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    Nori Jacoby

IÕm interested in exploring the role of culture in auditory perception. My current work uses iterated learning alongside classical psychophysical methods to characterize perceptual biases in music and speech rhythms in various populations ranging from Westerners to the Tsimané, an Amazonian foraging-farming society in Bolivia. IÕm also working on computational modeling of synchronization and entrainment in jembe drum ensembles in Mali. My previous work focused on the mathematical modeling of sensorimotor synchronization in the form of tapping experiments as well as the application of machine-learning techniques to model aspects of musical syntax, including tonal harmony, birdsong, and the perception of musical form. From 2014 to 2016 I was a postdoc at the McDermott Computational Audition Lab in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT. During Spring/Summer 2016 I was a visiting postdoctoral researcher in Tom Griffiths's Computational Cognitive Science Lab at Berkeley. I am currently a Presidential Scholar In Society And Neuroscience at Columbia University.

I completed my Ph.D. at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Naftali Tishby and Merav Ahissar. I also hold a M.A. in mathematics from the same institution, completed under the supervision of Ruth Lawrence. My research has been published in journals including Nature, Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Vision, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, and Brain Research.


Contact:    nori.viola (at) gmail (dot) com

 


Publications

2016

Polak, Rainer, Nori Jacoby, and Justin London. "Both Isochronous and Non-Isochronous Metrical Subdivision Afford Precise and Stable Ensemble Entrainment: A corpus study of Malian jembe drumming." Frontiers in Auditory Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00285. Link

2016

London, Justin, Rainer Polak, and Nori Jacoby. "Rhythm Histograms and Musical Meter: A Corpus Study of Malian Percussion Music," Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, doi: 10.3758/s13423-016-1093-7. Link.

2016

Singer, Neomi, Nori Jacoby, Tamar Lin, Gal Raz, Lavi Shpigelman, Gadi Gilam, Roni Y. Granot, Talma Hendler. "Common Modulation of Limbic Network Activation Underlies the Unfolding of Musical Emotions and its Temporal Attributes." Neuroimage 141, 517Š529, Link.

2016

Eloul, Shaltiel, Gil Zissu, Yehiel H. Amo, and Nori Jacoby. "Motion Tracking as a Novel Way to Control Electronic Music Performance," Leonardo, Vol. 49.3, 203Š210. Link

2016

Honisch, Juliane J., Mark T. Elliott, Nori Jacoby, and Alan M. Wing. "Cue properties change timing strategies in group movement synchronisation." Nature Scientific Reports 6, 19439, Link.

2015

Jacoby, Nori, and Merav Ahissar. "Assessing the Applied Benefits of Perceptual Training: Lessons from Studies of Working-Memory Training." Journal of Vision, Vol. 15,6. Doi: 10.1167/15.10.6. Download.

2015

Jaffe-Dax, Sagi, Ofri Raviv, Nori Jacoby, Yonatan Loewenstein and Merav Ahissar. "Towards a Computational Model of Dyslexia." The Journal of Neuroscience 35.35: 12116-12126. Download.

2015

Jacoby, Nori, Bruno H. Repp, Merav Ahissar, Naftali Tishby, and Peter Keller. "Parameter Estimation of Linear Sensorimotor Synchronization Models: Phase Correction, Period Correction and Ensemble Synchronization." Timing & Time Perception (2015) Doi: 10.1163/22134468-00002048. Download.

2015

Jacoby, Nori, Naftali Tishby, and Dmitri Tymoczko. "An Information Theoretic Approach to Chord Categorization and Functional Harmony." Journal of New Music Research, Doi: 10.1080/09298215.2015.1036888. Download.

2015

Jacoby, Nori, Peter E. Keller, Bruno H. Repp, Merav Ahissar, and Naftali Tishby. "Lower Bound on the Accuracy of Parameter Estimation Methods for Linear Sensorimotor Synchronization Models." Timing & Time Perception (2015) Doi:10.1163/22134468-00002047. Download.

2015

Van der Steen, Marieke, Nori Jacoby, Merle T. Fairhurst, and Peter E. Keller. "Sensorimotor Synchronization with Tempo Changing Auditory Sequences: Modeling Temporal Adaptation and Anticipation." Brain Research, Doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2015.01.053. Download.

2013

Jacoby, Nori and Merav Ahissar. "What Does It Take to Show that a Cognitive Training Procedure is Useful? A Critical Evaluation." In Progress in Brain Research: Changing Brains - Applying Brain Plasticity to Advance and Recover Human Ability. Michael Merzenich, Mor Nahum and Tom Van Vleet, eds. Elsevier, 2013. Download.

