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Cross-cultural work in music cognition : challenges, insights, and recommendations.

Jacoby, Nori and Margulis, Elizabeth Hellmuth and Clayton, Martin and Hannon, Erin and Honing, Henkjan and Iversen, John and Klein, Tobias Robert and Mehr, Samuel A. and Pearson, Lara and Peretz, Isabelle and Perlman, Marc and Polak, Rainer and Ravignani, Andrea and Savage, Patrick E. and Steingo, Gavin and Stevens, Catherine J. and Trainor, Laurel and Trehub, Sandra and Veal, Michael and Wald-Fuhrmann, Melanie (2020) 'Cross-cultural work in music cognition : challenges, insights, and recommendations.', Music perception : an interdisciplinary journal., 37 (3). pp. 185-195.


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.”

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Date accepted:15 October 2019
Date deposited:01 September 2020
Date of first online publication:01 February 2020
Date first made open access:01 September 2020

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