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Music Studies (Arts and Culture)

Cognitive and computational musicology

Cognitive and computational 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:

  • How Music Works: Computational and Cognitive Perspectives

Possible electives (to be confirmed):

  • Music Cognition and Computation
  • How Music Works: Music Cognition
  • Mind-blowing Humanities: Arts, Reasoning, and Computations
  • Higher Cognitive Functions
  • Electives in Psychology, Logic and Computation

For more information about the courses, visit the UvA Course Catalogue. If you are interested in Cognitive Musicology, also check out the UvA Music Cognition Group website.

Lecturers and tutors

Prof. H.J. (Henkjan) Honing

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Science

dr. M. (Makiko) Sadakata

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap

dr. J.A. (Ashley) Burgoyne

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap