Musical Structure, Tonality, and Musical Grammar Acquisition

Refereed Papers

Cohen, A. J. (2005). Music cognition: Defining constraints on musical communication. In D. Miell, R. MacDonald, & D. J. Hargreaves (Eds.) Musical Communication (pp. 61 - 84). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Download PDF

Cohen, A. J. (2004). The cognition of basic musical structures. David Temperley. Oxford University Press. Psychology of Music, 105 - 118. (Review essay) Download PDF

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (2004). Parsing of Melody: Quantification and testing of the local grouping rules of Lerdahl and Jackendoff’s (1983) A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. Music Perception, 14, 55-81.Download PDF

Bailey, B. A., & Cohen, A. J. (2002).  Acquisition of musical vernacular. Canadian Acoustics, 30, 155-156.

Cohen, A. J.,  Lamothe, M. J. R., Doucette, S., & Monthony, J. F. (2002).  Absolute identification of azimuthal sound location and judgement of auditory circular direction.  Canadian Acoustics, 30, 145-146.

Cohen, A. J. (2000). Development of tonality induction: Plasticity, exposure and training . Music Perception, 17, 437-459.Download PDF

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (1996). Using the Krumhansl and Schmuckler key-finding algorithm to quantify the effects of tonality in the interpolated-tone pitch-comparison task. Music Perception, 14, 55-81.Download PDF

Parncutt, R. & Cohen, A. J. (1995). Recognition of serial patterns in microtonal melodies. Perception and Psychophysics, 57 , 835-846. Download PDF

Cohen, A. J. (1991). Tonality and perception: Musical scales prompted by excerpts from the Well-Tempered Clavier of J. S. Bach. Psychological research . 53 , 305-314.Download PDF

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (1990). Expectancy profiles generated by major scales: Group differences in ratings and reaction time. Psychomusicology, 9 , 175-193. Download PDF

Cohen, A. J. & Frankland, B. J. (1990). Scale and serial order information in melodic perception: Independence or interdependence. Canadian Acoustics, 18 , 2-10.Download PDF

Cohen, A. J., & Baird, K. (1990). Acquisition of absolute pitch: The question of critical periods. Psychomusicology, 9 , 31-37.Download PDF

Cohen, A. J., Trehub, S. E., Thorpe, L. A. & Morrongiello, B. A. (1989). An approach to the study of melodic perception in infants and young children: Stimulus selection. Psychomusicology, 8 , 21-29.Download PDF

Cohen, A. J., Trehub, S. E., & Thorpe, L. A. (1989). Effects of uncertainty on melodic information processing. Perception and Psychophysics, 46 , 18-28. Download PDF

Cohen, A. J., Thorpe, L. A., & Trehub, S. E. (1987). Infants' perception of short transposed melodic sequences. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 4 , 33-47. Download PDF

Trehub, S. E., Cohen, A. J., Thorpe, L. A., & Morrongiello,, B. A. (1986). Development of the perception of musical relations: Semitone and diatonic structure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 12 , 295 - 301.Download PDF

Cohen, A.J. (1984). Analysis of melodic interval recognition data: Comments on Billingsley and Rotenberg. Psychomusicology, 4 , 59-62.Download PDF

Cohen, A.J. (1982). Exploring the sensitivity to structure in music. Canadian University Music Rev., 3 , 15-30. Download PDF

Cuddy, L.L., Cohen, A.J., & Mewhort, D.J.K. (1981). Perception of structure in short melodic sequences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Peformance, 7, 869-883. Download PDF

Cuddy, L.L., Cohen, A.J., & Miller, J. (1979). Melody recognition: The experimental application of musical rules. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 33 , 148-157. [Also translated (1986). Il riconoscimento di melodie: il controllo sperimentale delle regole musicali. In L. M. Lorenzetti and A. Antonietti (Eds. & Trans.). Processi cognitivi in musica. Milan: Franco Angeli. (Originally published, 1979).] Download PDF

Cuddy, L.L., & Cohen, A.J. (1976). Recognition of transposed melodic sequences . Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 28, 255-270. Download PDF

Cohen, A.J. (1976). Perception of tone sequences from the Western-European Chromatic Scale: Tonality, transposition and the pitch set. (Thesis summary). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 60 , p. 1421.

 

Conference Proceedings:

Bailey, B. A., & Cohen, A. J. (2002). Acquisition of musical vernacular in children and young adults. Proc. of Ann. Meeting. Can. Acoustical Assoc., Canadian Acoustics, 30, 7-8.

