UNLV Auditory Cognition Lab

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UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution with more than 28,000 students and more than 900 faculty members. More than 220 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees are offered. Founded in 1957, UNLV is located on 337 acres in dynamic Southern Nevada. The university is ranked in the category of Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit us on-line at: http://www.unlv.edu.

In the Auditory Cognition and Development Lab, we examine how infants and adults understand and learn about complex sound patterns, such as music and speech. Just as most people acquire the ability to understand and speak a language, so too do most people acquire tacit knowledge and behaviors specific to the kinds of music experienced on an everyday basis. Our lab aims to understand the mechanisms that underlie auditory cognition during infancy and how those mechanisms are modified as a result of experience listening to music and language.

Current and past research in the lab examines the following questions: What cues do infants and adults use to infer the underlying beat in music? How do culture-specific perceptual biases influence the way we respond to novel musical patterns, and how does this change with development? What kinds of experiences have the greatest impact on music learning at different ages? How does musical behavior depend on integration of information from different modalities (i.e., sound, sight, and movement)? How and when do we develop distinct and domain-specific abilities for perceiving music and speech?