Ashley, R., Hannon, E., Honing, H., Large, E., Palmer.C., & Hutchins, S. (2006). Music and Cognition: What cognitive science can learn from music cognition. Proceedings of the XXVIII Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci2006), 2655. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Like language, music is a uniquely human capacity that arguably played a central role in the origins of human cognition. The ways in which music can illuminate fundamental issues in cognition have been underexamined, or even dismissed as epiphenomenal. This symposium highlights cognition in music, especially as related to language, as enlarging our understanding of cognition as a whole, contributing conceptually and methodologically to cognitive science, and showing the advantages of taking music as a strong partner in studying human cognitive functioning in all its facets.

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