Joseph Scott German

Joseph Scott GermanI am currently a PhD student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department of the University of Rochester. I graduated from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Master of Music degrees in Musicology (focusing on music cognition) and Viola Performance. I also have a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, with a minor concentration in courses in neuroscience and cognition from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of the Homewood campus. My research experience includes work on behavioral studies as a student research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience lab of Dr. Michael McCloskey and thesis work on computational modeling of object recognition, as well as research practicums in psychophysics and neuroimaging.



My current CV (PDF)


  • Chaisilprungraung, T., German, J., & McCloskey, M. (2019). How are object shape axes defined? Evidence from mirror- image confusions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(1), 111.
  • German, J. S., & Jacobs, R. A. (2020). Can machine learning account for human visual object shape similarity judgments? Vision research, 167, 87-99.
  • German, J. S., Cui, G., Xu, C., & Jacobs, R. A. (2021). Rapid runtime learning by curating small datasets of high-quality items obtained from memory. (Submitted for initial review.)


  • Chaisilprungraung, T., German, J., & McCloskey, M. (2017, May). Principal axes of real-world objects: evidence from orientation reflection errors. Poster session presented at the annual conference of the Visual Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • German, J.S., & Jacobs, R.A. (2019, July). Human visual object similarity judgments are viewpoint-invariant and part-based as revealed via metric learning. Poster session presented at the 41st annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Montreal, QC.
  • German, J. S., Cui, G., Xu, C., & Jacobs, R. A. (2021). Rapid runtime learGerman, J.S., & Jacobs, R.A. (2020, July). Modeling human cognitive flexibility with extemporaneous networks. Poster session presented at the 42nd annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Toronto, ON.

Music Cognition

My extensive experience performing 21st century music has given me a unique perspective on how the brain perceives music. Experimental pieces such as “Labyrinth” by David Dzubay and “As a Spell Against Falling Objects (or how I Learned to Love Gravity)” by Jeremy Podgursky focus on exploring mental states of mind. These experiences reinforced my interest in music cognition and cognition in general.

Research Papers

Research Experience


Some of the orchestras I have played with are the Peabody Concert Orchestra, the Peabody Modern Orchestra, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Camerata, and the Occasional Symphony. The various orchestras I have played in over the years have afforded me the opportunity to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Meyerhoff, Lisner Auditorium, and the Lyric Opera under conductors such as Marin Alsop, Leon Fleischer, and Martin West, among many others. I have also played in many chamber concerts, master classes, and summer festivals. The following images are from some of these events.

Joseph German (top left) at the Orchestra Institute at Napa Valley Summer 2013

The Napa Valley Orchestra

Working with Heidi Castleman in the Centre Street Performance Space on April 17, 2016

The Occasional Symphony Halloween Concerts

July 2014 Performance of the Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major at Thorpewood Farm

The Occasional Symphony 2013 Halloween concert - original composition by James Young is part of the accompaniment we played to the silent movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

As a capstone of my musical experiences, in October 2015, we worked with Maestro Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, to record a professional CD of Kevin Puts works for the Naxos label. This video clip is just one of the works we performed. You can buy the Kevin Puts CD at Amazon.

Contact Information

Call me at 410-294-6850 | E-Mail to my gmail account: german dot joseph

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