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David Temperley is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and the author of The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures (2001).
His primary research area is music cognition. Temperley is interested in the way humans perceive, process, and mentally represent music, and the possibility of gaining insight into these issues through computational modeling. He is also interested in the overlap between music cognition and music theory (rhythm and meter, tonality and key, popular music). He has a strong secondary interest in language research: parsing, sentence production / comprehension, and corpus research.