Music and Mind
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2350
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Psychology
  • Music
  • Sciences
When we appreciate or produce music, we inevitably engage our experiences of time, movement, sound, emotion, language, attention, memory, and metaphor. This course explores the growing body of interdisciplinary research on how listeners and performers mentally represent music and the processes involved in their experience of it. It also examines, among other topics, how performers coordinate to produce collaborative music and the extent to which audiences have truly shared experiences. This set of topics requires serious attention to new brain science, to methods of psychological research, and understanding the science of sound. It also challenges many core beliefs about how human beings think and act. The course, taught from the perspective of both research psychology and musical performance, is intended for musicians and non-musicians, scientists and non-scientists. Students will be encouraged to design innovative projects that integrate a scientific perspective with musical experience.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.