HST 725
Music Perception and Cognition

Survey of perceptual and cognitive aspects of the psychology of music, with special emphasis on underlying neurocomputational representations and mechanisms. Systematically explores basic dimensions of hearing (pitch, timbre, consonance, loudness) and the time sense (duration, temporal pattern) that form our perception of tonal quality, melody, harmony, meter, and rhythm in music. Examines mechanisms responsible for separation of multiple voices/instruments (polyphony), and for melodic and rhythmic grouping of events (musical phrase structure). Special topics include comparative, evolutionary, and developmental psychology of music; biological vs. cultural influences; Gestaltist, associationist, and schema-based theories; music vs. speech perception; music vs. language cognition; music and cortical function, music therapy, and neural basis of music performance.