Research Profile

Alexander Khalil

Biography

Alexander Khalil is an ethnomusicologist and cognitive scientist specializing in music learning and transmission, musicality in human interaction, and the perception of time. Informed by his long experience as a chanter in the Greek Orthodox tradition, his ethnographic work investigates timing and temporality amongst chanters both at ancient centers of the tradition, such as Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), and in diaspora. Khalil's work in cognitive science connects the ability to synchronize—or co-process time—rhythmically with other cognitive skills such as attention behaviour and so links the practice of music to broader areas of cognition. Khalil received his doctorate in music at the University of California, San Diego in 2009. Upon completing his Ph.D., Khalil joined the department of Cognitive Science at UCSD as a postdoctoral scholar and fellow at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, a National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center. In 2014 he joined the Institute for Neural Computation, also based at UCSD, as a project scientist where he developed methods for EEG recording with multiple people, also known as “hyperscanning”, in ecological environments. 

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'“The Echoing Palimpsest: Singing and the Experience of Time at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople'
Khalil, Alexander K (2019) '“The Echoing Palimpsest: Singing and the Experience of Time at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople' In: Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2019)'“Music, Cognition, and Education.”'
Khalil, Alexander K., Victor Minces, John Iversen, Gabriella Musacchia, Christina Zhao, and Andrea Chiba (2019) '“Music, Cognition, and Education.”' In: The Science of Learning Book. Paris: OECD Publishing. [Details]
(2016)'“The Gamelan Project: teaching, playing with, and learning from American schoolchildren playing Balinese gamelan.”'
Khalil, Alexander K. (2016) '“The Gamelan Project: teaching, playing with, and learning from American schoolchildren playing Balinese gamelan.”' In: Performing Indonesia. Washington, DC: Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution.   [Details]
(2015)'Mindmusic: Playful and Social Installations at the Interface between Music and the Brain'
Mullen, Tim, Alexander Khalil, Tomas Ward, John Iversen, Grace Leslie, Richard Warp, Matt Whitman, et al. (2015) 'Mindmusic: Playful and Social Installations at the Interface between Music and the Brain' In: More Playful User Interfaces. Singapore: Springer. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2013)'Group Rhythmic Synchrony and Attention in Children'
Khalil, Alexander, Victor Minces, Grainne McLoughlin, and Andrea Chiba (2013) 'Group Rhythmic Synchrony and Attention in Children'. Frontiers in psychology, [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2016)8th International Conferenceon Education and New Learning Technologies
Minces, V., Khalil, A., Oved, I., Challen, C., Chiba, A. (2016) Listening to Waves: Using Computer Tools to Learn Science through Making Music 8th International Conferenceon Education and New Learning Technologies [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013Alumnus of the Year San Diego State University Music Department
2016First Place Award IEEE Brain Initiative Brain-computer interface (BCI) hackathon

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Society for Neuroscience Member/
Society for Music Perception and Cognition Member/
New York Academy of Sciences Member/
American Acoustic Society Member/
Society for Ethnomusicology Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)International Orthodox Theological Association Inaugural Conference,
Khalil, Alexander K. (2019) “John Mestakides, Protopsaltis of Jerusalem (and Anaheim)”. [Oral Presentation], International Orthodox Theological Association Inaugural Conference, Iasi, Romania . [Details]
(2018)Society for Ethnomusicology 63rd Annual Meeting,
Khalil, Alexander K. (2018) “Making Voices Count: Why Voice Studies in Ethnomusicology. [Oral Presentation], Society for Ethnomusicology 63rd Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico . [Details]
(2017)South by Southwest.edu (SXSWedu),
Khalil, Alexander K., Gabriella Musacchia, Christina Zhao, and Chiho Feindler (2017) “It’s About Time: Music, Rhythm, and Learning”. [Oral Presentation], South by Southwest.edu (SXSWedu), Austin, Texas . [Details]
(2016)South by Southwest.edu (SXSWedu),
Khalil, Alexander K., Gabriella Musacchia, Alesha Bishop, and Chiho Feindler (2016) “How Music Powers STEAM Education (and the Brain)”. [Oral Presentation], South by Southwest.edu (SXSWedu), Austin, Texas . [Details]
(2015)Society for Ethnomusicology 60th Annual Meeting,
Khalil, Alexander K. (2015) “Echoes of the Distant Past: Reverend Hanna Sakkab and Byzantine Chant in Diaspora”. [Oral Presentation], Society for Ethnomusicology 60th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas . [Details]
(2015)Safeguarding the Musical Traditions of Eastern Christianity,
Khalil, Alexander K. (2015) “Preaching to the Choir: Preservation and Change in Eastern Chant Traditions in Diasporic Communities in America”. [Oral Presentation], Safeguarding the Musical Traditions of Eastern Christianity, Rome, Italy . [Details]
(2012)American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
Khalil, Alexander, K. (2012) “Translating Scientific and Technological Advances from the Laboratory to the Classroom: It’s About Time”. [Oral Presentation], American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver BC, Canada . [Details]
(2011)Biennial International Mind Brain Education Society Conference,
Khalil, Alexander K. (2011) “Time is of the Essence: translational research at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center”. [Oral Presentation], Biennial International Mind Brain Education Society Conference, San Diego, California . [Details]

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