Andrea Halpern is a sabbatical visitor for academic year 2019-2020, splitting time between University of Maryland and Durham University (UK). Her permanent position is Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University, where she teaches courses on cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and conducts research on how the mind and brain process nonverbal information, particularly music and art. Special interests include memory for music, auditory imagery, perception of emotion in music, and all these skills in the context of healthy and not-so-healthy aging. She is also interested in how people differ from one another in these skills, with one major focus being on why some people can match pitch very well...and some cannot. During this year, she is working with Professors Bob Slevc and Shihab Shamma and students, looking at how the brain imagines environmenal sounds, changes in auditory imagery with typical aging, and how conductors might differ from other musicians on ability to divide auditory attention.
Some recent papers:
Wöllner, C. & Halpern, A. R. (2016). Attentional flexibility and memory capacity in conductors and pianists. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 198-208. doi : 10.3758/s13414-015-0989-z
Cocchini, G., Filardi, S., Crhonkova, M. & Halpern, A. R. (2017). Musical expertise has minimal impact on dual-task performance. Memory, 25, 677-685. doi:10.1080/09658211.2016.1205628
Halpern, A.R., Zioga, I., Shankleman, M. , Lindsen, J. , Pearce, M. T. & Bhattacharya, J. (2017). “That note sounds wrong!” Age-related effects in processing of musical expectation. Brain & Cognition, 113, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2016.12.006
Greenspon, E. B., Pfordresher, P. Q., & Halpern, A. R. (2017). Pitch imitation in mental transformations of melodies. Music Perception, 34, 585- 604. doi: 10.1525/mp.2017.34.5.585
Halpern, A.R., Chan, C. H. K., Müllensiefen, D., & Sloboda, J. (2017). Audience reaction to repeating a piece on a concert programme. Participations, 14, 135-152.
Halpern, A.R., Talarico, J.M., Gouda, N., & Williamson, V. J. (2018). Are musical autobiographical memories special? It ain’t necessarily so. Music Perception, 35, 561-572. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/MP.2018.35.5.561
Nichols, B. E., Wöllner, C., & Halpern, A. R. (2018). Score one for jazz: Working memory in jazz and classical musicians. Psychomusicology, 28, 101-107. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/.pmu0000211.
Colley, I. D., Keller, P. E., & Halpern, A. R. (2018). Working memory and auditory imagery predict sensorimotor synchronization with expressively timed music. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 1781-1796.doi: 10.1080/17470218.2017.1366531
Schubert, E., Halpern, A.R., Kreutz, G., & Garrido, S. (2018). Attraction to sad music: The role of imagery, absorption, and rumination. Psychology of Aesthetics and Creative Arts, 12, 251-258. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aca0000160
Pruitt, T.A., Halpern, A.R., & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2019). Covert singing in anticipatory auditory imagery. Psychophysiology, 56 e13297. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13297
Halpern, A. R. & Overy, K. (2019). Voluntary auditory imagery and music pedagogy. In M. Grimshaw-Aagaard, M. Walther-Hansen, & M. Knakkergaard, Eds. The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
- Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)