Spring 2017

Music Cognition

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-366

Formerly listed as: PSYC-66


Matthew Schulkind (Section 01)


Current theories of cognitive psychology will be evaluated in light of what is known about the effects of musical stimuli on learning, memory, and emotion. The course will begin by examining how musical information is stored and, subsequently, retrieved from memory. Particular attention will be paid to comparing learning and memory of musical and non-musical stimuli. The course will also compare the behavior of trained and untrained musicians to determine how expertise influences cognitive performance. Finally, the course will consider the ability of music to elicit emotional responses and the psychological basis for its use in applied settings.

Requisite: PSYC 233 or 234. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Schulkind.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to Psychology majors according to class seniority, then to other students also by class seniority.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2017, Fall 2019