Research Guide: Music & the Brain

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Academic Search Premier

This multidisciplinary database is a great place to begin a search on any psychological or sociological topic, from mental illness to developmental psychology to group dynamics.


JSTOR is a journal archive that contains older psychology journal articles as far back as the late nineteenth century (1800s). It can even locate articles written by Freud, Jung, Piaget, Skinner, and more.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Mental Measurements Yearbook is a guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. The MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. MMY provides coverage from Volume 1 (1938) to the present.


Created by the American Psychological Association, this database contains scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles from top psychology journals.


PsycINFO is another great psychology database. It can be used to locate even more scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on any topic in psychology.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

This psychology database focuses more on the behavioral, emotional, and developmental aspects of psychology.

Web Resources

Music Cognition Lab

The MCL at Tufts University has created this list of academic articles on various topics in music and the brain.

Music Research Institute

The University of North Carolina—Greensboro's Music Research Institute offers access to neuroimaging of musician brains in addition to other research on music and the brain.

UNLV Music Lab

Faculty and students at the University of Nevada—Las Vegas have been exploring the links between music and the brain, emotions, and related topics for years. This site shares their research and publications.

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