Using music to probe how perception shapes imagination

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, J. Devin McAuley

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Recent work using music highlights how past experiences and the immediate perceptual environment can shape imagination. Given that aspects of past experiences can be shared, depending on culture, as can the immediate perceptual environment, imaginings that might appear idiosyncratic or entirely subjective can in fact be broadly shared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-831
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


  • events
  • imagination
  • music
  • narrative
  • spontaneous thought


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