Tudor Popescu

Tudor Popescu
University of Vienna | UniWien · Department of Cognitive Biology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Cross-disciplinary researcher primarily interested in music cognition. Approaches and methods from cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, music theory, linguistics, data science, and statistics.
Additional affiliations
March 2018 - August 2020
University of Vienna
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Tecumseh Fitch's group at the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna, in collaboration with Prof. Roland Beisteiner of the Medical University of Vienna.
February 2015 - October 2017
Technische Universität Dresden
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Dresden Music Cognition Lab
October 2010 - October 2014
University of Oxford
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
October 2010 - July 2015
University of Oxford
Field of study
  • Experimental psychology

Publications

Publications (23)
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Proficiency in arithmetic learning can be achieved by using a multitude of strategies, the most salient of which are procedural learning (applying a certain set of computations) and rote learning (direct retrieval from long-term memory). Here we investigated the effect of transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS), a non-invasive brain stimulatio...
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One of the most immediate and overt ways in which people respond to music is by moving their bodies to the beat. However, the extent to which the rhythmic complexity of groove-specifically its syncopation-contributes to how people spontaneously move to music is largely unexplored. Here, we measured free movements in hand and torso while participant...
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Studies in several domains of expertise have established that experience-dependent plasticity brings about both functional and anatomical changes. However, little is known about how such changes come to shape the brain in the case of expertise acquired by professional mathematicians. Here, we aimed to identify cognitive and brain-structural (grey a...
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Western musical styles use a large variety of chords and vertical sonorities. Based on objective acoustical properties, chords can be situated on a dissonant-consonant continuum. While this might to some extent converge with the unpleasant-pleasant continuum, subjective liking might diverge for various chord forms from music across different styles...
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Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) is a prominent rehabilitation program for individuals with post-stroke aphasia. Our meta-analysis investigated the efficacy of MIT while considering quality of outcomes, experimental design, influence of spontaneous recovery, MIT protocol variant, and level of generalization. Extensive literature search identified 6...
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Background: Music has come about through a series of biological adaptations, modified by cultural transmission. Cultures propagate through both copying and error-prone recreation with innovation. These mechanisms allow high macro-cultural stability despite low micro-cultural fidelity, and might explain the existence of universals. Discretised pitch...
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Chords and relations among them ("harmonic syntax") mediate expectations driving both music listening and musi-cal imagery, the ability to "hear" music in our minds. Harmonic function, a chord’s standing within a key, modulates expectation along an unfolding piece. The role played by harmonic function during music listening is well under-stood; les...
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Introduction: Ultrasound for the brain is a revolutionary therapeutic concept. The first clinical data indicate that 2-4 weeks of therapy with transcranial pulse stimulation (TPS) improve functional networks and cognitive performance of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients for up to 3 months. No data currently exist on possible benefits concerning br...
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How are listeners able to follow and enjoy complex pieces of music? Several theoretical frameworks suggest links between the process of listening and the formal structure of music, involving a division of the musical surface into structural units at multiple hierarchical levels. Whether boundaries between structural units are perceivable to listene...
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INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound for the brain is a revolutionary therapeutic concept. The first clinical data indicate that 2-4 weeks of therapy with Transcranial Pulse Stimulation improve functional networks and cognitive performance of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients for up to 3 months. No data currently exist on possible benefits concerning brain mor...
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Hierarchical structures are rapidly and flexibly built up in the domains of human language and music. These domains require a tree-building capacity – “ dendrophilia ” – to dynamically infer hierarchical structures from sensory input (or to hierarchically structure output), based on subunits stored in a lexicon. This dynamic process involves a cruc...
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Noninvasive brain stimulation has shown considerable promise for enhancing cognitive functions by the long-term manipulation of neuroplasticity [1-3]. However, the observation of such improvements has been focused at the behavioral level, and enhancements largely restricted to the performance of basic tasks. Here, we investigate whether transcrania...
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Synesthesia is an unusual condition characterized by the over-binding of two or more features and the concomitant automatic and conscious experience of atypical, ancillary images or perceptions. Previous research suggests that synesthetes display enhanced modality-specific perceptual processing, but it remains unclear whether enhanced processing co...
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How numerical representation is encoded in the adult human brain is important for a basic understanding of human brain organization, its typical and atypical development, its evolutionary precursors, cognitive architectures, education, and rehabilitation. Previous studies have shown that numerical processing activates the same intraparietal regions...

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