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Cross-Cultural Work in Music Cognition. Challenges, Insights, and Recommendations

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

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Nori Jacoby

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Erin Hannon

Henkjan Honing

John Iversen

Tobias Robert Klein

Samuel A. Mehr

Lara Pearson

Isabelle Peretz

Marc Perlman

Rainer Polak

Andrea Ravignani

Patrick E. Savage

Gavin Steingo

Catherine J. Stevens

Laurel Trainor

Sandra Trehub

Michael Veal

Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann


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, N., Margulis, E. H., Clayton, M., Hannon, E., Honing, H., Iversen, J., …Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2020). Cross-Cultural Work in Music Cognition. Challenges, Insights, and Recommendations. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 37(3), 185-195.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 15, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 1, 2020
Publication Date 2020-05
Deposit Date Mar 16, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 1, 2020
Journal Music Perception
Print ISSN 0730-7829
Electronic ISSN 1533-8312
Publisher University of California Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 3
Pages 185-195


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