Barbara Tillmann
CNRS-UMR 5020, Lyon, France

Music cognition refers to the cognitive activities involved in the perception, memory, performance and learning of music. It is one example from the more general domain of auditory cognition. Listeners acquire knowledge about the musical system through mere exposure to musical pieces in everyday life. Research on music cognition aims to understand the nature of listeners’ musical knowledge, its acquisition and the influence of this knowledge on encoding, organizing, remembering and performing musical patterns. 

I.  Introduction

A.      Tonal acculturation

B.       Music and language

C.       Interdisciplinary research on music

II.  Perception and Memory

  1. Pitch
    1. Tones
    2. Chords
    3. Keys
  2. Pitch and Time
  3. Musical structures and global organization
  4. Musical expectations
  5. Contributions from computational models

 III.  Developmental perspectives on musical abilities

 IV.  Musical Performance

 V.   Neural correlates of music cognition

  1. Neuropsychological cases
  2. Neurophysiological approaches

 Bibliography and further readings