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Dr. Nori Jacoby

Max Planck Group Leader “Computational Auditory Perception”

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik
Grüneburgweg 14
60322 Frankfurt am Main

+40 176 212 013 09



Scientific Focus

  • Computational audition

  • Internal representations in vision and audition

  • Timing and sensorimotor synchronization

  • Music cognition

  • Cross-cultural psychology


Massive online experiments, Bayesian perception, cross cultural research, and machine learning

Selected Publications

Jacoby, Nori, and Josh H. McDermott. “Integer ratio priors on musical rhythm revealed cross-culturally by iterated reproduction.” Current Biology 27.3 (2017): 359-370.

Jacoby, Nori, Eduardo A. Undurraga, Malinda J. McPherson, Joaquin Valdes, Tomas Ossandon, and Josh H. McDermott. “Universal and non-universal features of musical pitch perception revealed by singing.” Current Biology 29, 1-15,

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.

Langlois,* Thomas A., Nori Jacoby* Jordan Suchow, and Thomas L. Griffiths. “Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction.” Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Polak, Rainer*, Nori Jacoby*, Timo Fischinger, Daniel Goldberg, Andre Holzapfel, and Justin London. “Rhythmic prototypes across cultures. A comparative study of tapping synchronization.” Music Perception, 36.1 (2018): 1-23. DOI: 10.1525/mp.2018.36.1.1


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