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Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Music Theory, Music Cognition

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

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Lisa Hellmuth Margulis is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas.

Her research approaches music from the perspective of cognitive science. She is interested in the interface between musical structure and engagement, especially in listeners without formal training, and especially as it occurs dynamically across the course of the listening experience. Her book On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind (Oxford University Press) won the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory and the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award. Her latest book, The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction, is coming out with Oxford University Press this year. She is a 2016 Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and a 2016 Chancellor Faculty Fellow at the University of Arkansas, pursuing a project devoted to facilitating interdisciplinary work across campus. Her cross-cultural research on narrative perceptions of music is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. She is President-Elect of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.

Her past work has appeared in diverse journals including Music Perception, Journal of Music Theory, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Music Theory Spectrum, PLOS ONE, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Computer Music Journal, Psychology of Music, Scientific Reports, Journal of New Music Research, Empirical Studies of the Arts, Review of General Psychology, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Human Brain Mapping, Nature, Attention Perception and Psychophysics, American Journal of Bioethics, and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, as well as in handbooks on topic theory, music and emotion, concepts in music theory, and music cognition. It has been featured in media outlets ranging from New Scientist Magazine to Readers Digest to the London Times, and on BBC and NPR (All Things Considered and Science Friday). She blogs about music cognition at Psychology Today - Looking at Listening

She has presented at conferences including the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, the International Conference on Music and Gesture, the annual meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, and given over 40 invited talks at universities in the US, including University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University and abroad at such institutions as McGill University in Canada, University of Cambridge in the UK, and Tel Aviv University in Israel.

She has been a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School and at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (twice), as as well as a NEH Summer Scholar at the NEH Institute on Ethnomusicology and Global Culture. She is interested in arts advocacy, and received a Classical Music Initiative Grant from American Public Media.

She has served on the Executive Board of the Society for Music Theory (SMT), as well as on the Board of Directors for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), and the Board of Editors of the Journal of New Music Research and the Board of Associate Editors for the journal Music Perception. She is also active in the arts life of her local community, having served on the Fayetteville Arts Council, the Board of the Fulbright Concerto Competition, and as the organizer of a monthly program featuring highlights from the Music Department on KUAF, the local NPR affiliate.

She received the Faculty Gold Medal for Mentoring Undergraduates, started a campus-wide Cognitive Science Group, and won two grants to design new interdisciplinary courses at the University of Arkansas. She also continues to play and teach the piano.

She has a B.M. in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Veda Kaplinsky, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Before coming to the University of Arkansas, she was on the faculty of the music cognition program at Northwestern University. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK.

Music theory

Cognitive science

Music cognition

Music and neuroscience

Science and the arts

Science and the humanities

Aesthetics

Music and society

Honors Music Lecture
Laboratory Experience
Music Perception
Music and Mind
Theory 2
Writing Music Analysis

PhD Columbia University

BOOKS:

Margulis, E.H. (In press). The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

ARTICLES:

Aydogan, G., Flaig, N., Ravi, S.N., Large, E.W., McClure, S.M., & Margulis, E.H. (In press). Overcoming bias: Cognitive control reduces suceptibility to framing effects in evaluating musical performance. Scientific Reports.

Margulis, E.H. (In press). Expectancy. In Thorau, C., Sprick, J.P., Schwab-Felisch, O., & Jessulat, A. (Eds.), Handbook of Musical Analysis. Kassel and Stuttgart, Germany: Bärenreiter & Metzer.

Margulis, E.H. (In press). Nature Versus Nurture. In K. Olsen & W.F. Thompson (Eds.), The Science and Psychology of Music: From Mozart at the Office to Metallica at the Gym. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2018). The Sound-to-Music Illusion: Repetition Can Musicalize Non-Speech Sounds. Music & Science, 1-6.

Margulis, E.H. (2018). Repetition. In A. Rehding & S. Rings (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of Concepts in Music Theory. New York: Oxford University Press.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2018). Expectation, Information Processing, and Subjective Duration. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 80, 275-291.

de Clercq, T. & Margulis, E.H. (2018). A Pychological Perspective on Repetition in Pop Music. In C. Leveaux & O. Julien (Eds.), Over and Over: Exploring Repetition in Pop Music. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). An Exploratory Study of Narrative Experiences of Music. Music Perception, 35, 235-248.

