Laboratory of Andrea R. Halpern, Ph.D., Bucknell University

Andrea R. Halpern’s research focuses on projects related to memory, cognitive aging, and music cognition. Her work specifically related to music cognition includes studying implicit memory for music, auditory imagery, environmental sounds, the functioning of musical experts, everyday musical experiences and senior citizens’ memory for music. Dr. Halpern is the 2012-2013 President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.

“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.”

Laboratory of Dale Purves, M.D., Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University


“Overview: Stimuli in other sensory domains, audition for example, are also ambiguous in that the physical properties of the stimulus cannot specify its real-world source. A statistical approach similar in principle to that used to rationalize the percepts elicited by visual stimuli can be used to explain why we hear tones the way we do.”

As the Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Executive Director of the Neuroscience Research Partnership at A*STAR, both located in Singapore, Purves has a lab in Singapore as well: