Cognitive musicology

Cognitive musicology is a thriving new field of research that actively responds to the “cognitive revolution” in the humanities and the sciences.  Incorporating methods from psychology, neurobiology and computational science, cognitive musicologists research music as an acoustical, psychological and cognitive phenomenon.


Many courses are offered through the interdisciplinary research Institute of Logic, Language and Computation of the University of Amsterdam. Courses provide an overview of cognitive and computational methods and techniques, exploring the question what cognitive science can say about music, and how the study of music can foster cognitive science.

Core module: An Introduction to Cognitive Musicology

Possible electives (to be confirmed): Musicality; Music and Human Evolution; Music Cognition and Computation; electives in Psychology, Logic and Computation, Cognitive Modelling, etc.

Lecturers and tutors: prof. dr. Henkjan Honing, dr. Makiko Sadakata, dr. Ashley Burgoyne.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

10 December 2015