Auditory Expectation: The Information Dynamics of Music Perception and Cognition
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2012
Copyright © 2012 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 625–652, October 2012
How to Cite
Pearce, M. T. and Wiggins, G. A. (2012), Auditory Expectation: The Information Dynamics of Music Perception and Cognition. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4: 625–652. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2012.01214.x
- Issue published online: 11 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2012
- Received 30 September 2010; received in revision form 23 June 2011; accepted 25 July 2011
- Probabilistic modeling;
- Musical melody;
Following in a psychological and musicological tradition beginning with Leonard Meyer, and continuing through David Huron, we present a functional, cognitive account of the phenomenon of expectation in music, grounded in computational, probabilistic modeling. We summarize a range of evidence for this approach, from psychology, neuroscience, musicology, linguistics, and creativity studies, and argue that simulating expectation is an important part of understanding a broad range of human faculties, in music and beyond.