Research
The research of the Music Cognition Group (MCG) has a special focus on the temporal and melodic aspects of music using theoretical, empirical and computational methods. The current research program addresses the following research questions:
  1. Cognition, Biology and the Origins of Musicality (2015-...)
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  2. What is shared (and what unique) in music versus language processing? (NWO-Horizon, 2013-2017)
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  3. What are the music structural and cognitive components that contribute to the memory, recall and transmission of melodies? (NWO-CATCH and KNAW-Tunes & Tales, 2012-2016)
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  4. What are the cognitive mechanisms and neurological correlates of rhythm perception? (UvA-CSCA, 2011-2015)
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  5. What are the cognitive and biological building blocks of musicality? (KNAW-Muller chair and Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship, 2010-2014)
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Current Funding
  • NWO-Horizon Knowledge and Culture | New Methods for the Humanities: Empirical, Computational and Mathematical advances (2013-2017)
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  • NWO-CATCH COGITCH (COgnition Guided Interoperability beTween Collections of musical Heritage) (2012-2015)
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  • KNAW-Computational Humanities Tunes & Tales. Modeling Oral Transmission (2012-2015)
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  • UvA-CSCA The role of neural plasticity in conscious perception (2011-2015)
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  • NIAS/Lorentz Center Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship (2013-2014)
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Past Projects
  • KNAW-Hendrik Muller chair (2010-2013)
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  • EU-COST TIMELY (Network Grant) (2010-2013)
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  • NWO-GW Music matters: On music and the cognitive sciences (2008-2009)
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  • EU FP6-IST Emergent cognition through active perception (EmCAP), a three-year research project in the field of music cognition (2005-2008)
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  • NWO-STW Practice Space: exploration and training of music performance skills (realized at RU, 2005-2009)
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  • NWO-GW Foundations of the Humanities: a cognitive revolution in musicology (2005-2007)
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  • EU FP5-IHP MOSART: European network on music technology (2001-2003)
  • NWO-GW/MAGW Music Mind Machine (MMM) PIONIER project (1997-2003)
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  • NWO-STW Quantization of temporal patterns by neural networks (1997-2001)
  • NWO-SION Disclosure of large musical databases using a metric for temporal patterns (1997-1998)
  • KNAW A formalism for knowledge representation in music (1992-1997)
Projects under review | in preparation
  • NWO/FWO-FGw Music cognition in action: towards a new theoretical foundation (under review)
  • EU-FP7 MoMENT (Modelling Musicality for and through Embodiment, Neuroscience, and Therapy) (in preparation)



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