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Ian Cross is Professor of Music & Science and is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is responsible for teaching all aspects of science and music in the Faculty at Cambridge (where he is Director of the Faculty’s Centre for Music and Science). He is also a contributor to the University’s new M.Phil in Screen, Media and Cultures. Publications include the books Musical Structure and Cognition (Academic Press, 1985) and Representing Musical Structure (Academic Press, 1991), both co-edited with Peter Howell and Robert West, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology (OUP, 2009), co-edited with Susan Hallam and Michael Thaut.
He is involved in experimental investigations of the perception of tonal structures and of the role of culture and formal education in shaping musical cognition, and is also actively interested in exploring the general limits and constraints on scientific accounts of music as well as the relation between music and cognitive evolution. He is also collaborating with Jim Woodhouse, Brian Moore and Claudia Fritz in the Departments of Engineering and Psychology on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project exploring the perceptual correlates of violin acoustics
He is a member of the Committee of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), is on the editorial advisory boards of Psychology of Music, Music Perception, AI & Society, The Soundtrack, and Cognitive Semiotics, and from 1997 until 2000 was the Associate Editor (English language) of ESCOM’s journal Musicae Scientiae. He is presently a participant in the Entrainment Network (funded by the British Academy), and in the Musical Acoustics Network, funded by the EPSRC.