Spring 2024

Music Cognition

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-366


Matthew Schulkind (Section 01)


Current theories of cognitive psychology will be evaluated in light of what is known about the effects of musical stimuli on learning, memory, and emotion. The course will begin by examining how musical information is stored and, subsequently, retrieved from memory. Particular attention will be paid to comparing learning and memory of musical and non-musical stimuli. The course will also compare the behavior of trained and untrained musicians to determine how expertise influences cognitive performance. Finally, the course will consider the ability of music to elicit emotional responses and the psychological basis for its use in applied settings.

Requisite: PSYC 233. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Schulkind.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to Psychology majors according to class seniority, then to other students also by class seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve weekly readings of a handful of journal articles and a short weekly written response to the reading assignments. Most of the class will be discussion-oriented, so frequent speaking will be required both in small groups and in the class as a whole. There will be a semester-long term paper that will be completed in sections across the semester, culminating in an oral presentation made to the class.

PSYC 366 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SCCE A331
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SCCE A331


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2017, Fall 2019, Spring 2024