Emmanuel Bigand


Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Institut Marey - I3M
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., & Tillmann, B. (2021). Near and far transfer: Is music special?. Memory & Cognition. More ›
  • Duret, S., Bigand, E., Guigou, C., Marty, N., Lalitte, P., & Grayeli-Bozorg, A. (2021). Participation of acoustic and electric hearing in perceiving musical sounds. Frontiers in Neuroscience. More ›
  • Bigand, E. & Tillmann, B., & (2020). La symphonie neuronale - Pourquoi la musique est indispensable au cerveau. : Humensciences Editions . More ›
  • Canette, L.-H., Lalitte, P., Bedoin, N., Pineau, M., Bigand, E., & Tillmann, B. (2020). Rhythmic and textural musical sequences differently influence syntax and semantic processing in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. More ›
  • Pralus, A., Belfi, A., Hirel, C., Leveque, Y., Fornoni, L., Bigand, E., Jung, J., Tranel, D., Nighoghossian, N., Tillmann, B., & Caclin, A. (2020). Recognition of musical emotions and their perceived intensity after unilateral brain damage. Cortex, 130, 78-93. More ›
  • Vieillard, S., Pinabiaux, C., & Bigand, E. (2020). Positive and detached reappraisal of threatening music inyounger and older adults. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. More ›
  • Bigand, E. (2018). Les bienfaits de la musique sur le cerveau. : Belin. More ›
  • Leveque, Y., Teyssier, P., Bouchet, P., Bigand, E., Caclin, A., & Tillmann, B. (2018). Musical emotions in congenital amusia: Impaired recognition, but preserved emotional intensity. Neuropsychology, 32(7), 880-894. More ›
  • Roman, S., Rochette, F., Triglia, J.-M., Schön, D., & Bigand, E. (2016). Auditory training improves auditory performance in cochlear implanted children. Hearing Research, 337, 89-95. More ›
  • Tillmann, B., Lalitte, P., Albouy, P., Caclin, A., & Bigand, E. (2016). Discrimination of tonal and atonal music in congenital amusia: The advantage of implicit tasks. Neuropsychologia, 85, 10-18. More ›

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