The neuroscience of music - towards ecological validity.

TitleThe neuroscience of music - towards ecological validity.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsTervaniemi M
JournalTrends Neurosci
Date Published2023 May
KeywordsHumans, Music, Neurosciences

Studies in the neuroscience of music gained momentum in the 1990s as an integrated part of the well-controlled experimental research tradition. However, during the past two decades, these studies have moved toward more naturalistic, ecologically valid paradigms. Here, I introduce this move in three frameworks: (i) sound stimulation and empirical paradigms, (ii) study participants, and (iii) methods and contexts of data acquisition. I wish to provide a narrative historical overview of the development of the field and, in parallel, to stimulate innovative thinking to further advance the ecological validity of the studies without overlooking experimental rigor.

Alternate JournalTrends Neurosci
PubMed ID37012175