Graber, E., Simchy-Gross, R., & Margulis, E.H. (2017). Musical and Linguistic Listening Modes in the Speech-to-Song Illusion Bias Timing Perception and Absolute Pitch Memory. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142, 3593.

Margulis, E.H., Levine, W.H., Simchy-Gross, R., & Kroger, C. (2017). Expressive Intent, Ambiguity, and Aesthetic Experiences of Music and Poetry. PLOS ONE, 12, e0179145.

Eitan, Z., Ben-Haim, S. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). Implicit Absolute Pitch Representation Affects Basic Tonal Perception. Music Perception, 34, 569-584.

Kroger, C. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). But They Told Me It Was Professional: Extrinsic Factors in the Evaluation of Musical Performance. Psychology of Music, 45, 49-64.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Neuroscience: How Music Meets Mind. Review of Adam Ockelford, Comparing Notes. Nature, 546, 341. 

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Musical Aesthetics and Values. In R. Ashley & R. Timmers (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Music Cognition. New York, NY: Routledge, 513-522.

Viskontas, I.V. & Margulis, E.H. (2016). Music on the Mind: An Introduction to this Special Issue of Neurocase. Neurocase, 22, 484-485.

Volk, A., Chew, E., Margulis, E.H. & Anagnostopoulou, C. (2016). Music Similarity: Concepts, Cognition, Computation. Journal of New Music Research, 45, 207-209.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Toward a Better Understanding of Perceived Complexity in Music: A Commentary on Eerola. Empirical Musicology Review, 11, 18-19.

Margulis, E.H. & Simchy-Gross, R. (2016). Repetition Enhances the Musicality of Randomly Generated Tone Sequences. Music Perception, 33, 509-514.

Campbell, S.M. & Margulis, E.H. (2015). Catching an Earworm Through Movement. Journal of New Music Research, 44, 347-358.

Margulis, E.H., Kisida, B. & Greene, J. P. (2015). A Knowing Ear: The Effect of Explicit Information on Children’s Experience of a Musical Performance. Psychology of Music, 43, 596-605.

Margulis, E.H., Simchy-Gross, R. & Black, J.L. (2015). Pronunciation Difficulty, Temporal Regularity, and the Speech-to-Song Illusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 48. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00048

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Repetition and Musicality. SMT-V, 1.1.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Verbatim Repetition and Musical Engagement. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 24, 157-163. 

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Musical Topics and the Phenomenology of Surprise. In D. Mirka (Ed.), Handbook of Topic Theory. (pp. 629-641). New York: Oxford University Press.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Expectancy. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Silence. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition and Emotive Communication in Music Versus Speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 167. 

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Perception, Expectation, Affect, Analysis. Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft fuer Musiktheorie,10. 

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Aesthetic Responses to Repetition in Unfamiliar Music. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 31, 45-57.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Review of Steve Larson, Musical Forces: Motion, Metaphor, and Meaning in Music. Music Perception, 30, 4.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Musical Repetition Detection Across Multiple Exposures. Music Perception, 29, 377-385.

Wong, P.C.M., Chan, A.H.D., & Margulis, E.H. (2012). Effects of Mono- and Bi-Cultural Experiences on Auditory Perception. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252, 158-162.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Review of David Huron, Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation. Music Theory Spectrum, 34, 145-148.

Wong, P.C.M., Chan, A.H.D., Roy, A., & Margulis, E.H. (2011). The Bimusical Brain is not Two Monomusical Brains in One: Evidence from Musical Affective Processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 4082-4093. 

Ettlinger, M., Margulis, E.H., & Wong, P.C.M. (2011). Implicit Memory in Music and Language. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 211. 

Margulis, E.H. (2010). When Program Notes Don't Help: Music Descriptions and Enjoyment. Psychology of Music, 38, 285-302.

Huron, D. & Margulis, E.H. (2010). Music, Expectancy, and Thrills. In P.N. Juslin & J.A. Sloboda (Eds.), Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications (pp. 575-604). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wong, P.C.M., Roy, A.K., & Margulis, E.H. (2009). Bimusicalism: The Implicit Dual Enculturation of Cognitive and Affective Systems. Music Perception, 27, 81-88.

Wong, P.C.M., Perrachione, T.K., & Margulis, E.H. (2009). Effects of Asymmetric Cultural Experiences on the Auditory Pathway: Evidence from Music. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169, 157-163.

