Cross-Cultural Work in Music Cognition Academic Article uri icon

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  • Many foundational questions in the psychology of music require cross-cultural approaches, yet the vast majority of work in the field to date has been conducted with Western participants and Western music. For cross-cultural research to thrive, it will require collaboration between people from different disciplinary backgrounds, as well as strategies for overcoming differences in assumptions, methods, and terminology. This position paper surveys the current state of the field and offers a number of concrete recommendations focused on issues involving ethics, empirical methods, and definitions of “music” and “culture.”


  • Jacoby, Nori
  • Margulis, Elizabeth Hellmuth
  • Clayton, Martin
  • Hannon, Erin
  • Honing, Henkjan
  • Iversen, John
  • Klein, Tobias Robert
  • Mehr, Samuel A
  • Pearson, Lara
  • Peretz, Isabelle
  • Perlman, Marc
  • Polak, Rainer
  • Ravignani, Andrea
  • Savage, Patrick E
  • Steingo, Gavin
  • Stevens, Catherine J
  • Trainor, Laurel
  • Trehub, Sandra
  • Veal, Michael
  • Wald-Fuhrmann, Melanie

publication date

  • February 1, 2020