Music Cognition/Emotion

Our primary stream of “basic research” seeks to understand music perception and production from an embodied perspective. A diverse range of methods is brought to bear on these questions including perceptual, social-experimental, peripheral physiological, neural, and computational. Click here to learn more about our philosophical and methodological approach to research.

Representative Publications:

Russo, F. A., Thompson, W. F., & Cuddy, L. L. (2015). Effects of emergent-level structure on melodic processing difficulty. Music Perception, 33, 96-109.

McGarry, L. M., Pineda, J., Russo, F. A. (2015). The role of the extended MNS in emotional and non-emotional judgments of human song. Cognitive, Behavioral and Affective Neuroscience, 15, 32-44.

Good, A., Reed, M. J., & Russo, F. A. (2014). Compensatory plasticity in the deaf brain: Effects on the perception of music. Brain Sciences, 4(4), 560-574. doi:10.3390/brainsci4040560

Chan, L., Russo, F. A., & Livingstone, S. (2013) Automatic facial mimicry of emotion during perception of song. Music Perception, 30, 361-367.

Sandstrom, G. M., & Russo, F. A. (2013). Absorption in music: A scale to identify individuals with strong emotional responses to music, Psychology of Music, 41, 216 – 228.

Russo, F. A., Ammirante, P. & Fels, D. I. (2012).Vibrotactile discrimination of musical timbre. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 822-826.

Tierney, A., Russo, F. A., & Patel, A. D. (2011). The motor origins of human and avian song structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 108, 15510-15515..doi:10.1073/pnas.1103882108

Livingstone, S., Thompson, W.F., & Russo, F. A. (2009). Facial expressions and emotional singing: A study of perception and production with motion capture and electromyography. Music Perception, 26, 475-488.

Thompson, W.F., & Russo, F.A. (2007). Facing the music. Psychological Science, 18, 756-757.