Category Archives: music cognition

Can listening to music help relieve pain?

In contrast to reports that listening to some kinds of music can be considered torture, Anahad O’Connor reports today in the New York Times about the research Individual differences in the effects of music engagement on responses to painful stimulation, … Continue reading

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Daniel Levitin: Why Music Moves Us

Daniel Levitin tweeted about the interview below, conducted by Steve Paikin.

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Cool stuff

The latest edition of Music Perception is out, and JSTOR is finally including some abstracts instead of just links to the first page of the article.  I’ll be posting the table of contents soon. @DanLevitin tweeted about this article from … Continue reading

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Daniel Levitin at the Library of Congress

In this short talk Daniel Levitin discusses the origins of music, parts of the brain that process music, and the relationship between music and movement. It’s an accessible and enjoyable introduction to Levitin’s book The World in Six Songs. See … Continue reading

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Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening by Henkjan Honing

While there are several great books on music cognition out there (perhaps most notably those by Daniel Levitin), there have been few I’ve enjoyed as much as Honing’s new book. Not only does the author cover some potentially dry material … Continue reading

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Five citations

Since I started using CiteULike on May 2nd, I’ve added 487 citations, most of them related to music cognition. We are unlikely to blog about more than a tiny percentage of these articles, so I’ve decided to post a few … Continue reading

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Co-variation of tonality in the music and speech of different cultures

Authors: Shui’ Er E. Han, Janani Sundararajan, Daniel Liu L. Bowling, Jessica Lake, Dale Purves Publication:  PloS one Publication volume & date:  Vol. 6, No. 5. (27 May 2011) DOI:  10.1371/journal.pone.0020160 Abridged Abstract: Whereas the use of discrete pitch intervals … Continue reading

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