CZ:Guidel 2008 summer course on Music and Brain

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This page serves as a central forum for the Music and Brain course at the Guidel 2008 summer academy of the German National Merit Foundation.

The course is organized by Daniel Mietchen (Citizendium page/ lab page) and Stefan Koelsch (Citizendium page/ lab page).

It has two major aims – it seeks to provide participants with

  • an up-to-date overview about how the brain perceives and produces music (and how these processes can be investigated) and
  • an insider experience in a cross-disciplinary collaborative learning environment.

The task for each participant is to give a presentation on a topic relevant to music perception and cognition (see list below), and to assist at least one other participant in the preparation of their presentation.

Further than that, we wish to encourage participants to share the knowledge they gain in the preparation of their talks, preferably by creating an encyclopedic wiki entry about their respective topics. The language of the course will be German, and so the German Wikipedia would be one option for sharing but Wikipedia has a number of drawbacks, most notably vandalism, whereas Citizendium's policy (e.g. requiring real names) drastically reduces or effectively eliminates such problems. Most of the topics covered in the course do not have an entry yet in either of the Wikipedias or Citizendium, while the few entries that exist are of rather poor quality or very short, such that they will have to be re-written or expanded anyway. Under these circumstances, we deem Citizendium (which currently has only an English language version) to be most suited for the course.

Since we have 26 participants and only 20 sessions, there might be two presentations in some sessions, or those who do not present any topic can engage in other activities, e.g. by providing suitable video materials to the presenters or by spell-checking and expanding the course's Citizendium entries. German will be allowed on this page and its subpages.

For a brief overview on the matter, see the following interview with Stefan Koelsch:



30 June 2008 -- Topic selection

4 July 2008 -- References due

15 August 2008 -- Rough draft due

31 August 2008 -- Final draft due

7-20 September 2008 -- Guidel summer academy (9-13h on working days, with a coffee break around 10.30-11.00, hence ca. 2x90min)

9 November 2008 -- Release of the course's articles to the CZ community

Course schedule: The topics have been defined now, except for the BU-labeled "buffer" session whose focus we will adjust once everyone have chosen how to contribute in at least two ways-- preferably once as presenter and once as collaborator. To sign up for a topic (once you are registered), replace the "Test user" placeholders with ~~~ (three tildes; these will then automatically be converted into your user name; use the "Show preview" button to see what the result is). The "primary sources" refer to papers mentioned on the "Bibliography" subpage of your article. Please also check whether related articles already exist, and list them on the "Related Articles" subpage of your article.
Date Topic Presenter Collaborator(s) primary sources comments
Sep 8 General introduction
Developing Article History of music psychology research Ulrich Terstiege Eva Wollrab Leman 1997, Sachs 1943 & 1960
Sep 9 Developing Article Neuroimaging Johannes Reinhard

Franz-Xaver Neubert

Logothetis 2008, Hagmann 2008

Gaser 2003, Steinbeis 2008 (PLoS)

concentrate on methods useful to study music cognition
Auditory system Dorothea Platz Martin Schorb Zatorre 2001, Petkov 2006, Tramo 2002

Wong 2007, Krumbholz 2005, Sinex 2003

Sep 10 Developing Article Brain evolution Annemarie Brunswicker Michael Wenzel

Ulrich Terstiege

Roth 2005, Emes 2008, Sherwood 2008
Developing Article Musical syntax Johanna Jedamzik Friederike Lutz

Patrick Fornaro

Patel 2007 (Chapt. 5), Koelsch 2008
Sep 11 Developing Article Musical semantics Michael Wenzel Johanna Jedamzik Steinbeis 2008 (2x), Koelsch 2004
Stub Brain development Eva Weig Julia M. Nakagawa Johnson 2005, Rakic 2006, Bystron 2008
Sep 12 Developing Article Music perception Felipe Gerhard Katharina Höllerhage

Joscha-Tapani Schmiedt

Koelsch 2005, Peretz 2003, Zatorre 2007 focus on theoretical models of music perception
Stub Music production Martin Schorb Johannes Reinhard

Martin Wettges

Limb 2008, Zatorre 2007, Kleber 2007, Fitch 2007
Sep 15 Beat, rhythm, and entrainment Patricia Buescher Joscha-Tapani Schmiedt Thaut 2008, Grahn 2007, Brown 2006, Calvo-Merino 2005
Developing Article Development of Music perception in children Julia M. Nakagawa Céline Wasmer

Natalia Drost

Jentschke 2006, Magne 2007, Hannon 2007
Sep 16 Stub Music and emotion Markus Brandstetter Patricia Buescher

Friederike Lutz Dorothea Kluczniok

Eldar 2007, Koelsch 2006, Juslin 2003
Developing Article Autonomic and endocrine functions and music Dorothea Kluczniok Felipe Gerhard

Markus Brandstetter

Bernardi 2006, Conrad, 2007, Fukui 2001
Sep 17 Developing Article Music therapy Katharina Höllerhage J. Ulrich Steiger

Patrick Fornaro

Thaut 2005, Schlaug 2008, Schneider 2007
Stub Language and music Stephan.Hohmann Annemarie Brunswicker Patel 2003 & 2007 & 2008, Feld 1994, Steinbeis 2008 (2x)
Sep 18 Stub Brain plasticity and music Natalia Drost Eva Weig

Franz-Xaver Neubert

Gaser 2003, Gaab 2006

Jääskeläinen 2007, Münte 2002

Stub Vocal learning Maria Jakuszeit Céline Wasmer Jarvis 2007, Janik 1997 focus on the comparative perspective across mammals and birds
Sep 19 Developing Article Origin of music J. Ulrich Steiger Maria Jakuszeit

Martin Wettges

Fitch 2006, Koehler 1951, Darwin 1871 focus on the evolution of human capabilities for vocal learning
Developing Article Human uniqueness Eva Wollrab Dorothea Platz Coleman 2006/Hockett 1960 & 1968, Carroll 2003

Sherwood 2008, Arbiza 2006, Oelschläger 2008

Further suggested contributions


  • Stub Music psychology: The study of how, when, where and why people engage in music and dance. [e] (Everybody invited to collaborate, particularly those who do not present)
  • Music jokes: Jokes about music and musicians. [e] (Everybody invited to collaborate, particularly those who do not present)


Further suggestions here

Related topics

Other relevant topics are listed here.


