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, remember, and react to music. One special interest is 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, as well as why some people are bad singers.

Selected Publications

Pearce, M.T. & Halpern, A. R. (2015). Age-related patterns in emotions evoked by music. Psychology of Aesthetics and Creative Arts, 9, 248- 253. doi: 10.1037/a0039279

Halpern, A. R. (2015). Differences in auditory imagery self report predict behavioral and neural outcomes. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 25, 37-47. doi: 10.1037/pmu0000081  

Lima, C. , Lavan, N., Evans, S., Agnew, Z, Halpern, A. R....Scott, S. (2015). Feel the Noise: Relating individual differences in auditory imagery to the structure and function of sensorimotor systems. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 4638-4650. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv134  

Schaal, N. K., Javadi, A-H., Halpern, A. R., Pollock, B. & Banissy, M. J.  (2015). Right parietal cortex mediates recognition memory for melodies.  European Journal of Neuroscience, 42, 1660-1666. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12943 

Jakubowski, K., Farrugia, N., Halpern, A.R., Sankardpandi, S. & Stewart, L. (2015). The speed of our mental soundtracks: Tracking the tempo of involuntary musical imagery in everyday life. Memory and Cognition. doi: 10.3758/s13421-015-0531-5  

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  

Song, Y., Dixon, S. Pearce, M. T. & Halpern, A.R. (2016). Perceived and induced emotion responses to popular music: Categorical and dimensional models. Music Perception, 33, 472-492. doi: 10.1525/mp.2016.33.4.472  

Cocchini, G., Filardi, S., Crhonkova, M. & Halpern, A. R. (2016). 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). 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.  

Colley, I. D., Keller, P. E., & Halpern, A. R. (in press). Working memory and auditory imagery predict sensorimotor synchronization with expressively timed music. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 

Schubert, E., Halpern, A.R., Kreutz, G., & Garrido, S. (in press). Attraction to sad music: The role of imagery, absorption, and rumination. Psychology of Aesthetics and Creative Arts.  

Halpern, A.R., Talarico, J.M., *Gouda, N., & Williamson, V. J.  (in press). Are musical autobiographical Memories special? It ain't necessarily so. Music Perception.

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