Emmanuel Bigand


CNRS - Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté - UMR 5022
Institut Marey
64 rue de Sully
21000 Dijon

Research topics

For someone who is familiar with a musical system, the type of organization he or she perceives when listening to works that are within this system is far from arbitrary. Indeed, this perception depends on specific cognitive constraints. Research in musical cognition aims at showing what these constraints are and at understanding how they are similiar to or different from the general processes by which the human brain functions.

Research on musical cognition contributes to the advancement of cognitive science by shedding an original light on the workings of the human mind.

This research also contributes to the development of contemporary musical systems and of new methods for teaching music.

LEAD carries out research in the following areas:

Since 1999, the research on auditory cognition has been extented to

  • the auditory scene analysis of environmental sounds



  • Bigand, E., Habib, M., & Brun V. (In Press). Musique et cerveau. Montpellier: Sauramps médical. More ›
  • Moussard*,A., Rochette*,F, & Bigand,E. (In Press). La musique comme outil de stimulation cognitive. Année Psychologique. More ›
  • Moussard, A., Bigand, E., Belleville, S., & Peretz, I. (In Press). Music as an Aid to Learn New Verbal Information in Alzheimer’s Disease. Music Perception. More ›
  • Tillmann, B., Gosselin, N., Bigand, E., & Peretz, I. (In Press). Priming paradigm reveals harmonic structure processing in congenital amusia. Cortex. More ›
  • Bigand, E., Delbé, C., Poulin-Charronnat, B., Leman, M., & Tillmann, B. (2014). Empirical evidence for musical syntax processing? Computer simulations reveal the contribution of auditory short-term Memory. Frontiers in Systematic Neuroscience. More ›
  • Ferrri, L., Aucouturier, J. J., Muthalib, M., Bigand, E., & Bugaiska, A. (2014). Music improves verbal memory encoding while decreasing prefrontal cortex activity: an fNIRS study. Front. Hum. Neurosci. More ›
  • Moussard, A., Bigand, E., Belleville, S., & Peretz, I. (2014). Music as a mnemonic to learn gesture sequences in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Front. Hum. Neurosci. More ›
  • Moussard, A., Bigand, E., Belleville, S., & Peretz, I. (2014). Learning sung lyrics aids retention in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychol. Rehabil. More ›
  • Rochette, F., Moussard, A., & Bigand E. (2014). Music lessons improve auditory perceptual and cognitive performance in deaf children. Front. Hum. Neurosci. More ›
  • Mercadié, L., Caballe, J., Aucouturier, J.-J., & Bigand, E. (2013). Effect of synchronized or desynchronized music listening during osteopathic treatment: An EEG study. Psychophysiology. More ›

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