Welcome to the Curtis Lab
We are dedicated to investigating a wide array of topics in human auditory perception and cognition. Our research addresses the processing of music and language, as well as general auditory perceptual mechanisms. Topics of interest include the communication of emotion through speech and music, the use of music for emotional regulation, the use of music in therapeutic interventions, the influence of acculturation on musical behaviors and perception, the influence of the auditory environment on attention, and the evolution of music.
We are not only a research lab; we are a teaching lab, as are all labs at Purchase College. Undergraduates in the lab conduct independent research projects under the guidance of Dr. Meagan Curtis. Students in the Psychology Program at Purchase College often present at professional conferences and co-author research publications. Graduates of our program often go on to earn a Ph.D. in psychology.
Principal investigator: Meagan Curtis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
School of Natural and Social Sciences
Purchase College, SUNY
WAMC's Academic Minute: Emotional Communication and Music
(Award winning segment)
WPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge:
Why Do We Love Sad Songs?
Chicago Tribune: The mind on music
The Wall Street Journal & Live Mint:
On a sad note
The Sounds of Cinematic Suspense
Music and speech share a code for communicating sadness in the minor third
The Guardian (UK):
Why are minor keys in music sad?