Cog-A: Topics in Cognitive Science and Art
Part 1. Music and the MInd (Nicole Calma-Roddin, NY Institute of Technology & John Frederick Bailyn, Stony Brook University, July 1, 4, 6)
Many of us have strong musical memories: We can recognize many songs, we have songs that bring us back to specific times in our lives, and we may have learned the alphabet, grammatical rules, or other information using songs when we were children (or adults). Among other topics, in this mini-course, we will discuss some basic concepts about memory from the perspective of cognitive psychology, some aspects of musical memory specifically, and discuss a recent study applying musical memory in the real world (in a college statistics course).
Part 2. On Repetition in Art (Samuel Jay Keyser, MIT, July 8, 11, 13)
In these lectures I begin with a description of the Margulis experiment. I go on to explore the role of repetition in the sister arts of music, poetry and painting. I conclude with the claim that priming, a psychological phenomenon rooted in repetition of abstract representations, is the reason for the aesthetic pleasure experienced by the subjects in the Margulis’ experiment and is, in fact, s major source of the pleasure engendered in all of us by the sister arts.