Nori Jacoby

Nori Jacoby studies how different cultures use music and sound to make sense of the world around them. He earned a PhD in computational neuroscience from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before accepting a postdoctoral position in computational audition at MIT. He then traveled the world to explore musical perception across cultures. Neuroscience has often struggled to quantify the non-verbal experience, but Nori is able to explore these complex representations by creating new paradigms for scientific analysis that incorporate techniques from anthropology and ethnomusicology. For example, after discovering that students from Bolivia to South Korea seem to hear music in various similar ways, presumably because many of them listen to the same Western artists and genres, Nori was surprised to find that residents of the same city often have different interpretations of rhythm that correspond to the styles of music they regularly practice.

Project Title: The Cultural Foundations of Auditory Processing

Rhythmic Prototypes Across Cultures. A Comparative Study of Tapping Synchronization
Music Perception, 2018

Analysing Multi-Person Timing in Music and Movement: Event Based Methods
Timing and Time Perception: Procedures, Measures, & Applications, 2018

Integer Ratio Priors on Musical Rhythm Revealed Cross-culturally by Iterated Reproduction
Current Biology, 2017


Uncovering Visual Priors in Spatial Memory Using Serial Reproduction
Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 2017


An Auditory Illusion Reveals the Role of Streaming in the Temporal Misallocation of Perceptual Objects
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2017

Kulturelle Diversität in der Empirischen Rhythmusforschung. Drei Analysen eines Audio-Korpus von Percussion-Ensemblemusik aus Mali 
Zeitschriftder Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, 2017

Repetition and a Beat-Based Timing Framework: What Determines the Duration of Intervals Between Repetitions of a Tapping Pattern?
Timing and Time Perception, 2017

Both Isochronous and Non-Isochronous Metrical Subdivision Afford Precise and Stable Ensemble Entrainment: A Corpus Study of Malian Jembe Drumming
Frontiers in Auditory Neuroscience, 2016

Rhythm Histograms and Musical Meter: A Corpus Study of Malian Percussion Music
Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 2016

Common Modulation of Limbic Network Activation Underlies Musical Emotions as They Unfold
Neuroimage, 2016

Motion Tracking of a Fish as a Novel Way to Control Electronic Music Performance
Leonardo, 2016

Cue Properties Change Timing Strategies in Group Movement Synchronization
Nature Scientific Reports, 2016