2016). Individual differences and suggestibility in visual imagery in visualization to music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, CA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Narrative experiences of instrumental pop music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, CA.

Flaig, N., Molfese, P., Margulis, E.H., Kroger, C. & Large, E. (2016). Real or perceived? Neural underpinnings of expectation in the enjoyment of performances. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, CA.

Gjerdingen, R., Huron, D., Loughridge, D., Margulis, E.H., Wallmark, Z. & Zbikowski, L. (2016). Music and the cognitive sciences: Prospects and problems. Music Cognition Special Interest Group, Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Vancouver, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Perceiving music narratively: Who does it, and when? Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2015). Musical time estimation: How musical
expectancies and oddballs influence duration judgments. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN.

Kroger, C. & Margulis, E.H. (2015). The sound or the expectation: Psychological processes in the evaluation of musical performance. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2014). Attention, density, and coherence in musical time estimation. 13th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Black, J. & Margulis, E.H. (2014). Contextual variability in affective responses to music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Verbatim repetition and listening musically. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Interest as an emotional response to music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

McCullough, S. (2014). The effect of motor involvement and melody truncation on involuntary musical imagery. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2014). Modulating attention in multi-part Music: Is simple consonance more helpful than compound dissonance?

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Musical topics and the affective differentiation of surprise. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Toronto, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Musical topics and the phenomenology of surprise. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, New Orleans, LA.

Margulis, E.H. & Eitan, Z. (2012). Tonality and affective experience: What the probe tone method reveals. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Empirical approaches to musical repetition. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, MN.

Cramer, A., Margulis, E.H., Tymoczko, D., Gopinath, S. & Everett, W. (2011). Special session: Reaching beyond the field. Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, MN.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Repetition as a factor in aesthetic preference. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Rochester, NY.

Taher, C. (2011). The Ineffability of Modern Art Music. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Rochester, NY.

Wong, P.C.M., Chan, A.H.D. & Margulis, E.H. (2011). The bimusical brain. The Neuroscience and Music IV, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Repetition detection across multiple exposures. 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seattle, WA.

Chan, A.D., Wong, P.C.M., Roy, A.K., & Margulis, E.H.M. (2009). Neural mechanisms of music listening by mono- and bi-cultural everyday music listeners. Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, San Francisco, CA.

Margulis, E.H. (2008). Musical discourse, musical experience. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Nashville, TN. 

Margulis, E.H. (2008). Linguistic description and musical experience. 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan.

Roy, A.K., Margulis, E.H., & Wong, P.C.M. (2008). Bimusicality: A dual enculturation effect on non-musicians' musical tension and memory. 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan.

Wong, P.C.M., Roy., A.K., & Margulis, E.H. (2008). The complex dynamics of repeated musical exposure. 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan.

Margulis, E.H., Roy, A.K. & Wong, P.C.M. (2008). The perceptual and cognitive non-linearities underlying musical preference across multiple exposures. Acoustical Society of America, June 2008, Paris. 

Sears, D. (2008). Processing surprise in tonal melodies. Confounding Expectation: Music and the Unexpected Outcome. Graduate Student Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Margulis, E.H., Uppunda, A.K., Mlsna, L.M., Parrish, T.B. & Wong, P.C.M. (2007). Selective neurophysiologic responses to timbre in musicians with different listening biographies. 13th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Chicago, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Neuroscience: The food of musical culture? From the Brain to Human Culture: Intersections Between the Humanities and Neuroscience, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

Margulis, E.H. (2006). Context effects on the experience of musical silence. 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, Italy.

Margulis, E.H. (2005). Surprise and listening ahead: Analytic engagements with musical tendencies. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Boston, MA.

Margulis, E.H. & Levine, W.H. (2004). Melodic expectation: A priming study. 8th Internationl Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Evanston, IL.

Marguils, E.H. (2003). A model of melodic expectation. 5th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Hanover, Germany.

Margulis, E.H. (2003). Expectancy and affect in melody. International Conference on Music and Gesture, Norwich, England.

Margulis, E.H. (2003). A model of melodic expectation. 5th Annual Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts. Baden-Baden, Germany.

Margulis, E.H. (2003). Factors in melodic expectancy. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Las Vegas, NV.