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Bruno Hermann Repp
Bruno Repp Haskins Laboratories
300 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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Research Affiliate, Haskins Laboratories

Personal milestones

1944: Born in Vienna, Austria
1971: Married to Norma Pasion
1975: Daughter Mayumi born
1980: Daughter Midori born
1997: U.S. Citizenship
2009: Granddaughter Rania born
2011: Retired

Professional career

1969: Dr. Phil. (psychology), University of Vienna
1973: Ph.D. (psychology), University of Chicago
1974-1976: Postdoctoral trainee, UConn Health Center, Farmington
1976-1991: Research scientist (speech perception), Haskins Laboratories
1991-2011: Research scientist (music perception and action), Haskins Laboratories
2005-2007: Research associate, Rutgers University, Newark
2011-present: Research affiliate, Haskins Laboratories

Grants

1993-1996, 1997-2003: Principal investigator, NIH R01 grant MH-51230
    ("Perception and Production of Rhythmic Microstructure")
2007-2009, 2009-2011: Principal Investigator, NSF grants BCS-0642506 and BCS-0924206 ("Cognitive and Perceptual Constraints on Rhythmic Action")

Editorial activities

1984-1986: Associate Editor (speech communication), Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
1988-1994: Editor, Language and Speech
2008-2012: Associate Editor, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain
Currently: Consulting editor, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics; Music Perception; Advances in Cognitive Psychology; Empirical Musicology Review
Ad-hoc reviewer for many different journals

Societies and meetings

Long-time member of: Psychonomic Society; Society for Music Perception and Cognition
Host of the annual New England Sequencing and Timing (NEST) conference (2000-2010)

Research interests

Until about 1991: perception of speech sounds, acoustic properties of speech.


1985-2000: expressive music performance, perception of timing in music

2000-present: sensorimotor synchronization, rhythm perception and production, relationships between perception and action


Occasional interests: multistable perception (the tritone paradox), agency

For a concise summary of my research from 1985 to 2010, see Repp (2010) under "Powerpoint slides" below.

Recent Publications

Scans of all my publications can be downloaded from the Haskins Laboratories Publications Database.

2013

Fidali, B. C., Poudrier, È., & Repp, B. H. (2013). Detecting perturbations in polyrhythms: effects of complexity and attentional strategies. Psychological Research, 77, 183-195.

Hove, M. J., Iversen, J. R., Zhang, A., & Repp, B. H. (2013). Synchronization with competing visual and auditory rhythms: Bouncing ball meets metronome. Psychological Research, 77, 388-398.

 

Poudrier, È., & Repp, B.H. (2013). Can musicians track two beats simultaneously? Music Perception, 30, 369-390

Repp, B. H., London, J., & Keller, P. E. (2013). Systematic distortions in musicians’ reproduction of cyclic three-interval rhythms. Music Perception, 30, 291-305.

Repp, B.H., Mendlowitz, H.B., & Hove, M.J. (2013). Does rapid auditory stimulation accelerate an internal pacemaker? Don't bet on it. Timing and Time Perception.

 

Repp, B. H., & Su, Y.-H. (2013). Sensorimotor synchronization: A review of recent research (2006-2012). Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 20, 403-452.

2012

Jacoby, N., & Repp, B. H. (2012). A general linear framework for the comparison and evaluation of models of sensorimotor synchronization. Biological Cybernetics, 106, 135-154.

Repp, B. H. (2012a). Comments on "The Effects of Stimulus Rate and Tapping Rate on Tapping Performance" by Zendel, Ross, and Fujioka (2011). Music Perception, 29, 447-448.


Repp, B. H. (2012b). The legacy of Paul Fraisse: II. Two further studies of sensorimotor synchronization. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain,

22, 74-76.

Repp, B. H., & Ladiges, J. (2012). The "divided time illusion” in musicians: From puzzling data to evidence for a rate limit. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 22, 26-32.

Repp, B. H., London, J., & Keller, P. E. (2012). Distortions in reproduction of two-interval rhythms: When the "attractor ratio" is not exactly 1:2. Music Perception, 30, 205-223


Repp, B. H., Keller, P. E., & Jacoby, N. (2012). Quantifying phase correction in sensorimotor synchronization: empirical comparison of three paradigms. Acta Psychologica, 139, 281-290.

Repp, B. H., & Moseley, G. P. (2012)). Anticipatory phase correction in sensorimotor synchronization. Human Movement Science, Vol. 31, pp.1118-1136.

2011

Repp, B. H. (2011a). Temporal evolution of the phase correction response in synchronization with perturbed two-interval rhythms. Experimental Brain Research, 208, 89-101.

Repp, B. H. (2011b). Comfortable synchronization of drawing movements with a metronome. Human Movement Science, 30, 18-39.

