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

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

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. 

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.

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.

Müllensiefen, D. & Halpern, A. R. (2014). The role of features and context in recognition of novel melodies.   Music Perception, 31, 418-435.

Jakubowski, K., Halpern, A.R., Grierson, M., & Stewart, L. (2015). The effect of exercise-induced arousal on chosen tempi for familiar melodies. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22, 559-565.

Halpern, A. R. , Golden, H. L, Magdalinou , N., Witoonpanich, P. & Warren, J. D. (2015). Musical tasks targeting preserved and impaired functions in two dementias.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337, 341-348. DOI 110.1111/nyas.12616

Pearce, M.T. & Halpern, A. R. (2015). Age-related patterns in emotions evoked by music. Psychology of Aesthetics and Creative Arts. Advance online publication.

Schaal, N. K., Javadi, A. H., Halpern, A. R., Pollock, B. & Banissy, M.  (2015). Right parietal cortex mediates recognition memory for melodies.  European Journal of Neuroscience. Advance online publication DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12943

Halpern, A. R. (in press). Differences in auditory imagery self report predict behavioral and neural outcomes. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain.


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