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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (6): 883-892.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.00883

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The cognitive mechanism of music syntactic processing and the influence of music structure on its processing

ZHANG Jingjing1, LIANG Xiaoyue2, CHEN Yidi2, CHEN Qingrong1()   

  1. 1 School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
    2 Conservatory of Music, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
  • Received:2019-09-03 Online:2020-06-15 Published:2020-04-22
  • Contact: CHEN Qingrong


Music and language are the two most important sign systems for human beings. Similar to language, music is also constructed on certain syntactic rules. Although evidence has shown that listeners are sensitive to musical syntax, the underlying cognitive mechanism and its influencing factors are still unknown. Therefore, we intend to further explore the role of prediction and integration in musical syntactic processing, as well as the impact of musical hierarchical and temporal structures on musical syntactic processing. We expect the proposed studies to further reveal the nature of musical syntactic processing, and to provide empirical evidence for the comparison between music and language and the exploration of human general communication mechanism.

Key words: musical syntax, hierarchical structures, temporal structures, cognitive mechanism, neural mechanisms

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