February 21: David Huron

Professor, Ohio State University

David Huron is Professor of Music Cognition at Ohio State University School of Music. There, he heads the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory in the School of Music and is affiliated with the Center for Cognitive Science. Huron’s research aims to understand why music is so enjoyable. What precisely are music’s mental attractions? His work on musical expectation is chronicled in the book Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation published in 2006 by MIT Press. Supplementary material related to the book (including sound examples) are also available online. His current research interests focus on better understanding how music evokes emotion. Huron also emphasizes cross-cultural comparisons including the analysis of Native American, Chinese, Japanese, Hasidic, Balinese, Korean, and sub-Saharan African musics. He has also carried out fieldwork in Micronesia collecting empirical data related to globalization.