Music is incredibly pervasive in modern human life!

How and why do we experience music the way that we do? One of the best ways to answer this question is to study and compare listeners of different ages to uncover what they know about music, when they know it, and how they learn it.

Our lab examines how human knowledge of music is shaped by the innate structure of the auditory system, by our culture-specific listening experiences, our participation in musical activities (such as dancing and singing), and by the knowledge we simultaneously acquire in other domains such as language.

By studying how infants, children, and adults respond to and understand music, we want to answer these fundamental questions about our musical nature.

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Development Topics

  • Auditory Perception & Music Cognition
  • Parallels Between Music and Language
  • Intermodal Perception of Music
  • Music and Social Preferences
  • Cognitive Development