Margulis, E.H., Uppunda, A.K., Mlsna, L.M., Parrish, T.B., & Wong, Patrick C.M. (2009). Selective Neurophysiologic Responses to Timbre in Musicians with Different Listening Biographies. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 267-275. 

Margulis, E.H. (2009). Review of Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. American Journal of Bioethics, 9(9), 70-71.

Margulis, E.H. & Beatty, A.P. (2008). Musical Style, Psychoaesthetics, and Prospects for Entropy as an Analytic Tool. Computer Music Journal, 32(4), 64-78.

Margulis, E.H. (2008). Neuroscience, the Food of Musical Culture? Review of General Psychology, 28, 159-169. 

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Moved by Nothing: Listening to Musical Silence. Journal of Music Theory, 51, 245-276.

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Surprise and Listening Ahead: Analytic Engagements with Musical Tendencies. Music Theory Spectrum, 29, 197-217.

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Silences in Music are Musical not Silent: An Exploratory Study of the Effect of Context on Musical Pauses. Music Perception, 24, 485-506.

Margulis, E.H. & Levine, W.H. (2006).Timbre Priming Effects and Expectation in Melody. Journal of New Music Research, 35, 175-182. 

Margulis, E.H. (2005). Review-essay on Kevin Korsyn, Decentering Music. Psychology of Music, 33, 335-341.

Margulis, E.H. (2005). A Model of Melodic Expectation. Music Perception, 22, 663-714. 

JOURNALISTIC PIECES:

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Music is Not For Ears. Aeon Magazine. https://aeon.co/essays/music-is-in-your-brain-and-your-body-and-your-life

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads? A 4-minute video made with a team of professional animators. TED-Ed.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). The Music in You. Aeon Magazine https://aeon.co/essays/you-are-a-remarkable-musical-expert-you-just-don-t-know-it


Margulis, E.H. (2014). Why We Love Repetition in Music. A 4-minute video made with a team of professional animators. TED-Ed.

Margulis, E.H. (2014 – present). Looking at Listening. A blog on Psychology Today. 

Margulis, E.H. (2014). One More Time. Aeon Magazine. http://aeon.co/magazine/altered-states/why-we-love-repetition-in-music/ 

Translated into Hebrew and reprinted in Haaretz Magazine, http://www.haaretz.co.il/magazine/the-edge/.premium-1.2274063

Margulis, E.H. (2005). The Listening Mind. A radio pilot funded by American public Media. Recorded at WBEZ, Chicago and WGBH, Boston. 

INVITED TALKS
Margulis, E.H. (2018). Music and the implicit. Music Theory and Music Cognition: A Conference in Honor of Fred Lerdahl. Columbia University, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2018). What is musical about musical listening? Invited keynote, Texas Society for Music Theory, Dallas, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2018). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Distinguished Lyceum Speaker Series, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Using science to think about musical listening. Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Using science to think about music. Dean's Speaker Series, Linfield College, McMinville, OR.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Using science to think about music. Donald Hodges Lecture Series, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Empirical tools for thinking about musical aesthetics. Invited keynote, McGill Graduate Music Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Empirical tools for thinking about musical aesthetics. College of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Hearing things in sounds. Seminars in Society & Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Empirical tools for thinking about musical aesthetics. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. THEME Series Colloquium, School of Music, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. School of Music, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Music perception for neuromorphs. Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop. Telluride, CO.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Visiting Faculty Lecture, Exploring the Mind Through Music Conference, Rice University, Houston, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Repetition and musicality. Google Music, Art, and Machine Intelligence Workshop. Google San Francisco, CA.

Koelsch, S., Margulis, E.H., Sadoff, R. & Tan, S.-L. (2016). Why movies move us: The psychology and neuroscience of film music. New York University, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Can science really tell us anything about listening to music? Southern Methodist University, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Interdisciplinary Institute, Dallas, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Empirical approaches to aesthetic listening. Music Theory Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Repetition, music, and mind. Robert Samels Visiting Scholar Public Lecture, Indiana University, Bloomingon, IN.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Adventures in empirical approaches to musical aesthetics. Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Can science really tell us anything about how we listen to music? Music Theory Colloquium, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Perceiving music narratively: Who does it, and when? Department of Music Colloquium, Washington University, St, Louis, MO.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Perceiving music narratively: Who does it, and when? Madison Music Scholar Lecture, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). What's at stake for music cognition in similarity research? Plenary session at Music Similarity: Concepts, Cognition, and Computation. Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and mind. Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Series, University of Cincinnati - College/Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Why does music repeat so much? Lightning Talk, Science Foo Camp, Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA.

