Dr. Large's research areas include nonlinear dynamical systems, auditory neuroscience, and music psychology. He uses theoretical modeling in conjunction with behavioral, neurophysiological and neuroimaging techniques to understand how people respond to complex, temporally structured sequences such as music and speech. He and his colleagues have pioneered the idea that attention is a dynamic, and inherently rhythmic process. He has applied these ideas to explain the rhythmic structure of music, and its interaction with brain dynamics. His current research projects include auditory pattern recognition and learning, perception of tonality in music, auditory brainstem neurodynamics, cortical dynamics of attention, perception of rhythm in music and speech, rhythmic interactions in nonhuman primates, emotional communication in music and the neural basis of song.


Fujioka, T., Trainor, L. J., Large, E. W. & Ross, B. (2012). Internalized timing of isochronous sounds is represented in neuromagnetic beta oscillations. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 1791-1802.

Large, E. W. & Almonte, F. (2012). Brainstem neurodynamics: Implications for the perception of tonality in music. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252, (E) 1-7.

Loehr, J., Large, E. W. & Palmer, C. (2011). Temporal coordination in music performance: Adaptation to tempo change. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37 (4), 1292–1309.

Chapin, H., Jantzen, K. J., Kelso, J. A. S., Steinberg, F. & Large, E. W. (2010). Chapin, H., Jantzen, K. J., Kelso, J. A. S., Steinberg, F. & Large, E. W. (2010). Dynamic Emotional and Neural Responses to Music Depend on Performance Expression and Listener Experience. PLoS ONE, 5 (12), e13812.

Large, E. W., Almonte, F. & Velasco, M. (2010). A canonical model for gradient frequency neural networks. Physica D, 239, 905-911.

Large, E. W. (2010). Neurodynamics of music. In M. Riess Jones, R. R. Fay & A. N. Popper (Eds.), Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Vol. 36: Music Perception (pp. 201-231). New York: Springer.

Some Recent Publications

Dr. Large received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1994, and he did his postdoctoral work at University of Pennsylvania. He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience and Music Perception, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. He has served on the board of the Fulbright Association of South Florida. He is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner, and he was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Chair in the Science and Technology of Music at McGill University in 2006. Dr. Large was named FAU Researcher of the Year in 2008. He is also the founder of Circular Logic, LLC, a technology company based in Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Large was recently elected President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. He will serve a President-Elect in 2013, and President in 2014-2015.

Short Biography

Edward W. Large, Ph.D.
Complex Systems & Brain Sciences
Department of Psychology

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