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[AUDITORY] Ph.D. opportunity: comparative auditory cognition

Sept 17, 2013


Ph.D. opportunity: comparative auditory cognition


Dear colleagues,


Profs. Robert Cook and Aniruddh Patel (Tufts University Dept. of Psychology) are interested in co-supervising a Ph.D. student to study comparative auditory cognition in birds and humans (starting fall 2014).  The focus is on cognitive mechanisms relevant to music perception, especially the perception of melody, rhythm, and timbre. 


Dr. Cook’s lab focuses on perceptual research with pigeons and starlings (vocal nonlearners and vocal learners, respectively), and Dr. Patel’s lab focuses on human music cognition.  Some relevant publications are listed below.


Prior research experience in comparative psychology and/or auditory perception is desirable.  Interested applicants may send their CV to Drs. Cook (robert.cook@xxxxxxxxx) and Patel (a.patel@xxxxxxxxx), but formal applications for the Ph.D. program must be made via the Tufts Dept. of PsychologyThe application deadline is Dec 15, 2013.  Admission decisions are made by the graduate admissions committee.




Some relevant publications:


Hoeschele, M., Cook, R. G., Guillete, L. M., Hahn , A. H. & Sturdy, C. B. (2012). Auditory same/different concept learning in black-capped chickadees. PLOS One, 7, 1-11. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047691


Brooks, D. I. & Cook, R. G. (2010). Chord Discrimination By Pigeons. Music Perception, 27, 183-196.


Hagmann, C. E. & Cook, R. G. (2010). Testing meter, rhythm, and tempo discriminations in pigeons. Behavioural Processes, 85, 99-110.


Cook, R. G. & Brooks, D. I. (2009). Generalized auditory same-different discrimination by pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 108-115.


Bregman, M.R., Patel, A.D., & Gentner, T.Q. (2012). Stimulus-dependent flexibility in non-human auditory pitch processing. Cognition. 122: 51-60.


Tierney, A.T., Russo, F.A., & Patel, A.D. (2011). The motor origins of human and avian song structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108: 15510-15515. 


Patel, A.D., Iversen, J.R. Bregman, M.R. & Schulz, I. (2009). Experimental evidence for synchronization to a musical beat in a nonhuman animal.  Current Biology, 19, 827-830.


Patel, A.D., & Demorest, S. (2013).  Comparative music cognition: Cross-species and cross-cultural studies.  In: D. Deutsch (Ed.) The Psychology of Music: 3rd Ed., (pp. 647-681).  London: Academic Press/Elsevier.



Aniruddh D. Patel

Associate Professor

Dept. of Psychology
Tufts University

490 Boston Ave.

Medford, MA 02155