Research at the Music Cognition Lab seeks to understand the way in which human listeners and performers perceive and appreciate music. This research spans a wide range of psychological domains, from low-level processes such as auditory stream segregation to high-level musical experiences such as aesthetic appreciation. The group makes use of a wide range of research paradigms, including computational modelling, neuroimaging, and cognitive psychology.

The Music Cognition Lab is part of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM), and the Cognitive Science (CogSci) Research Group, all institutions of Queen Mary University of London. The lab is led by Marcus Pearce.

Recent News

  • 2024-01-25: Congratulations to Tom Kaplan on passing his viva today! His thesis is entitled: Probabilistic Models of Rhythmic Expectation & Synchronisation.
  • 2023-12-18: New paper in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B by Vincent Cheung, Peter Harrison, Stefan Koelsch, Marcus Pearce, Angela Friederici and Lars Meyer: Cognitive and sensory expectations independently shape musical expectancy and pleasure.
  • 2023-12-13: Edward Hall is awarded his PhD and will be starting a Postdoc at EPFL with Martin Rohrmeier in January. Congratulations Edward!
  • 2023-11-24: Tom Kaplan has submitted his thesis entitled: Probabilistic Models of Rhythmic Expectation & Synchronisation.
  • 2023-11-16: New paper in Current Research in Neurobiology by Roberta Bianco, Edward Hall, Marcus Pearce and Maria Chait: Implicit auditory memory in older listeners: From encoding to 6-month retention.
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