Music & the Brain

Background Information

More books and videos about music and the brain can be found using the Library's catalog.

Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience Online only
Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications ML 3830. H 195 2011
Music of the Brain [Streaming Video] Online only
Music, the Brain, and Ecstacy: How Music Captures Our Imagination ML 3830. J 68 1997
Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without it Online only
Musical Minds: With Dr. Oliver Sacks [Streaming Video] Online only
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain ML 3830. S 13 2007
Perception and Cognition of Music Online only
The Psychology of Music ML 3830. P 9 1999
This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession ML 3830. L 38 2006

Journal Articles

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.