Musical Knowledge Project

Why is it that we like some music better than other music? Why is it that we like some music, but others don’t? Just like with so many other phenomena there are two conflicting theories that try to answer these questions. One posits that it is something inherent to the music itself that makes us like it; the other theory states that it is the music that we know which we like the most. The latter makes the assumption that everyone of us walks around with musical knowledge. Our studies want to explore how we can gain this musical knowledge and how musical knowledge changes the way we think about and listen to music.

Related Publications

Cui, A. X., Collett, M. J., Troje, N. F., & Cuddy, L. L. (2015). Familiarity and preference for pitch probability profiles. Cognitive processing, 16(2), 211-218. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-015-0651-7

Lantz, M. E., Kim, J. K., & Cuddy, L. L. (2014). Perception of a tonal hierarchy derived from Korean music. Psychology of Music, 42(4), 580-598. DOI: 10.1177/0305735613483847