March 11: Elizabeth Margulis

On Friday, March 11, at 1:30 pm in 150 CSM6, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis will give a talk entitled “Empirical Approaches to Aesthetic Listening.” Margulis is a Professor and the Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas.

Abstract: Aesthetic experiences are often resistant to articulation, and dependent on a large number of underlying factors, ranging from the personal to the cultural to the biological. Thus, special methodological challenges arise when attempting to investigate them empirically. This presentation chronicles my own efforts to meet some of these challenges in work addressing the effect of providing different kinds of information about a piece, or modifying a piece structurally on aesthetic experiences, as well as work addressing the different modes of perception listeners bring to make sense of the apparently abstract stimulus of wordless music.