Practicing Perfection: Memory and Music Performance

Practicing Perfection: Memory and Music Performance

Tânia Lisboa
Royal College of Music, London, UK
& Roger Chaffin
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut

How do classical musicians perform long programs from memory with note-perfect accuracy? To find out how, we have studied concert soloists as they prepare new works. Experienced performers have a mental map of the piece in mind as they play. The map tells them where they are and what comes next. Landmarks in the map are established during practice by thinking about particular features of the music so that later, during performance, they come to mind automatically. The map allows the soloist to monitor the rapid, automatic actions of playing and adjust to the needs of the moment. We will describe our research and Dr. Lisboa will perform two short works that we are currently studying: Prelude from cello suite No. 1 & Bourree from cello suite No. 3, by J.S. Bach.

Cellist Tânia Lisboa is widely acknowledged as one of Brazil’s foremost musical personalities with an international profile and an extensive range of recordings. She holds a PhD in performance and, in parallel to her solo career, she appears in masterclasses and lectures world-wide. Tânia Lisboa is a member of staff at the Royal College of Music, Center for Performance Science, in London.

Roger Chaffin is a professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut. His longitudinal case studies of experienced musicians provide a new way of understanding the cognitive processes involved in skilled performance.

Tuesday, April 10
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Campus, Library Building, Room 404
1800 Asylum Ave., West Hartford
Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by: University of Connecticut Research Foundation, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center for the Study of Perception and Action (CESPA), Community School of the Arts, Music Department, and Trecker Library

Connecticut Women’s Labor Display at Babbidge Library

In Celebration of National Women’s History Month:
On display at the Babbidge Library from March 20 – April 13, 2012

All in a Day’s Work:
Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry
from the collections of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Worker at the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester, Connecticut, ca. 1925

Worker at the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester, Connecticut, ca. 1925

There will be a gallery walk led by Laura Smith, Labor Curator and co-creator of this exhibit, on Wednesday, March 28, at noon.

The display is viewable all hours the library is open.

Monday – Thursday : 07:30 AM – 02:00 AM
Friday : 07:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday : 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday : 10:00 AM – 02:00 AM

Old Library/New Learning Commons

The Jeremy Richard Library at the UConn Stamford campus got a massive makeover last year.  We removed books (that are online or out of date) from our main floor to make way for our new computer lab, writing/tutoring center, new study tables in various configurations, media scapes, shared monitors, a quiet reading room, and lots of new comfy reading spaces supplied with electrical outlets. Image

Our goal is to bring together in an inviting, collaborative learning space, a place where students will have the tools and academic support services that enable them to research, produce and finalize their academic work assignments.

Center of Research Libraries’ Services available to UConn Faculty

The Center of Research Libraries (CRL) is “an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

UConn is a member institution, and therefore UConn (faculty, staff, and students) can borrow from the vast library of materials available at CRL for your research.

The collections at CRL, cover a wide variety of topics, regions, time periods and formats such as microfilms, monographs and digital formats. For example, you can access archival collections from United States, United Kingdom and even Cambodia. In addition, dissertations, monographs and newspapers collection covering most regions in the world (Latin America, Asia, Africa, etc…) are available for Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

CRL offers the following services to CRL institutional members:

  • Hard Copy and Microform Loans (books, microfilms)
  • Document Delivery through your Interlibrary Loan Department
  • Digital Delivery of microfilms and other materials when available
  • When available digital collections are available for immediate viewing

To learn more about all these services, visit,

Search the CRL catalog at and gather the appropriate bibliographic information to make your interlibrary loan request.

Open ILLiad (





and select the form from the New Request box on the left of the screen.

For microfilm request, contact directly the DD-ILL office at

For more information about DD-ILL policies and guidelines, please visit the DD-ILL FAQ at:

Marisol Ramos

Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish and Anthropology

New Books for Social Psychology- Intergroup Relations

How does disharmony occur between groups? This question is addressed in Intergroup Misunderstandings: Impact of Divergent and Social Realities. The books’ editors are Stéphanie Demoulin and Jacques-Philippe Leyens of Catholic University of Louvain, and John Dovidio of Yale University (formerly of UConn). These editors bring together a collection which looks at this problem from the dual perspectives of groups of unequal status, such as the majority/minority or the stigmatized/stigmatizers. The book makes the central argument that groups in opposition misunderstand one another because they operate within different social realities, interact with incompatible goals, and use competing strategies to pursue those goals. UConn Professor Felicia Pratto, who studies social dominance and intergroup relations, contributes to chapter 12’s “Talking about Power: Group Power and the Desired Content of Intergroup Interactions”.

When Groups Meet: The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact describes a meta-analysis of 515 research studies that examine the relationship between prejudice and intergroup interaction. The authors, Thomas Pettigrew of the University of California Santa Cruz, and Linda Tropp of University of Massachusetts Amherst, find that increased contact between groups general reduces prejudice, supporting intergroup contact theory.


Both of these books are available for checkout at Babbidge Library. Click on the links for the call numbers or to request these books.

GIS Bibliography

The use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has exploded in the social sciences. The technology enables geographers, demographers, sociologists, and everyone else to crunch any data with a spatial component. The literature on GIS is also expanding. The following is a review of an extensive, and free, internet based GIS bibliography. Many thanks to CHOICE for permission to reproduce this review.

Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.

GIS Bibliography, from ESRI. Internet Resource. Reviewed in 2011may CHOICE.