Repp, B. H. (2011c). Tapping in synchrony with a perturbed metronome: The phase correction response to small and large phase shifts as a function of tempo. Journal of Motor Behavior, 43, 213-227.

Repp, B. H. (2011d). Comments on "Tactus ≠ Tempo: Some Dissociations Between Attentional Focus, Motor Behavior, and Tempo Judgment" by Justin London. Empirical Musicology Review, 6(1), 56-61.

Repp, B. H. (2011e). No temporal binding of action consequences to actions in a rhythmic context. Experimental Brain Research, 214, 491-501.

Repp, B. H., & Goehrke, R. M. (2011). Music notation, but not action on a keyboard, influences pianists' judgments of ambiguous melodies. Music Perception, 28, 315-320.

Repp, B. H., London, J., & Keller, P. E. (2011). Perception-production relationships and phase correction in synchronization with two-interval rhythms. Psychological Research, 75, 227-242.

Villing, R. C., Repp, B. H., Ward, T. E., & Timoney, J. M. (2011). Measuring perceptual centers using the phase correction response. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73, 1614-1629.

2010

Repp, B. H. (2010a). Sensorimotor synchronization and perception of timing: Effects of music training and task experience. Human Movement Science, 29, 200-213.

Repp, B. H. (2010b). Self-generated interval subdivision reduces variability of synchronization with a very slow metronome. Music Perception, 27, 389-397.

Repp, B. H. (2010c). Do metrical accents create illusory phenomenal accents? Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72, 1390-1403.

Repp, B. H., & Keller, P. E. (2010). Self versus other in piano performance: Detectability of timing perturbations depends on personal playing style. Experimental Brain Research, 202, 101-110.

Repp, B. H., & Marcus, R. J. (2010). No sustained sound illusion in rhythmic sequences. Music Perception, 28, 121-133.

Repp, B. H., & Steinman, S. R. (2010). Simultaneous event-based and emergent timing: synchronization, continuation, and phase correction. Journal of Motor Behavior, 42, 111-126.

Repp, B. H., & Thompson, J. M. (2010). Context sensitivity and invariance in perception of octave-ambiguous tones. Psychological Research, 74, 437-456.

2009

Iversen, J. R., Repp, B. H., & Patel, A. D. (2009). Top-down control of rhythm perception modulates early auditory responses. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169, 58-73.

Knoblich, G., & Repp, B. H. (2009). Inferring agency from sound. Cognition, 111, 248-262.

Repp, B. H. (2009a). Segregated in perception, integrated for action: Immunity of rhythmic sensorimotor coordination to auditory stream segregation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 426-434.

Repp, B. H. (2009b). Rhythmic sensorimotor coordination is resistant but not immune to auditory stream segregation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 2306-2312.

Repp, B. H. (2009c). The legacy of Paul Fraisse: Two classic papers on synchronization. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, & Brain, 20, 163-166.

Repp, B. H., & Bruttomesso, M. (2009). A filled duration illusion in music: Effects of metrical subdivision on the perception and production of beat tempo. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 5, 114-134.

Repp, B. H., & Jendoubi, H. (2009). Flexibility of temporal expectations for triple subdivision of a beat. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 5, 27-41.  

Repp, B. H., & Knoblich, G. (2009). Performed or observed keyboard actions affect pianists’ judgments of relative pitch. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 2156-2132.

2008

Keller, P. E., & Repp, B. H. (2008). Multilevel coordination stability: Integrated goal representations in simultaneous intra-personal and inter-agent coordination. Acta Psychologica, 128, 378-386.

Repp, B. H. (2008a). Multiple temporal references in sensorimotor synchronization with metrical auditory sequences. Psychological Research, 72, 79-98.

Repp, B. H. (2008b). Metrical subdivision results in subjective slowing of the beat. Music Perception, 26, 19-39.

Repp, B. H. (2008c). Perfect phase correction in synchronization with slow auditory sequences. Journal of Motor Behavior, 40, 363-367.

Repp, B. H., Iversen, J. R., & Patel, A. D. (2008). Tracking an imposed beat within a metrical grid. Music Perception, 26, 1-18.

Repp, B. H., & Keller, P. E. (2008). Sensorimotor synchronization with adaptively timed sequences. Human Movement Science, 27, 423-456.

Repp, B. H., London, J., & Keller, P. E. (2008). Phase correction in sensorimotor synchronization with nonisochronous sequences. Music Perception, 26, 171-175.

2007

Keller, P. E., Knoblich, G., & Repp, B. H. (2007). Pianists duet better when they play with themselves: On the possible role of action simulation in synchronization. Consciousness and Cognition, 16, 102-111.

