The Field of Music Cognition

What is Music Cognition?

A field of inquiry can often be conveniently described by listing some of the questions its practitioners hope to answer. The following questions are ones that help to shape the field of music cognition.

Some of the following questions already have answers -- although most of these answers are provisional or incomplete. Some of the questions will not be resolved in the foreseeable future; some questions are in principle unanswerable. Moreover, some of the questions are undoubtedly malformed and wrong-headed.

A list of recommended reading is available for those wanting to learn more about music cognition.


Some questions that motivate music cognition researchers:



Musical Origins and Musical Character



Musical Skill and Musical Intelligence



Musical Pleasure and Preference



Musical Development



Musical Organization



Music and Memory



Music and Emotion



Music Performance and Improvisation



Music's Influences



Music, Brain and Body



Music, Environment and Culture



Modeling Music Cognition



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