[Visited Feb’11] This site is a free, openly accessible index to over 100,000 journal and magazine articles, books and book sections, conference presentations/publications, and theses related to geographic information systems (GIS) and GIS technology. It covers materials from the earliest uses of computers to analyze geographic information in the 1940s to the present. It is based on the GIS Master Bibliography Project, which was started in 1991 by Duane Marble while he was a professor at Ohio State University. Since 1999, ESRI Inc., a leading GIS technology company, has developed, maintained, and made available for free the GIS Bibliography. This resource is not as sophisticated as commercial databases. Search capabilities are limited. Basic searches can be done for terms in the full record, as phrases or title, and using the Boolean operators AND and NOT. Advanced search options include searching for one or more terms in all fields, title, author, keywords, or abstract; phrase searches; limiting by publication type; and identifying published articles or full-text publications. Users may also browse the GIS Bibliography for books on a particular topic or articles in a specific journal issue. Those with free ESRI global accounts can mark references to save in a personal bibliography or send them to their e-mail address in Refer format.
Other indexes contain citations to GIS literature, including Elsevier’s GEOBASE (some 57,000 items) and Compendex (some 49,000 items) (CH, Nov’05, 43-1299), and Inspec (some 42,000 items) These indexes include articles from foreign-language journals that are not indexed in the GIS Bibliography. Though not comprehensive, the GIS Bibliography is an important source that should be used in community college and academic libraries supporting GIS programs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, graduate students, researchers, and professionals. — L. R. Zellmer, Western Illinois University

Hispanic Heritage Month at the UCONN School of Social Work

The UCONN School of Social Work kicked off the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) on September 14th with a presentation at the School by students who participated in a recent travel study program to Vieques and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The course, Social Work Practice in Puerto Rico: Culture, Politics and Human Rights, included meetings with leaders of grassroots movements on the Island of Vieques; visits to social service agencies; discussions with Social Work faculty and students at the University of Puerto Rico; and tours of cultural and historical sites.

The presentation today also served as the opening event of this fall’s Latin@Educational Series, sponsored by the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) and the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). The following programs will be presented: Latin@ Immigration and Migration: Realties and Myths (October 25, 2011); On Being LatinA (November 1, 2011); Health Disparities and Latin@s: Micro & Macro Perspectives (November 8, 2011); and Coming Out, The Never Ending Process: Panel Presentation by LGBT Latin@s (November 15, 2011).

The programs will be held at the School of Social Work from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the dates noted. They are free and open to the public.

Jan Lambert, Social Work Librarian

New WRDS databases!

Recently acquired new WRDS databases from the UConn School of Business include:

ExecuComp – provides compensation history for U.S. directors and current compensation for executives for companies within the S&P 1500. Includes over 80 different compensation related data items, coverage of each company’s top 5 executive officers, Over 35 measures of company financial performance, comparable data across companies & industries, and companies contained in the S&P 500, S&P 400 MidCap and S&P SmallCap 600 indexes.
RiskMetrics – this dataset includes details on the structures and practices of boards of directors at S&P 500, S&P Midcap, and S&P Smallcap firms. WRDS keeps 1996-2006 old IRRC-methodology data in the Legacy file.
comScore – tracks web browsing behavior. Offers web visitation and transaction behavior data based on a random sample from more than 2 million Internet users. Includes panelist-level browsing and buying behavior from tens of thousands of web users.

Still to come – CRSP/Compustat Merged Database and CRSP Indices

Access databases from

US Credit Rating Downgrade

US National DebtWhile markets swoon and political bickering continues over downgrade of American debt, the Christian Science Monitor reports that at least 3 other rating agencies had already downgraded US before S&P’s latest drop from AAA to AA+. Top foreign holders of US debt include China, Japan, and United Kingdom.

According to this article on MSNBC website, countries that still have an S&P triple A rating include Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Japan lost its AAA rating in the late 1990s. It was further downgraded earlier this year. Other countries to lose their triple A rating in recent years include Ireland, Italy, and Spain.

CNNMoney points out the irony that there are currently four U.S. companies: Automatic Data Processing, Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft that have a better credit rating than US. All four are non-financial firms and that according to S&P, “insulates them from the impact of the U.S. downgrade, which has little effect on the companies’ ability to make good on their debts.” The article reports that, “decades ago, there was a lot more AAA to go around. In 1983, there were a record 32 non-financial companies rated AAA. But a stumbling economy, an increasingly globalized market, and lots of mergers and acquisitions have made AAA a true rarity.”

2011 Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights

Please join us for the 2011 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights.

“International Justice, Transitional Justice: What Have We Learned about What ‘Works’?”
Diane Orentlicher
Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State
Thursday, April 21 4:00 PM
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center

Diane F. Orentlicher is serving as Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, in the Department of State while on leave from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she is a Professor of International Law. She has served in her current position, on appointment by Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, since October, 2009. The Office of War Crimes Issues advises the Secretary of State and formulates U.S. policy responses to atrocities committed in areas of conflict and elsewhere throughout the world.

Described by the Washington Diplomat as “one of the world’s leading authorities on human rights law and war crimes tribunals,” Professor Orentlicher has previously served in various public positions, including Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Professor Orentlicher is also co-director (on leave) of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University. From 1995 to 2004, she served as founding director of the law school’s War Crimes Research Office, which provides legal assistance to international criminal tribunals and courts established jointly by the United Nations and national governments. Professor Orentlicher has presented congressional testimony on a range of issues of international criminal law, including U.S. legislation on genocide.