Repp, B. H. (2007a). Hearing a melody in different ways: Multistability of metrical interpretation, reflected in rate limits of sensorimotor synchronization. Cognition, 102, 434-454.

Repp, B. H. (2007b). Perceiving the numerosity of rapidly occurring auditory events in metrical and non-metrical contexts. Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 529-543.

Repp, B. H., & Doggett, R. (2007). Tapping to a very slow beat: A comparison of musicians and non-musicians. Music Perception, 24, 367-376.

Repp, B. H., & Knoblich, G. (2007a). Action can affect auditory perception. Psychological Science, 18, 6-7.

Repp, B. H., & Knoblich, G. (2007b). Toward a psychophysics of agency: Detecting gain and loss of control over auditory action effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33, 469-482.

2006

Repp, B. H. (2006a). Does an auditory distractor sequence affect self-paced tapping? Acta Psychologica, 121, 81–107.

Repp, B. H. (2006b). Does an auditory perceptual illusion affect on-line auditory action control? The case of (de)accentuation and synchronization. Experimental Brain Research, 168, 493–504.

Repp, B. H. (2006c). Musical synchronization. In E. Altenmüller, M. Wiesendanger, & J. Kesselring (Eds.), Music, motor control, and the brain (pp. 55–76). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Repp, B. H. (2006d). Rate limits of sensorimotor synchronization. Advances in Cognitive Psychology (http://ac-psych.org/), 2, 163-181.

2005

Keller, P. E., & Repp, B. H. (2005). Staying offbeat: Sensorimotor syncopation with structured and unstructured auditory sequences. Psychological Research, 69, 292–309.

Repp, B. H. (2005a). Rate limits of on-beat and off-beat tapping with simple auditory rhythms: 1. Qualitative observations. Music Perception, 22, 479–496.

Repp, B. H. (2005b). Rate limits of on-beat and off-beat tapping with simple auditory rhythms: 2. The role of different kinds of accent. Music Perception, 23, 167–189.

Repp, B. H. (2005c). Sensorimotor synchronization: A review of the tapping literature. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 12, 969–992.

Patel, A. D., Iversen, J. R., Chen, Y., & Repp, B. H. (2005). The influence of metricality and modality on synchronization with a beat. Experimental Brain Research, 163, 226–238.

Repp, B. H., London, J., & Keller, P. E. (2005). Production and synchronization of uneven rhythms at fast tempi. Music Perception, 23, 61–78.

2004

Keller, P. E., & Repp, B. H. (2004). When two limbs are weaker than one: Sensorimotor syncopation with alternating hands. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57A, 1085-1101.

Repp, B. H. (2004a). Comments on "Rapid motor adaptions to subliminal frequency shifts during syncopated rhythmic sensorimotor synchronization" by Michael H. Thaut and Gary Kenyon (Human Movement Science, 22 [2003], 321-338). Human Movement Science, 23, 61-77.

Repp, B. H. (2004b). On the nature of phase attraction in sensorimotor synchronization with interleaved auditory sequences. Human Movement Science, 23, 389-413.

Repp, B. H., & Keller, P. E. (2004). Adaptation to tempo changes in sensorimotor synchronization: Effects of intention, attention, and awareness. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57A, 499-521.

Repp, B. H., & Knoblich, G. (2004). Perceiving action identity: How pianists recognize their own performances. Psychological Science, 15, 604-609.

Repp, B. H., & Penel, A. (2004). Rhythmic movement is attracted more strongly to auditory than to visual rhythms. Psychological Research, 68, 252-270.

Resnicow, J. E., Salovey, P., & Repp, B. H. (2004). Is recognition of emotion in music performance an aspect of emotional intelligence? Music Perception, 22, 145-158. (Click here to access music examples.)

2003

Repp, B. H. (2003a). Phase attraction in sensorimotor synchronization with auditory sequences: Effects of single and periodic distracters on synchronization accuracy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 29, 290-309.

Repp, B. H. (2003b). Rate limits in sensorimotor synchronization with auditory and visual sequences: The synchronization threshold and the benefits and costs of interval subdivision. Journal of Motor Behavior, 35, 355-370.

2002

Chen, Y., Repp, B. H., & Patel, A. D. (2002). Spectral decomposition of variability in synchronization and continuation tapping: Comparisons between auditory and visual pacing and feedback conditions. Human Movement Science, 21, 515-532.

Repp, B. H. (2002a). The embodiment of musical structure: Effects of musical context on sensorimotor synchronization with complex timing patterns. In W. Prinz & B. Hommel (Eds.), Common mechanisms in perception and action: Attention and Performance XIX (pp. 245-265). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. (With electronic Appendix.)

