BRAMS – CRBLM Lecture Series: Postdoc Presentation by Dr. Michael Weiss
The influence of vocal timbre on learning and memory for melodies
Abstract: The voice is a dynamic, biologically relevant signal. It is also the “original” instrument. Nevertheless, the voice is more difficult to manipulate or control than other instruments, especially digital ones, and studies of music perception and cognition do not typically include vocal stimuli. The aim of this talk is to explore the effects of vocal timbre on music perception and cognition, with a focus on learning and memory for melodies. I will present results that show enhanced recognition for vocal melodies over instrumental melodies across diverse groups of listeners, and explore the origins of this widespread ’vocal advantage’.
Short Bio: Michael is a postdoctoral fellow at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research at the University of Montreal in Canada. His research focuses on music perception and cognition.