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Centre for Music and Science



Born in Santiago, Chile, Juan Pablo studied music theory and piano performance under the guidance of Professor Constanza Rosas, obtaining a diploma from the Music Institute of Pontificia Universidad católica de Chile. In 2012 he also completed a BA in Psychology with a Psychotherapy Minor at the same university.
From 2010 to 2014 he worked at the Language, Interaction and Phenomelogy Laboratory (LIF) as research assistant of Professor Carlos Cornejo. In 2014 Juan Pablo was invited to join the Chilean National Foundation for Child and Juvenile Orchestras (FOJI) as a representer of the music cognition field. The same year he was awarded a Santander Cambridge Scholarship and completed an MPhil in Music Studies at the Center for Music and Science (CMS) under the supervision of Professors Ian Cross and Sarah Hawkins. He is currently a PhD student at the CMS, jointly founded by The Cambridge Trusts and the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT).
As a musician, Juan Pablo is an active member of the Wolfson College, where he has been appointed President of the Wolfson College Music Society. He regularly accompanies the College Choir, performs both as a soloist and as part of chamber ensembles, and organizes the Lunchtime Concert series.
Starting from the position that the psychological impact of music is intimately related to the human-specific use of sound in general - and to basic oral communication in particular - Juan Pablo's research draws upon the fields of communication theory, phonetics, psychology and music cognition. His research interests are centered upon interaction and nonverbal forms of human oral communication, and their role in the dialogical development of subjectivity and bonding. Juan Pablo has lately been studying interpersonal pitch patterns of human vocal production on interactional basis by way of sound analyses traditionally labeled as ‘musical’.


Key publications: 

Robledo, J. P., Hurtado, E., Prado, F., Román, D., & Cornejo, C. (2016). Music intervals in speech: Psychological disposition modulates ratio precision among interlocutors’ nonlocal f0 production in real-time dyadic conversation. Psychology of Music, 44(6), 1404–1418.

Robledo Del Canto, J. P., Hawkins, S., Cross, I., & Ogden, R. (2016). Pitch-interval analysis periodic and aperiodic Question+Answer pairs. Paper presented at Speech Prosody 2016, Boston [available from]

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