Nori Jacoby

Nori Jacoby studies how different cultures use music and sound to make sense of the world around them. Through his research, Nori attempts to create new paradigms for scientific analysis that incorporate techniques from neuroscience, anthropology, and ethnomusicology, particularly in the study of rhythm perception. He earned a PhD in computational neuroscience from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and did postdoctoral research in computational audition at MIT. Dr. Jacoby currently leads the Research Group in Computational Auditory Perception at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Project Title

The Cultural Foundations of Auditory Processing

Ana Maria Ochoa
Professor of Music, Columbia University

Sarah Woolley
Professor of Psychology, Columbia University; Principal Investigator, Zuckerman Institute



The Development of Rhythmic Categories as Revealed through an Iterative Production Task
K Nave, C Carrillo, N Jacoby, L Trainor, E Hannon
PsyArXiv, 2021

Extreme Precision in Rhythmic Interaction Is Enabled by Role-optimized Sensorimotor Coupling: Analysis and Modeling of West African Drum Ensemble Music
N Jacoby, R Polak, J London
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2021

Slow Update of Internal Representations Impedes Synchronization in Autism
G Vishne, N Jacoby, T Malinovitch, T Epstein, O Frenkel, M Ahissar
Nature Communications, 2021

Cross-cultural Mood Perception in Pop Songs and its Alignment with Mood Detection Algorithms
H Lee, F Hoeger, M Schoenwiesner, M Park, N Jacoby
arXiv, 2021

Passive Attention in Artificial Neural Networks Predicts Human Visual Selectivity
TA Langlois, HC Zhao, E Grant, I Dasgupta, TL Griffiths, N Jacoby
arXiv, 2021

Universality and Cross-cultural Variation in Mental Representations of Music Revealed by Global Comparison of Rhythm Priors
N Jacoby, R Polak, J Grahn, D Cameron, KM Lee, R Godoy, …
PsyArXiv, 2021

Building Sustainable Global Collaborative Networks: Recommendations from Music Studies and the Social Sciences
PE Savage, N Jacoby, E Margulis, H Daikoku, M Anglada-Tort, …
PsyArXiv, 2021

Experimenting with Online Governance
O Tchernichovski, S Frey, N Jacoby, D Conley
Frontiers in Human Dynamics, 2021

Serial Reproduction Reveals the Geometry of Visuospatial Representations
TA Langlois, N Jacoby, JW Suchow, TL Griffiths
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021

REPP: A Robust Cross-platform Solution for Online Sensorimotor Synchronization Experiments
M Anglada-Tort, PMC Harrison, N Jacoby
bioRxiv, 2021

Categorical Rhythms Are Shared between Songbirds and Humans
TC Roeske, O Tchernichovski, D Poeppel, N Jacoby
Current Biology, 2020

Cross-cultural Work in Music Cognition: Challenges, Insights, and Recommendations
N Jacoby, EH Margulis, M Clayton, E Hannon, H Honing, J Iversen, …
Music Perception, 2020

Impaired Online Error-correction Disrupts Synchronization to External Events in Autism
G Vishne, N Jacoby, T Malinovitch, T Epstein, O Frenkel, M Ahissar
bioRxiv, 2020

Universal and Non-universal Features of Musical Pitch Perception Revealed by Singing
N Jacoby, EA Undurraga, MJ McPherson, J Valdés, T Ossandón, ...
Current Biology, 2019

Surprise-related Activation in the Nucleus Accumbens Interacts with Music-induced Pleasantness
O Shany, N Singer, BP Gold, N Jacoby, R Tarrasch, T Hendler, R Granot
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2019

Rhythmic Prototypes across Cultures: A Comparative Study of Tapping Synchronization
R Polak, N Jacoby, T Fischinger, D Goldberg, A Holzapfel, J London
Music Perception, 2018

Analyzing Multi-person Timing in Music and Movement: Event Based Methods
MT Elliott, D Ward, R Stables, D Fraser, N Jacoby, AM Wing
Timing and Time Perception: Procedures, Measures, & Applications, 2018

Repetition and a Beat-Based Timing Framework: What Determines the Duration of Intervals Between Repetitions of a Tapping Pattern?
O Murton, L Zipse, N Jacoby, S Shattuck-Hufnagel
Timing & Time Perception, 2017

Cross-modal 'Goodness of Fit' Judgments of Auditory and Visual Meter in Musical Rhythms
S Palmer, J Peterson, N Jacoby
Journal of Vision, 2017

An Auditory Illusion Reveals the Role of Streaming in the Temporal Misallocation of Perceptual Objects
AH Mehta, N Jacoby, I Yasin, AJ Oxenham, SA Shamma
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2017

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

Common Modulation of Limbic Network Activation Underlies Musical Emotions as they Unfold
N Singer, N Jacoby, T Lin, G Raz, L Shpigelman, G Gilam, RY Granot, ...
NeuroImage, 2016

Both Isochronous and Non-isochronous Metrical Subdivision Afford Precise and Stable Ensemble Entrainment: A Corpus Study of Malian Jembe Drumming
R Polak, J London, N Jacoby
Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2016

Motion Tracking of a Fish as a Novel Way to Control Electronic Music Performance
S Eloul, G Zissu, YH Amo, N Jacoby
Leonardo, 2016

Cue Properties Change Timing Strategies in Group Movement Synchronization
JJ Honisch, MT Elliott, N Jacoby, AM Wing
Scientific Reports, 2016

Rhythm Histograms and Musical Meter: A Corpus Study of Malian Percussion Music
J London, R Polak, N Jacoby
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2016