MS Proposal by Yiren Ren

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Name: Yiren Ren Master’s Thesis Proposal Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Time: 12:00pm Location: BlueJeans link: https://bluejeans.com/401440374   Advisor: Thackery Brown, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)   Thesis Committee Members: Thackery Brown, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech) Audrey Duarte, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech) Grace Leslie, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)   Title: A Study of Cross-Modal Sequential Memory: The Schema Effect of Tonal Pairing on Item Sequence Acquisition   Abstract:  Music is a multidimensional sequence of pitches and temporal intervals that has a predictable structure over time. Prior literature has revealed that humans are innately equipped to learn and anticipate these pitches and intervals – indeed, musical sequence learning can be an implicit process based on mere exposure. Although a growing number of studies have investigated music perception, there is a lack of understanding of how humans process musical information in parallel with other cognitive tasks. Because of the important role music plays in humans' daily lives, learning how music interacts with other cognitive processes will help future utilization of music in clinical ways, such as music therapy for regulating mood or perhaps aiding memory in Alzheimer’s disease. Though many studies have tested how to use music as a tool to improve other cognitive functions, few studies have investigated how music potentially affects memory encoding. Schema theory has shown that new information that is related to old memories can be encoded and learned faster, although this has never been tested in the context of the prior memories being music. Thus, this study aims to apply schema theory using an association between musical sequence properties and the workload required for parallel visual item sequence encoding – in doing so, I will test whether music provides a "temporal schema" that has an implicit cross-modal influence on the acquisition of other (here: visual) information. The results of this work will reveal whether music can facilitate or modulate people's memory for the arbitrary sequences of information that makes up episodic memories in our daily lives.  


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