Marguils, E.H. (2014). Is music a language? Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville, AR.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and mind. Music Theory Colloquium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Panel discussion on science and the humanities with Eric Kandel. Emerson-Weir Symposium, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Using cognitive science to understand music. Honors Colloquium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and mind. Music Theory Colloquium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Repetition, music, and Mind. College of Music, Music Forum, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Department of Psychology Cognitive Science Seminar Series, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Department of Music Visiting Committee Colloquium Series, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Music Theory and Cognition Colloquium, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Cognitive Science Program Colloquium, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Repetition, music, and mind. Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester/Cornell University/University of Buffalo Music Cognition Symposium, Rochester, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music Colloquium, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music Colloquium, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Margulis, EH. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music Colloquium, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Department of Music and Performing Arts Colloquium, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Invited talk on the Eminent Speakers Series, Music, Mind and Brain Program, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK.

Margulis, E.H., Lerdahl, F. & LeDoux, J. (2011). Modeling expectation and tension in music and how they shape listeners' emotional response. Invited Panel, Fourth Meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Invited Talk, New York University, New York, NY.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Empiricism, performance, theory: Interdisciplinarity and the Liszt B Minor Sonata. Invited two-week seminar at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Some theoretical and empirical approaches to repetition in music. Invited Talk, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Cognitive science and musical expressivity. Internationale Sommerakademie, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Freshman seminar workshop on empirical methods in music research. Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Confronting the problem of repetition in music. Invited Talk, 2010 Symposium of Research in Music Theory, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Margulis, E.H. (2009). Music again: Perspectives on repetition in music. CIRMMT Distinguished Lecture in the Science and Technology of Music. McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2009). Some approaches to repetition in music. Music Cognition Colloquium, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2006). Moved by nothing. Music Department Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Margulis, E.H. (2006). A cognitive perspective on piano performance. Forum Internacional de Musica, Barcelona, Spain.

Margulis, E.H. (2004). Toward an expectational account of music. Music Department Colloquium, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2004). Toward an expectational account of music. Music Theory Department Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IL.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
 

Margulis, E.H. (2017). Theory, analysis, and characterizations of the musical. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Arlington, VA.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). Does speaking rate affect singing rate? Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, CA.

Margulis, E.H., Levine, W.H., Simchy-Gross, R. & Kroger, C. (2017). Expressive intent, ambiguity, and aesthetic responses to music and poetry. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, CA.

Graber, E., Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2017). Speech transformed into song heightens temporal sensitivity but weakens absolute pitch sensitivity. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, CA.

Taverno, P. & Margulis, E.H. (2016). Individual differences and suggestibility in visual imagery in visualization to music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, CA.

Margulis, E.H. (2016). Narrative experiences of instrumental pop music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, CA.

Flaig, N., Molfese, P., Margulis, E.H., Kroger, C. & Large, E. (2016). Real or perceived? Neural underpinnings of expectation in the enjoyment of performances. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, CA.

Gjerdingen, R., Huron, D., Loughridge, D., Margulis, E.H., Wallmark, Z. & Zbikowski, L. (2016). Music and the cognitive sciences: Prospects and problems. Music Cognition Special Interest Group, Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Vancouver, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2015). Perceiving music narratively: Who does it, and when? Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2015). Musical time estimation: How musical
expectancies and oddballs influence duration judgments. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN.

Kroger, C. & Margulis, E.H. (2015). The sound or the expectation: Psychological processes in the evaluation of musical performance. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2014). Attention, density, and coherence in musical time estimation. 13th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Black, J. & Margulis, E.H. (2014). Contextual variability in affective responses to music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Verbatim repetition and listening musically. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

Margulis, E.H. (2014). Interest as an emotional response to music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

McCullough, S. (2014). The effect of motor involvement and melody truncation on involuntary musical imagery. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, Korea.

Simchy-Gross, R. & Margulis, E.H. (2014). Modulating attention in multi-part Music: Is simple consonance more helpful than compound dissonance?

Margulis, E.H. (2013). Musical topics and the affective differentiation of surprise. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Toronto, Canada.

Margulis, E.H. (2012). Musical topics and the phenomenology of surprise. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, New Orleans, LA.

Margulis, E.H. & Eitan, Z. (2012). Tonality and affective experience: What the probe tone method reveals. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Empirical approaches to musical repetition. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, MN.

Cramer, A., Margulis, E.H., Tymoczko, D., Gopinath, S. & Everett, W. (2011). Special session: Reaching beyond the field. Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, MN.

Margulis, E.H. (2011). Repetition as a factor in aesthetic preference. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Rochester, NY.

Taher, C. (2011). The Ineffability of Modern Art Music. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Rochester, NY.

Wong, P.C.M., Chan, A.H.D. & Margulis, E.H. (2011). The bimusical brain. The Neuroscience and Music IV, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Margulis, E.H. (2010). Repetition detection across multiple exposures. 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seattle, WA.

Chan, A.D., Wong, P.C.M., Roy, A.K., & Margulis, E.H.M. (2009). Neural mechanisms of music listening by mono- and bi-cultural everyday music listeners. Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, San Francisco, CA.

Margulis, E.H. (2008). Musical discourse, musical experience. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Nashville, TN. 

Margulis, E.H. (2008). Linguistic description and musical experience. 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan.

Roy, A.K., Margulis, E.H., & Wong, P.C.M. (2008). Bimusicality: A dual enculturation effect on non-musicians' musical tension and memory. 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan.

Wong, P.C.M., Roy., A.K., & Margulis, E.H. (2008). The complex dynamics of repeated musical exposure. 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan.

Margulis, E.H., Roy, A.K. & Wong, P.C.M. (2008). The perceptual and cognitive non-linearities underlying musical preference across multiple exposures. Acoustical Society of America, June 2008, Paris. 

Sears, D. (2008). Processing surprise in tonal melodies. Confounding Expectation: Music and the Unexpected Outcome. Graduate Student Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Margulis, E.H., Uppunda, A.K., Mlsna, L.M., Parrish, T.B. & Wong, P.C.M. (2007). Selective neurophysiologic responses to timbre in musicians with different listening biographies. 13th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Chicago, IL.

Margulis, E.H. (2007). Neuroscience: The food of musical culture? From the Brain to Human Culture: Intersections Between the Humanities and Neuroscience, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

Margulis, E.H. (2006). Context effects on the experience of musical silence. 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, Italy.

Margulis, E.H. (2005). Surprise and listening ahead: Analytic engagements with musical tendencies. Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Boston, MA.

Margulis, E.H. & Levine, W.H. (2004). Melodic expectation: A priming study. 8th Internationl Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Evanston, IL.

Marguils, E.H. (2003). A model of melodic expectation. 5th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Hanover, Germany.

Margulis, E.H. (2003). Expectancy and affect in melody. International Conference on Music and Gesture, Norwich, England.

Margulis, E.H. (2003). A model of melodic expectation. 5th Annual Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts. Baden-Baden, Germany.

Margulis, E.H. (2003). Factors in melodic expectancy. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Las Vegas, NV.

Three year research grant, National Science Foundation

Kavli Fellowship, National Academy of Sciences

Chancellor Faculty Fellowship, University of Arkansas

Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

Brain Imaging Research Center Seed Grant, University of Connecticut

Wallace Berry Award, Society for Music Theory

NIAS-Lorentz Center Grant 

Invitee, Science Foo Camp, Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA

Publication Subvention Grant, Society for Music Theory

Provost's Collaborative Research Grant, University of Arkansas

Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities

Arkansas Visiting Fellowship, University of Cambridge

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Music Psychology, McGill University (declined to accept Cambridge Fellowship)

Honors College Interdisciplinary Course Development Grant, University of Arkansas

Humanities Innovation Grant, Rothschild Foundation

Summer Research Stipend, University of Arkansas

SURF Grant, Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Interdisciplinary Course Development Grant, University of Arkansas

Artists and Concerts Committee Grant, University of Arkansas

Fellow, Mannes Institute on Music and the Mind

Women's Giving Circle Grant, University of Arkansas

Faculty Gold Medal for Outstanding Mentoring of Undergraduates, University of Arkansas

Teaching Award for Undergraduate Research, University of Arkansas

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts Grant, Northwestern University

Fellow, Mannes Institute on Rhythm and Temporality

Classical Music Initiative Grant, American Public Media,

Faculty Research Grant, Northwestern University

Fellow, Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School

Wissenschafts-Kulturpreis, European Foundation for Culture

Research Incentive Grant, University of Arkansas