Dr. Mari Jones

Emeritus Professor, Cognitive
Emeritus Faculty

B.A., Rutgers University

For over twenty years I have been involved in theory and research concerned with dynamic aspects of attending, perceiving and memory. I have developed new theoretical approaches that place a fundamental emphasis on the role of time (rhythm, tempo, phasing) on psychological processes. My recent work involves formulation about attention oscillations, using dynamical systems constructs. We have tested these models by assessing people's ability to make fine time discriminations in various sorts of acoustical and musical patterns. I have also studied effects of rhythm on attention and memory for simple auditory events, including musical patterns. In conjunction with colleagues in other Cognitive Science disciplines (e.g. Computer and Information Sciences), I maintain active interests in oscillator models of attention.

Selected Publicaitons

Jones, M.R. and Boltz, M. (1989). Dynamic attending and responses to time. Psychological Review, 96, 459-491.

Jones, M.R. (1990). Musical events and models of musical time. In R. Block (Ed.), Cognitive models of psychological time. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Jones, M.R. (1991). Attending to musical events. In M.R. Jones & H.Holleran (Eds.), Cognitive bases of musical communication. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Jones, M.R., & Yee, W. (1993). Attending to auditory events: The role of temporal organization. In S. McAdams & E. Brigand (Eds.,) Cognitive aspects of human audition. Oxford University Press.

Jones, M.R., & Skelly, J. (1993). The role of event time in attending. Time and Society. 2, 107-128.

Jones, M.R., Boltz, M., & Klein, J. (1993). Duration judgments and expected endings. Memory and Cognition, 21, 646-665.

Large, E. W., & Jones, M. R. (1999) The Dynamics of Attending: How we track time-varying events, Psychological Review, 106, 119-159.

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