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Music Cognition Group at the CSML

Research in Music Cognition at Ohio State is supported by a vibrant academic community, revolving around Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory.  The group involves students from several departments, fellows, staff, faculty and visitors. In addition to regular lab meetings, the group holds a weekly journal club where we read and discuss recent publications in music psychology, music theory, and related areas.

Located on the same floor as the CSML, the Cognitive Ethnomusicology Laboratory conducts cross-cultural research regarding music cognition.  Empirical research in vocalization is conducted downstairs from the CSML, in the Helen Swank Voice Teaching and Research Lab. A Vocal Health Graduate Specialization is offered as a joint venture between the School of Music, School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, and the Department of Speech and Hearing Science.

Guest speakers are regularly invited by the School of Music to the OSU campus. In the past, music cognition guest speakers have included Sandra Trehub (University of Toronto, Canada), Nicholas Cook (University of Southampton, England), Carol Krumhansl (Cornell University), Pirk-Jan Povel (Nijmegen Institute for Information and Cognition, Netherlands), and Robert Zatorre (McGill, Canada).

Although office space is often limited, some space is available to host visiting faculty who might want to spend part of a sabbatical leave at OSU. Preference is given to visitors whose research interests complement or coincide with those of OSU personnel.

Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences

The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, consists of 65 affiliated faculty spanning 24 departments and 8 colleges. The Center offers undergraduate and graduate minors and provides state of the art research facilities, including eye tracking and electrophysiology laboratories for use by affiliated faculty and students. It grants seed funding for interdisciplinary research, supports graduate summer fellowships, and promotes the exchange of ideas through speaker series and CogFest - an annual cognitive science conference.

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)

The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) is a research center where graduate students and faculty from across the Ohio State University study and conduct research in areas involving computer graphics and technological innovation. ACCAD forms partnerships with visual and performing artists, designers, art historians and critics, computer scientists, engineers and architects which provide multidisciplinary experiences for our graduate students. Located at ACCAD is a Motion Capture Lab featuring a Vicon 8i optical motion capture system.

Research in Other Departments

Several music cognition research laboratories are maintained at OSU. The faculty members involved in music cognition maintain active research programs. Most laboratories have weekly lab meetings. Students have flexible opportunities to work with different faculty members, and to choose a graduate supervisor whose interests and dispositions are most compatible.

Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities at Stanford University (CCARH)

The CSML laboratory has entered into several collaborations with Stanford University's Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH). The CCARH currently hosts a Humdrum Toolkit Portal as well as Themefinder. In the past, some OSU students working in the CSML have pursued a portion of their studies at the CCARH.