The Music Cognition Group (MCG) is part of the Department of Musicology, the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC) Center of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and is housed at Science Park Amsterdam (SP).

MCG applies interdisciplinary perspectives on the capacity to perceive, make, and appreciate music. And asks: what music is for and why every human culture has it; whether musicality is a uniquely human capacity; and what biological and cognitive mechanisms underlie it.

The current research program aims to identify the basic neurocognitive mechanisms that constitute the cognitive and biological basis of musicality, as well as developing theoretical, computational and empirical methods for analyzing various musicality phenotypes.

This website (online since 1994) contains next to information about the research, various sound examples, videos, online experiments and demonstrations in the field of music cognition.


Updated: 21 November 2021
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YouTube playlist: media clippings related to the Music Cognition Group.