Methods in Neuromusicology: Principles, Trends, Examples and the Pros and Cons

  • Christiane NeuhausEmail author
Part of the Current Research in Systematic Musicology book series (CRSM, volume 4)


Neuromusicology, also known as the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music, is a modern discipline devoted to the measurement of real-time processes in the human brain while perceiving and producing sound. Research topics range from acoustic feature processing and listening to melodies to composition and music performance. Before designing an experiment, researchers might find it helpful to be informed about the efficiency of methods and their pros and cons. The chapter at hand gives an overview of several methods used in the neurosciences with a special emphasis on their principles, constraints and fields of application. The focus is on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), electroencephalography (EEG) and on event-related potentials (ERP). The reader will also become acquainted with trends and recent developments towards whole-brain analyses and real life studies based on the idea to improve ecological validity.


Positron Emission Tomography Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Auditory Cortex Mismatch Negativity Gradient Coil 
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  1. 1.Institute of Systematic Musicology, University of HamburgHamburgGermany

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