Repp, B. H. (2002b). Automaticity and voluntary control of phase correction following event onset shifts in sensorimotor synchronization. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28, 410-430.

Repp, B. H. (2002c). Phase correction in sensorimotor synchronization: Nonlinearities in voluntary and involuntary responses to perturbations. Human Movement Science, 21, 1-37.

Repp, B. H. (2002d). Phase correction following a perturbation in sensorimotor synchronization depends on sensory information. Journal of Motor Behavior, 34, 291-298.

Repp, B. H. (2002e). Perception of timing is more context sensitive than sensorimotor synchronization. Perception & Psychophysics, 64, 703-716. (With electronic Appendix.)

Repp, B. H., & Penel, A. (2002). Auditory dominance in temporal processing: New evidence from synchronization with simultaneous visual and auditory sequences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28, 1085-1099.

Repp, B. H., Windsor, L., & Desain, P. (2002). Effects of tempo on the timing of simple musical rhythms. Music Perception, 19, 565-593.

2001

Repp, B. H. (2001a). Phase correction, phase resetting, and phase shifts after subliminal timing perturbations in sensorimotor synchronization. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 27, 600-621.

Repp, B. H. (2001b). Effects of music perception and imagery on sensorimotor synchronization with complex timing patterns. In R. J. Zatorre & I. Peretz (Eds.), The biological foundations of music. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 930, pp. 409-411.

Repp, B. H. (2001c). Processes underlying adaptation to tempo changes in sensorimotor synchronization. Human Movement Science, 20, 277-312.

Repp, B. H. (2001d). Expressive timing in the mind's ear. In R.-I. Godøy & H. Jørgensen (Eds.), Elements of musical imagery (pp. 185-200). Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.

2000

Repp, B. H. (2000a). Compensation for subliminal timing perturbations in perceptual-motor synchronization. Psychological Research, 63, 106­128.

Repp, B. H. (2000b). Subliminal temporal discrimination revealed in sensorimotor coordination. In P. Desain & L. Windsor (eds.), Rhythm Perception and Production (pp. 129­142). Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets and Zeitlinger.

Repp, B. H. (2000c). Pattern typicality and dimensional interactions in pianists' imitation of expressive timing and dynamics. Music Perception, 18, 173­211. (Click here to access music examples.)

Repp, B. H. (2000d). The timing implications of musical structures. In D. Greer (ed.), Musicology and sister disciplines: Past, present, and future (pp. 60­70). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

An older paper with music examples

Repp, B. H. (1997a). The aesthetic quality of a quantitatively average music performance: Two preliminary experiments. Music Perception, 14, 419-444. (Click here to access music examples.)

Unpublished manuscripts

(These papers did not make it into print, but there is nothing seriously wrong with them. Download and enjoy!)

Repp, B. H., Brochard, R., Iversen, J., & Poudrier, È. (2011). Metrical accents do not create illusory dynamic accents.

Repp, B. H., Iversen, J. R., & Patel, A. D. (2007). Spatiotemporal meter: Exploiting hierarchical structure in visuomotor synchronization.

Repp, B. H. (2004). Effects of phase perturbations on unimanual and alternating bimanual synchronization with auditory sequences.

Repp, B. H., & Saltzman, E. L. (2002). Influences of metrical structure and grouping on the kinematics of rhythmic finger tapping.

Repp, B. H. (1998). Perception and production of staccato articulation on the piano.

Repp, B. H. (1996). A critical examination of David Epstein's "phase synchrony" theory of rubato.

Powerpoint slides

Repp, B. H. (2013). The phase correction response in sensorimotor synchronization. Presented at the conference "Music and Brains: The Surprising Link", Jerusalem, February 2013.

Repp, B. H. (2010). Research on music perception and action at Haskins Laboratories: A fast-forward review (Or: 25 years in 8 minutes). Presented at the Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG) meeting at Yale University, May 2010.

Repp, B. H., & Keller, P. E. (2006). Effects of divided attention and sensorimotor synchronization on detection of timing perturbations in auditory sequences. Presented at a Symposium in Honor of Mari Riess Jones, Ohio State University, June 2006. (Unpublished research conducted in 2003.)

Translations

Fraisse, P., Oléron, G., & Paillard, J. (1958). On the sensory feedback that permits control of movements accompanying periodic stimuli. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 22, 77-83 (2012).

Fraisse, P. (1966). Anticipation of rhythmic stimuli: Speed of establishment and precision of synchronization. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 22, 84-93 (2012).

Fraisse, P., & Ehrlich, S. (1955). Note on the possibility of syncopating as a function of the tempo of a sequence. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 20, 167-169 (2009).

Fraisse, P., & Voillaume, C. (1971). The subjects’ references in synchronization and pseudo-synchronization. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 20, 170-176 (2009).