Professor Halpern teaches in the Department of Psychology as well as the Neuroscience Program.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Stanford

Research Interests

Dr. Halpern studies cognitive processes such as memory and thinking, especially for nonverbal materials. Of particular interest to her is how musicians and nonmusicians understand and remember music. One recent project was an investigation of auditory imagery, or what is happening when you "hear a tune inside your head." She has studied this using the traditional tools of experimental psychology, as well as with cognitive neuroscience techniques. She is also interested in how both normal aging and Alzheimer's disease affect how people learn and remember music.

Selected Publications

Müllensiefen, D. & Halpern, A. R. (in press). The role of features and context in recognition of novel melodies. Music Perception.

Pfordresher, P. Q. & Halpern, A. R. (2013). Auditory imagery and the poor-pitch singer. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 20, 747-753.

Foster, N. E.V., Halpern, A. R., & Zatorre, R. J. (2013). Common parietal activation in musical mental transformations across pitch and time. NeuroImage, 75, 27-35.

Halpern, A. R. & O'Connor, M. G. (2013). Stability of art preference in frontotemporal dementia. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7, 95 -99.

Halpern, A. R. (2012). Dementia and music: Challenges and future directions. [Afterword for special issue of Music Perception, co-guest editor] Music Perception, 29, 543-545.

Herholz, S. C., Halpern, A. R., & Zatorre, R. J. (2012). Neuronal correlates of perception, imagery, and memory for familiar tunes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 1382-1397.

Johnson, S. K. & Halpern, A. R. (2012). Semantic priming of familiar tunes. Memory and Cognition, 40, 579-593.

Deffler, S. A. & Halpern, A. R. (2011). Semantic information and memory for unfamiliar tunes in older and younger adults. Psychology and Aging, 26, 900-904.

Halpern, A.R. & Bartlett, J. C. (2011). The persistence of musical memories: A descriptive study of earworms. Music Perception, 28, 425-43

Mungan, E., Peynircioglu, Z., & Halpern, A.R. (2011) Levels-of-processing effects on "remember" responses in recognition for familiar and unfamiliar tunes. American Journal of Psychology, 124, 37-48

Zatorre, R. J., Halpern, A. R., & Bouffard, M. (2010). Mental reversal of imagined melodies: A role for the posterior parietal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 775-789.

Lucas, B.L., Schubert, E., & Halpern, A. R. (2010). Perception of emotion in sounded and imagined music. Music Perception, 27, 399-412

Leaver, A. M., Van Lare, J., Zielinski, B., Halpern, A. R., & Rauschecker, J. P. (2009). Brain activation during anticipation of sound sequences. Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 2477-2485.

Halpern, A. R., & Müllensiefen, D. (2008). Effects of timbre and tempo change 
on memory for music. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 1371-1384.

Halpern, A. R., Ly, J., Elkin-Franklin, S., & O'Connor, M. G. (2008). I know 
what I like: Stability of aesthetic preference in Alzheimer's disease. Brain and Cognition, 66, 65-72

Halpern, A. R., Martin, J. S. & Reed, T. D. (2008) An ERP study of major-minor classification in melodies. Music Perception, 25, 181-191.

Halpern, A. R., Ly, J., Elkin-Franklin, S., & O'Connor, M. G. (2008). I know 
what I like: Stability of aesthetic preference in Alzheimer's disease. Brain and Cognition, 66, 65-72

Halpern, A. R., & Müllensiefen, D. (2008). Effects of timbre and tempo change 
on memory for music. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 1371-1384.

Zatorre, R. J. & Halpern, A. R. (2005) Mental concerts: Musical imagery and 
auditory cortex. Neuron, 47,9-12.

Warker, J. A. & Halpern, A. R. (2005). Musical stem completion: Humming that note. American Journal of Psychology, 118, 567-585.

Halpern, A. R., Zatorre, R. J., Bouffard, M. & Johnson, J. (2004). Behavioral and neural correlates of perceived and imagined musical timbre. Neuropsychologia, 42, 1281-1292.

Halpern, A. R. & Bartlett, J. C. (2002). Aging and memory for music: A review. Psychomusicology, 18, 10-27.

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