Advanced Music Cognition

Written approval of course chair
Electable by: 
All graduate students
Required of: 
None; elective course in all graduate programs
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Boston Campus
Courses may not be offered at the listed location(s) each semester. Consult for specific term availability.

This course presents current research findings in the psychology of music cognition. Music processing in the human brain is studied including topics such as: neural architecture, sensory processing, learning, memory, development, categorization, communication, emotion, performance, and expertise. Research findings will be considered from the perspectives of psychology, neuroscience, and music theory. A running theme is the influence of culture, musical training, cognitive capacity, and personality on auditory processing in the central nervous system. Students who successfully complete Advanced Music Cognition will be capable of applying evidence-based reasoning to research findings and disseminating that reasoning in an oral presentation. Students will conduct literature searches, suggest hypotheses based on current knowledge, and outline experimental methods for addressing outstanding questions. This course will bring new insight to music professionals (e.g., educators, therapists, entrepreneurs, composers, and producers) seeking to understand music as an information-carrying stimulus and will prepare science majors for more advanced studies in psychology.

Course chair: 
Camille Colatosti
Taught By