Norway, Oslo

Psychology of Music

when 29 June 2020 - 3 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 8 EC
fee NOK 6000

Music is a cultural signature of our species, appearing frequently in daily life, across human societies, and throughout our history with striking diversity. Why are we musical? How is the human mind designed to perceive and produce music? Do we differ from other animals in this respect? Is music a "universal language", as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote nearly 200 years ago? In this course, an in-depth introduction to the psychology of music, we will answer all of these questions and more.

Course leader

Research Associate Sam Mehr, Harvard University, USA

Target group

PhD students, graduate or postgraduate student or professional from any social science field of study or related disciplines.

Course aim

By the end of the course, students will:

understand current knowledge in the psychology of music
be articulate in the major issues and unanswered questions in the field
design an experiment testing one of those unanswered questions
connect issues in the psychology of music to issues in psychology writ large.

Credits info

8 EC
A completed course including submission of an approved paper is awarded 8 ECTS

Fee info

NOK 6000: The participation fee includes:
Daily lunch during the course week(s).
Some social arrangements after class sessions.
Partial covering of expenses towards administration and honorarium for lecturers.
Some parts of the reading material (electronic files) sent to you in advance of the course.


Oslo Summer School for Social Sciences does not have any grants or scholarships. All costs in relation to participation in our courses must be paid by participants themselves, or by their institution.

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