Grant to aid study of music response
FAYETTEVILLE — A National Science Foundation grant will help a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville music professor study how and why listeners respond to music by imagining narrative stories.
Elizabeth Margulis will receive $294,268 over three years and work with researchers from Michigan State University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“It wasn’t until students in my classes started telling me that they imagined pirates and thunderstorms while listening to orchestral music that I understood how common it is for music to trigger perceived stories,” Margulis, director of UA’s Music Cognition Lab, said in a statement.
The project will involve both American and Chinese listeners to test whether unfamiliar music stokes narrative listening.
Researchers will also investigate how narrative listening affects other responses to music.
“Together, our team hopes to uncover some of the mechanisms critical to making sense of music,” Margulis said in a statement.