  • Proof-reading of the seminar's articles for grammar, spelling and style (Test user would like to contribute)
  • There might also be contributors who concentrate on populating the CZ:Subpages across topics:
    • Providing the seminar's articles with Bibliographies (Test user would like to contribute)
    • Providing the seminar's articles with External links (Test user would like to contribute)
    • Providing the seminar's articles with Video material (Test user would like to contribute)
    • Providing the seminar's articles with Audio material (Test user would like to contribute)
    • Providing the seminar's articles with Music scores (Test user would like to contribute)
    • Providing the seminar's articles with Illustrations (Test user would like to contribute)
    • Providing the seminar's articles with Related Articles (Test user would like to contribute)
  • Providing assistance to those who call for help (see section below)
  • Anything else (please give details)

Calls for help

Please list here anything in which you would need help. Be precise."

  • request by Felipe Gerhard: Maybe someone can provide some samples of "modern music" that would be interesting to probe our understanding of musical perception, e.g.:
    • Igor Stravinsky: "The Rite of Spring" ("dissonant masterpiece")
      • I will bring a recording by the NYOGB, conducted by Simon Rattle, with me (Johannes)
    • Arnold Schoenberg: "Five Orchestral Pieces" ("little more than noise")
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen: "Kontakte" ("manipulated electronic noise")
      • I will bring a recording with me (Johannes)
    • György Ligeti: "Atmospheres" ("incomprehensible power")
      • I will bring a recording by the Berlin philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Nott, with me (Johannes)
    • Paul Hindemith ("quasi-mathematical laws of composition", Philip Ball)
      • I could bring: Violin concerto, Symphonic Metamorphoses, Symphony Mathis the painter (Johannes)
    • Pierre Boulez ("mathematical rigidity that almost sucks their music dry of expression", Philip Ball)
    • Artur Honegger: 1st symphony ("slabs of sonic matter", Philip Ball)
      • I will bring recordings by the SOBR, conducted by Charles Dutoit, with me (Johannes)

I need some help from people who are familiar with youtube ore things like that, because I am really not. My topic is Vocal Learning and I need some audio or video material about marine mammals and birds. In detail:

    • seals (phocids) that imitate human speech (maybe e.g. captive phocids at the New England Aquarium) or at least their natural calls or songs
some samples can be found here and here
    • cetaceans:
      • toothed whales (odontocetes) that also imitate human speech / different sounds; or their natural calls/songs (e.g. bottlenose dolphin)
      • songs of baleen whales (mysticetes), e.g. humpback whales
    • "speaking" birds or birds that imitate the sounds of mobile phones.
see Vocal learning/Video for two examples

thank you. Maria Jakuszeit 09:50, 31 August 2008 (CDT)

A generally useful source on Vocal learning is the podcast of a lecture given by Erich Jarvis, one of the lead researchers investigating this topic.

Writing instructions

If you have never edited a wiki page, you may wish to read CZ:Quick Start and to play around a bit in the Citizendium sandbox or this course's sandbox -- you can't do any harm by changing anything in either of these. For those experienced in editing at Wikipedia, a look at the differences might be of interest.

CZ:How to edit an article gives general instructions on how to edit Citizendium pages. Please make use of the preview button before you submit a page you have edited. Remember we are creating an encyclopedia here, and so the individual articles should be informative as well as nicely phrased and illustrated. They should cover all aspects relevant to the topic such that an interested lay reader (imagine yourself as an undergraduate) can digest it and find suitable references for in-depth study. In contrast to Wikipedia, Citizendium makes use of subpages for these purposes. This is achieved by placing the command "{{Subpages}}" at the top of your article and following the instructions that show up after saving the page (see Music and disease and its metadata subpage for an example).

If you want to invite other Citizendium authors (everybody here) or editors (a subset of everybody, with specialist knowledge in some area) to join you in working on your article, add this text: "{{EZarticle-open-auto‎}}" (just what's inside the "'s) just below the "{{Subpages}}". It produces this notice:

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This article is currently being developed as part of an Eduzendium student project. One of the goals of the course is to provide students with insider experience in collaborative educational projects, and so you are warmly invited to join in here, or to leave comments on the discussion page. However, please refrain from removing this notice.
Besides, many other Eduzendium articles welcome your collaboration!

We strongly encourage such collaborative editing (this explicitly includes inviting fellow students, friends or experts to work with you on the subject) but if you want to make sure no other Citizendium authors or editors do anything to your article while you are working on it, add this text: "{{EZarticle-closed-auto‎}}" (just what's inside the "'s) just below the "{{Subpages}}". It produces this notice:

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This article is currently being developed as part of an Eduzendium student project. If you are not involved with this project, please refrain from collaboratively developing it until this notice is removed.
Articles that lack this notice, including many Eduzendium ones, welcome your collaboration!

Please also keep in mind that copyright restrictions may allow you to use some materials for your presentation but not here. If you are uncomfortable with writing encyclopedially in English, we suggest to concentrate on providing facts, references and figures for articles written by others.

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