Introduction to Special Issue on Music and Embodied Cognition


  • Kevin J Ryan University of Memphis, Philosophy Department



THIS issue, broken into two volumes (Vol. 9, No. 3-4, 2014), offers a unique contribution to contemporary research on embodied approaches to music perception and related phenomenon.  While the role of the body has often been acknowledged in a variety of disciplinary contexts, particularly in the domain of music performance, the 4E movement in cognitive science – i.e. interrelated paradigms that study cognitive processes as embodied, embedded, enactive, and extended phenomenon - has pushed advances in previously underexplored areas.  Critically analyzing the benefits (and limits) of embodied approaches to the perception of music and related artistic practices is a crucial step for expanding the conceptual and empirical foundations of the 4E movement, as well as addressing related concerns for musicologists and music scholars.




How to Cite

Ryan, K. J. (2014). Introduction to Special Issue on Music and Embodied Cognition. Empirical Musicology Review, 9(3-4), 159–160.