2013

Lipkind, Dina, Gary Marcus, Douglas Bemis, Kazutoshi Sasahara, Nori Jacoby, Miki Takahashi, Kenta Suzuki, Olga Feher, Primoz Ravbar, Kazuo Okanoya and Ofer Tchernichovski. "Stepwise Acquisition of Vocal Combinatorial Capacity in Songbirds and Human Infants." Nature, vol. 498, 104-108 (06 June 2013). Link

2013

Gurion, Tom and Nori Jacoby. "Audio-Only Augmented Reality System for Social Interaction." Proceedings, HCI International 2013. Volume 373, 322-326. Download.

2012

Bohannon, Philip, Nilesh Dalvi, Yuval Filmus, Nori Jacoby, Sathiya Keerthi, and Alok Kirpal. "Automatic Web-Scale Information Extraction." Proceedings of the 2012 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, 609-612, Vol. 373, 322-326. Download.

2012

Jacoby, Nori and Bruno H. Repp. "A General Linear Framework for the Comparison and Evaluation of Models of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Biological Cybernetics, vol. 106/3, 135-154. Doi: 10.1007/s00422-012-0482-x. Download.

2011

Repp, Bruno H., Peter E. Keller, and Nori Jacoby. "Quantifying Phase Correction in Sensorimotor Synchronization: Empirical Comparison of Three Paradigms." Acta Psychologica 139, no. 2: 281-90. Download.

2011

Granot, Roni Y., and Nori Jacoby. "Musically Puzzling I: Sensitivity to Overall Structure in the Sonata Form?" Musicae Scientiae 15, no. 3: 365-86. Doi: 10.1177/1029864911409508. Download.

2011

Granot, Roni Y., and Nori Jacoby. "Musically Puzzling II: Sensitivity to Overall Structure in a Haydn e-minor Sonata?" Musica Scientiae 16 no. 1: 67-80.  Doi: 10.1177/1029864911423146. Download.

2004

Lawrence, Ruth and Nori Jacoby. "Some Computations of Ohtsuki Series,"  Advances in Topological Quantum Field Theory, eds J. Bryden, Kluwer (2004) 53-70. Download.

 

 


Articles in Review

2016

Jacoby, Nori, Naftali Tishby, Hila Jakoby, and Merav Ahissar "Encoding capacity predicts both sensorimotor and working memory performance." In Review.

2016

Singer, Neomi, Nori Jacoby, Eran Pasternak, Talma Hendler, Roni Granot "[Feeling the (un)predicted]: Beat-strength and surprises modulate the unfolding of music-induced emotions." In Review.

2016

Mehta, Anahita H., Nori Jacoby, Ifat Yasin, Andrew J. Oxenham, and Shihab Shamma. "Neural correlates of auditory streaming and attention in a multistable perceptual illusion." In Review.

2016

Elliott, Mark T., Ryan Stables, Dominic Ward, Dagmar Fraser, Nori Jacoby, Alan M. Wing. "Analysing Multi-Person Timing in Music and Movement: Event Based Methods." In Review.

 


Conference Presentations

2016

"Cue properties change timing strategies in group movement synchronisation." Honisch, Juliane J., Mark T. Elliott, Nori Jacoby, and Alan M. Wing. Sport Plaisir Conference on Motor Behavior and Emotion, University of Lille, France, November 21-23, 2016.

2016

"Musical Roles and Individual Behavior in Ensemble Entrainment in Jembe Drum Ensemble Music from Mali." Jacoby, Nori, Rainer Polak, and Justin London. Annual Meeting, Society for Music Theory, Vancouver, BC, November 5-10, 2016.

2016

"Empirical musicology, African rhythm, and the politics of data: Cross-cultural research depends on interdisciplinary collaboration" Polak, Rainer, Nori Jacoby, and Justin London. Internationaler Kongress der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, September 14-17, 2016.

2016

"Ensemble synchronization and leadership in Jembe drumming music from Mali." Jacoby, Nori, Rainer Polak, and Justin London. 14th Biennial International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), UCSF, San Francisco, July 5-9, 2016.

2016

"Statistical learning for musical meter revisited: A corpus study of Malian percussion music." London, Justin, Nori Jacoby, and Rainer Polak. 14th Biennial International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), UCSF, San Francisco, July 5-9, 2016.

2016

"Individual differences and reading skills: another PATH needed?" Jacoby, Nori, Naftali Tishby, Hilla Jakoby, and Merav Ahissar. 14th Biennial International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), UCSF, San Francisco, July 5-9, 2016.

2016

"Rhythmic Perceptual Priors Revealed by Iterated Reproduction." Jacoby, Nori and Josh McDermott. 14th Biennial International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), UCSF, San Francisco, July 5-9, 2016.

2016

"How West African drummers keep in time together: Musical roles and individual behavior in ensemble entrainment in jembe music from Mali." Polak, Rainer, Nori Jacoby, and Justin London. Fourth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM), The New School, NYC, June 8-11, 2016.

2015

"The Cognitive Correlates of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Jacoby, Nori, Naftali Tishby, Hilla Jakoby, and Merav Ahissar. The Biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC), Vanderbilt University, August 1-5, 2015.

2015

"Ensemble Entrainment in Jembe Music from Mali." Polak, Rainer, Nori Jacoby, and Justin London. RPPW 15 (Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 6-8, 2015.

2015

"An Information Theoretic Approach to Chord Categorization: From Corpus Analysis to a Cognitive Experiment." Jacoby, Nori, Naftali Tishby, Itay Lieder, and Dmitri Tymoczko. NEMCOG (Northeast Music Cognition Group), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. April 4, 2015.

2015

"The Cognitive Correlates of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Jacoby, Nori, Naftali Tishby, Hilla Jakoby, Merav Ahissar. New England Sequencing and Timing (NEST), UMass Amherst, March 7, 2015.

2015

"Towards a Computational Model of Dyslexia." Sagi Jaffe-Dax, Ofri Raviv, Nori Jacoby, Yonatan Loewenstein, Merav Ahissar, Poster at Cosyne, Salt Lake City

2014

"The Effect of Ensemble Size, Musical Role, and Individual Performer on Collective Entrainment in Khasonka Drumming From Mali" London, Justin, Nori Jacoby, Rainer Polak. ICMPC 13-APSCOM 5, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, August 4-8, 2014.

2014

"An Information-Theoretic Approach to Functional Harmony." Nori Jacoby and Naftali Tishby. Paper at IMS Annual Musicology Conference, Tel-Aviv, Israel, June 23, 2014.

2014

"Movement Entrainment When Walking (and Bouncing!) in Group Formations." Mark Elliott, Nori Jacoby, and Alan Wing. Paper at ISPGR Symposium on Multi-Person Entrainment in Gait and Posture, Vancouver, Canada. June 29- July 3, 2014.

2014

"Finger-tapping, rhythm and working memory: the cognitive correlates of sensorimotor synchronization." Nori Jacoby and Merav Ahissar. Paper at Annual Conference, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Psychology Department, Jerusalem, Israel. June 19, 2014.

2013

"Information, Working Memory and Prediction: A Mathematical Metaphor for Art, Music and Perception?" Paper at The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy. October 5, 2013.

2013

"Parameter Estimation of Sensorimotor Synchronization Models." Paper at RPPW '13 (Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop), Birmingham, UK. September 11-13, 2013.

2013

"Audio-Only Augmented Reality System for Social Interaction." Tom Gurion and Nori Jacoby. Poster presentation at The 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Nevada, USA. July 24-26, 2013.

2013

"Audio-Only Augmented Reality System for Social Interaction." Tom Gurion and Nori Jacoby. Paper at IEEE ISTAS'13, Toronto, Canada. June 28, 2013.

2013

"Information, Categorization and Prediction: A Mathematical Metaphor for Art Music and Perception?" Talk at the Information, Representation and Learning: An international workshop in honor of Prof. Naftali Tishby, Jerusalem, Israel May 30, 2013.

2013

"Information, Categorization and Prediction: A Mathematical Metaphor for Art Music and Perception?" Talk at Music and Brains: the Surprising Link, Jerusalem, Israel, February 11, 2013.

2013

"Tapping Working Memory with Sensorimotor Synchronization." Poster presentation at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation's Annual Retreat, Ein Gedi, Israel January 27-29, 2013.

2012

"Tapping Working Memory with Sensorimotor Synchronization." Poster presentation at the Israel Society for Neuroscience's 2012 Annual Conference, Eilat, Israel, December 16, 2012.

2012

"Kernel Information Bottleneck" paper presented at the NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation) workshop on "Information in Perception and Action," Lake Tahoe, Nevada, December 7-8, 2012.

2012

"Tapping Working Memory with Sensorimotor Synchronization." Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience's 2012 Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA, October 17, 2012.

2012

"Kernel Information Bottleneck." Talk at the Monte Verita Workshop on Music and Neuroscience, Ascona, Switzerland, March 18-23, 2012.

2012

"Kernel Information Bottleneck." Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation's Annual Retreat, Ein Gedi, February 5, 2012.

2011

"When the Rat Heard Ligeti: Neural Sensitivity to Auditory Structure." Yael Bitterman, Ayaelet Hashahar-Shapira, Itai Hershenhoren, Nori Jacoby, Amit Yaron and Israel Nelken.  Poster presentation at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. December 11-13, 2011.

2011

"Multiple Neural Networks Depicted by Continuous Measurement of the Musical Emotional Experience." Neomi Singer, Donna Abecasis, Eran Pasternak, Nori Jacoby, Roni Y. Granot, Talma Hendler. Neurosciences and Music Conference IV: Learning and Memory. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 9 - 12 June 2011.

2011

"When the Rat Heard Ligeti:  Neural Sensitivity to Auditory Structure." Yael Bitterman, Ayaelet Hashahar-Shapira, Itai Hershenhoren, Nori Jacoby, Amit Yaron and Israel Nelken.  Faculty Day, Dept. of Neurobiology, the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, May 19, 2011.

2011

"Preliminary Results with the Action Perception Model of Tapping" at the Columbia / Gatsby / ICNC Workshop, Columbia University, USA, May 16, 2011.

2011

"A General Linear Framework for the Comparison and Evaluation of Models of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Joint presentation with Bruno Repp at WEST (Western Society for Sequence and Timing), Santa Barbara, February 19, 2011.

2011

"Action Perception Model of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation's Annual Retreat, Ein Gedi, January 16-18, 2011.

2010

"Preliminary Results with the Action Perception Model of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. December 12-14, 2010.

 


Invited Talks and Guest Lectures

2016

"Perceptual Priors in Music and Speech Revealed by Iterated Learning." Guest lecture, CCRMA, Stanford University, August 17, 2016.

2016

"Rhythmic Perceptual Priors Revealed by Iterated Learning." Invited talk, Pandora, Oakland, CA, May 25, 2016.

2016

"Perceptual Priors in Music and Speech Revealed by Iterated Learning." Invited talk, Starkey Hearing Research Center, Berkeley, May 19, 2016.

2016

"Parameter Estimation of Linear Models." Invited lecture, Workshop on Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance, Durham University May 13, 2016.

2016

"Iterated Learning in Musical Rhythms." Keynote, Bay Innovative Signal Hackers Bash hosted by Dolby San Francisco, May 3, 2016.

2016

"Discovering Rhythmic Perceptual Priors with Iterated Learning." Invited talk at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, April 18, 2016.

2016

"Discovering Rhythmic Perceptual Priors with Iterated Learning." Invited colloquium lecture, the Program for Music, Mind, and Society at Vanderbilt University, January 27, 2016.

2015

"Discovering Rhythmic Perceptual Priors with Iterated Learning." Invited talk at David Poeppel's Lab, New York University, October 27, 2015.

2014

"Finger-tapping, rhythm and working memory: the cognitive correlates of sensorimotor synchronization." Talk at ELSC Nervous Club, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 28, 2014.

2014

"Parameter estimation of sensorimotor synchronization models." Invited talk at Alan Wing's Lab, University of Birmingham, April 10, 2014.

2014

"Finger-tapping, rhythm and working memory: the cognitive correlates of sensorimotor synchronization." Guest lecture at Josh McDermott's Lab, MIT, February 19, 2014.

2013

"Modeling harmony and sensorimotor synchronization." Guest lecture, at Michael Shadlen's Lab, Columbia University, October 22, 2013.

2013

"Information, working memory and prediction (and music perception)." Guest lecture at the Gatsby Neuroscience Journal Club, the Gatsby Computational Unit Seminar at University College London, October 8, 2013.

2013

Invited speaker on "Measuring Multi-Person Timing: State of the art methods and analyses" Pre-Conference Workshop, RPPW, University of Birmingham, September 10, 2013.

2013

"Information, Categorization and Prediction: A Mathematical Metaphor for Art Music and Perception?" Guest lecture at the Electrical Engineering Systems Department Seminar Series at Tel-Aviv University, June 3, 2013.

2013

"Information, Categorization and Prediction: A Mathematical Metaphor for Art Music and Perception?"; Invited lecture at The Gonda Brain Research Center Weekly Seminar (Spring-Summer Series) at Bar Ilan University, March 18.

2011

"Reinforcement Learning and Computational Methods in Music Cognition" tutorial at the 3rd International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM 2011) at IRCAM, Paris, France, June 16, 2011.

2011

"Music Theater and Revelation: on Composing the Music for 'Eternal Love,' a Play About the Life of Rabbi Moses Haim Luzato." Invited speaker at the Interdisciplinary Conference in Honor of Cabbalistic Scholar Isaiah Tishby. National Library and Archives, Jerusalem, Israel. May 23, 2011.

2011

"Sound Editing for Experimental Design" tutorial at the 3rd meeting of the Israeli Music Cognition Group (IMCOG), Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, March 18, 2011.

2010

"Modeling Sensorimotor Synchronization." Guest lecture, Yale University, March 2, 2010.

2010

"Linear Models of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Guest lecture, CCRMA, Stanford University, February 17, 2010.

 


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