• Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
  • Director, Laboratory for Infant Studies, UTS
  • Director, Music Cognition Laboratory, UTS


Infant Perceptual-Action Coupling

My research in infant development focuses on perception-action coupling, or how it is infants coordinate motor movement with perceptual, and specifically visual, information.

Adult Music Cognition

Work in adult musical perception focuses on the processes by which adults understand and respond to complex music, and how these same processes might be important in musical performance. This work has focused on the aspects related to the perception of pitch structure in music.


Mangalindan, D. M. J., & Schmuckler, M. A. (2011). What’s in a cue? The role of cue orientation in object displacement tasks. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 407-416

Vuvan, D. T., Prince, J. B., & Schmuckler, M. A. (2011). Probing the minor tonal hierarchy. Music Perception, 28, 461-472.

Jowkar-Baniani, G., & Schmuckler, M. A. (2011). Picture perception in infants: Generalization from two-dimensional to three-dimensional displays. Infancy16, 211-226

Vuvan, D. T., & Schmuckler, M. A. (2011). Tonal hierarchy representations in auditory imagery. Memory & Cognition39, 477-490

Schmuckler, M. A. (2010). Melodic contour similarity using folk melodies. Music Perception28, 169 – 193.

Prince, J. B., Schmuckler, M. A., & Thomspon, W. F. (2009). Cross-modal perception of melodic contours. Canadian Acoustics37, 35 – 49.

Prince, J. B., Schmuckler, M. A., & Thompson, W. F. (2009). The effect of task and pitch structure on pitch-time interactions in music. Memory & Cognition37, 369 – 381.

Prince, J. B., Thompson, W. F., & Schmuckler, M. A. (2009). Pitch and time, tonality and meter: How do musical dimensions combine? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance35, 1598 – 1617.