Toms, I. D., Cohen, A. J., & Lamothe, R. (2000). Identification of tonic in popular and Baroque music using a dual keyboard apparatus. Proc. Ann. Meet. Can. Acoust Assoc. (CAA), Canadian Acoustics, 28, 134-135. Won award for best student presentation.[ see image of dual keyboard apparatus ]

Cohen, A. J., Lamoureux, M., Fleming, R., & Dunphy, D. (1998). Judged direction of pairs of octave-related complexes (Shepard tones). CAA Annual Meeting, Canadian Acoustics, 58-59.

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (1996). Boundary formation in melody: Effects on memory. In B. Pennycook & E. Costa-Giomi (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Montreal, August, 1996. pp. 143-147.

Lymburner, J. & Cohen, A. J. (1994). Accounting for musicians' superior auditory serial-order identification: Audition or notation? Proceedings of the 1994 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association. Canadian Acoustics, 22, 153-154.Download PDF

Cohen, A. J. (1994). Musical training and pitch schemata: Tonal influences in microtonal contexts. Invited symposium on pitch schemata. In Irene Deliege (Ed). 3rd International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition. Liege, Belgium. pp. 81-82.Download PDF

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (1989). Interference effects of tonality and contour on short-term memory for tones. In A. J. Cohen (Ed.), Proceedings of the Canadian Acoustical Association Annual Meeting: University, Industry, Government , 117-122.

Cohen, A.J., Trehub, S.E., & Thorpe, L.A. (1986). Effects of training and uncertainty on melodic information processing. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress on Acoustics, Toronto, 3, K5-2.

Trehub, S.E., & Cohen, A.J. (1986). Development of emotional sensitivity to music. Click here for PDFProceedings of the Twelfth International Congress on Acoustics, Toronto, 3, K5-4.

Cohen, A.J., Trehub, S.E., Thorpe, L.A., & Morrongiello, B.A. (1984). The emergence of sensitivity to the major triad ratios (4:5:6). Proceedings of the Canadian Acoustical Association Annual Symposium, Quebec, G1, 1-2.

Conference Abstracts (not listed elsewhere, e.g., as proceedings):

Cohen, A. J., Bailey, B. A. , MacDonald, L. & McFadden, E. D. Popular Music as a Probe for Adolescent Brain Development.
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McFadden, E. D. & Cohen, A. J. (submitted) Age effects in recognition of native and non-native language and music. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Edmonton .Click here for PDF-51kb (right click -"save as")

Frankland, B. W. & Cohen, A. J. (June, 1998). Empirical assessment of Lerdahl & Jackendoff (1983) group preference rules of intensification and parallelism is predictive of melodic parsing. Canadian Society for Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science. Ottawa.

 

Blanchard, C. & Cohen, A. J. (October, 1996). Effects of music training on two contrasting tasks. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Calgary.

Graham, P. & Cohen, A. J. (October, 1996). Development of memory for sequences of animal sounds: Relation to digit span and language ability. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Calgary.Download PDF

Bailey, B. A. & Cohen, A. J. (August, 1996). Children's memory for popular music as a function of decade of popularity. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Montreal, August, 1996. (abs). p. 14. (click here for sample of music used in study)

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (August, 1996). Boundary formation in melody: Effects on memory. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Montreal, August, 1996. (abs). p. 27.

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (June, 1995). Boundary formation and melodic memory. Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour & Cognitive Science, Halifax Lymburner, A. J. & Cohen, A. J. (June, 1995). Effects of musical training on serial-order matching tasks. Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior & Cognitive Science. Halifax, June, 1995.Click here for PDF-161kb (right click -"save as")

Cohen, A. J., MacKinnon, K. & Swindale, N. (June,1994). The tritone paradox revisited. Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 97.

Cohen, A. J., Driscoll, R. & Frankland. B. (June, 1994). A test of Narmour's (1992) experimental hypothesis regarding intervallic motion and registral direction. Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science, Vancouver.

Parncutt, R. & Cohen, A. J. (June , 1992). Recognition of serial patterns in microtonal scales. Canadian Society of Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. Quebec City.

Frankland, B. W. & Cohen, A. J. (June , 1992). Tonality, contour and critical tones in the interpolated pitch discrimination task. Canadian Society of Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. Quebec City. (poster)

Cohen, A. J., Dunphy, D., Frankland, B., Parncutt, R., & Taylor, G. (Februrary, 1992). Effects of diatonic structure versus scale-step size on processing serial order. 2nd International Conference on Music Perception, Los Angeles.

Cohen, A. J., Frankland, B., Lamoureux, M. & Dunphy, D. (November, 1990). Effects of tone sets and serial orders on melodic tracking: Dependence or independence. Acoustical Society of America. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 88 , S91.

