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Justin London

Justin London

Education & Professional History

University of Cincinnati, BMus, MMus; University of Pennsylvania, PhD.

At Carleton since 1989.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Research Affiliate, Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge

Fulbright Professor, University of Jyväskylä (2014)

Visiting Professor of Musicology, University of Oslo (2016)

Society for Music Perception and Cognition, President (2017-18)

Society for Music Theory, President (2007-09)

American Society for Aesthetics

Acoustical Society of America

American Musicological Society

European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music 


As Listed on Department Faculty Pages


JUSTIN LONDON (Music Theory, Music Psychology, Aesthetics, American Popular Music History) received the B.M. in Classical Guitar and the M.M. in Music Theory from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the theory and psychology of musical rhythm, language-music relationships, and musical aesthetics. He is currently pursuing research on the microtimings of African rhythm performance with Rainer Polak (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln), motion capture and cross-modal perception of musical tempo with Petri Toiviainen (The University of Jyväskylä, Finland), and on the use and meaning of pauses in speech and music with Ian Cross and Sarah Hawkins (The University of Cambridge). He served as President of the Society for Music Theory (2007-2009) and was a Fulbright Professor at The University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2014). 

Cognitive Science

Professor London's primary research area is in the perception and cognition of musical rhythm, specifically the perceptual "speed limits" for rhythmic patterns, musical meter and its relationship to sensorimotor entrainment, and the factors that influence our perception of tempo.  He is an affiliated researcher with the Centre for Music and Science at the University of Cambridge, where he pursues joint research with Ian Cross and Sarah Hawkins, and he is currently involved in the study of microtiming in African Drumming with Rainer Polak (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln). His book Hearing in Time (2nd Edition 2012) is a cross-cultural study of the psychological aspects of musical meter.

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Profile updated February 21, 2016

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