Music Cognition Lab

                    Director: Jamshed J. Bharucha, Ph.D.

Jamshed Bharucha

Jamshed Bharucha is Provost and Senior Vice President at Tufts University. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, received an M.A. in Philosophy from Yale university, and attained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University.

As a professor at Dartmouth College and now at Tufts University, Professor Bharucha has explored the cognitive and neural basis of the perception of music, with particular emphasis on the cognitive processes underlying the representation and perception of tonality. He has used behavioral methodology, neural net modeling, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Professor Bharucha's work has made a lasting impact on the field.

Bharucha, J

Meagan Curtis

Meagan Curtis is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Music Cognition Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Her research explores the cognitive and possible evolutionary relationship between music and language. Currently, she is examining the pitch patterns that are used to convey emotion in speech and music, and has discovered close correspondences in the pitch patterns that are used to convey negative emotions across domains. Her research also examines the cognitive interactions that occur when music and language are processed simultaneously.


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