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (November, 1990). Expectancies generated by tonal contoour. Acoustical Society of America. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 1990, 88, S91.

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (October, 1990). Ratings and reaction time in a modified probe-tone task. Canadian Acoustical Association. Canadian Acoustics, 18

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (May, 1990). Effects of tonality on accuracy and reaction time in an interpolated pitch memory task.Canadian Psychological Association, Canadian Psychology, 31, 220.

Frankland, B. & Cohen, A. J. (Oct. 1989). Interference effects of tonality and contour on pitch memory. Canadian Acoustical Association Annual Meeting, Canadian Acoustics, 17.

Cohen, A. .J. (May, 1989). Forced-choice discrimination of complex tones. 117th Annual meetof the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 85, S155.

Cohen, A.J. (November, 1988). Identification of a microtonal scale of complex tones: Context effects. Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Poster. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, #191.

Cohen, A.J. (June, 1988). Context effects in the absolute judgment of a microtonal scale. Canadian Psychological Association Annual Meeting, 1988, Montreal.

Cohen, A.J. (October, 1987). Effects of a musical soundtrack: Visual enhancement and acoustical masking. Canadian Acoustical Association Annual Meeting, Canadian Acoustics, 15, Calgary.

Cohen, A.J. (July, 1987). Effects of musical soundtracks on attitudes toward and memory for information in a slide presentation. Joint Meeting of the Experimental Divisions of the Canadian and British Psychological Associations. Oxford, England. (Poster).

Cohen, A.J., Trehub, S.E., & Thorpe, L.A. (August, 1986). Effects of training and uncertainty on melodic information processing. Twelfth International Congress on Acoustics, Toronto.

Trehub, S.E., & Cohen, A.J. (1986). Effects of pitch and rate on judged happiness of a melody. Twelfth International Congress on Acoustics, Toronto.

Cohen, A.J.. (1986). Does musical structure influence infants' perception of within-contour changes? International Conference on Infant Studies, Los Angeles.

Cohen, A.J. (1986). Infants' memory for sets of frequencies. International Conf. on Infant Studies. Los Angeles.

Cohen, A.J., Trehub, S.E., & Thorpe, L.A. (October, 1985). Infants' perception of musical relations in short transposed tone sequences. Session on Musical Acoustics, Music Perception and Computer Applications (A.J.

Cohen and L.L. Cuddy, Organizers and Chair), Canadian Acoustical Association, Ottawa.

Cohen, A.J., Trehub, S.E., Thorpe, L.A., & Morrongiello, B.A. (June, 1985). Musical perceptual development in infancy and early childhood. Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax. Theory review. Canadian Psychology, 26, 82.

MacLachlan, D., Cohen, A.J., & Trehub, S.E. (June, 1985). Effects of melody on children's memory for a poem. 46th Annual Conv., Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, (Poster). Canadian Psychology, 26, 315.

Trehub, S.E., & Cohen, A.J. (April, 1985). Developmental perception of melodies. For A.J. Cohen and S.E. Trehub (Organizers and Chair), Symposium: Development of Musical Behaviors in Children. Society for research in Child Development. Biennial Conference, Toronto.

Cohen, A.J., Trehub, S.E., Thorpe, L.A., & Morrongiello, B.A. (October, 1984). The emergence of sensitivity to the major triad ratios (4:5:6). Canadian Acoustical Association, Quebec City. Also presented at the Developmental Seminar, Department of Psychology, York University.

Cohen, A.J. (1981). Conversation session (Organizer). Jay Rahn in honour of Mieczyslaw Kolinski (posthumous) ethnomusicologist. 42nd Annual Convention, Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto.

Cuddy, L.L., Cohen, A.J., & Dewar, K. (1978). Judgment of musical intervals: Relations between patterns of accuracy and amount of musical training (poster). Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa.

Cohen, A.J. (1977). Perception of tonality in the Well-tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach. The second Workshop on the Physical and Neuropsychological Foundation of Music. Austria.

Cohen, A.J., Isaacs, P., Flores, S., Harrison, D., & Bradley, J. (1977). The computer as interdisciplinary catalyst. Third International Conference on Computing in the Humanities. Waterloo. (also, Session Chair).

Cohen, A.J. (1977). Vocal production of tone sequences as a function of musical structure. Symposium on Musical Psychoacoustics at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), Paris

Cohen, A.J., Cuddy, L.L., & Mewhort, D.J.K. (1977). Recognition of transposed tone sequences. 93rd Meeting of Acoustical Society of America, University Park, PA.

Cohen, A.J., & Cuddy, L. L. (1976). Recognition of tonality and the problem of transposition. 37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto.