Anja-Xiaoxing Cui


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Ph.D. student in Psychology. Co-supervised by Drs. Lola L. Cuddy and Nikolaus F. Troje.

If a radio plays in the forest and no one is around to hear, is it still music? I am interested in how our minds enable us to perceive music.

How can you tell that the music in the background are the Beatles and is not Beethoven? Musical judgments depend on musical knowledge, which is thought to develop through exposure. In my Ph.D. work, I want to understand cognitive processes underlying this development. Research on the ability to pick up knowledge about unfamiliar musical styles is complemented by research about the effects of extended exposure to, or active engagement with music on how early in development this knowledge manifests.

I am co-supervised by Dr. Troje at the BioMotion Lab, and Dr. Cuddy at the Music Cognition Lab. In my spare time I like to play the piano.

Recent contributions:
Cui, A. X. How do we learn about music?. Talk at Exploring the Mind Through Music 2016. Houston, TX, June 6-10, 2016.
Cui, A. X. How our minds help us learn about music. Talk at Queen’s University Graduate Research Showcase. Kingston, ON, October 15, 2016.
Cui, A. X., Collett, M. J., Troje, N. F., & Cuddy, L. L. (2015). Familiarity and preference for pitch probability profiles. Cognitive processing, 16(2), 211-218. Abstract
Cui, A. X., Dederichs, M., Belyea, A. D., Cuddy, L. L., & Brook, J. E. PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Inclusion, Doing the right thing, Excellence) in a group-based music education program. Poster at Music, Mind & Society Annual Symposium. Nashville, TN, September 12, 2016.
Cui, A. X., Diercks, C., Troje, N. F., & Cuddy, L. L. (2016). Statistical learning of novel musical material: Evidence from an experiment using a modified probe tone profile paradigm and a discrimination task. Poster at 14th International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition. San Francisco, CA, July 5-8, 2016.
Cui, A. X., Diercks, C., Troje, N. F., & Cuddy, L. L. (2016). Short and long term representation of an unfamiliar tone distribution. PeerJ, 4, e2399. Full text