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    "Music Cognition:The Basics" by Henkjan Honing

    Why do people attach importance to the wordless language we call music? The book Music Cognition: The Basics considers the role of our cognitive functions, such as perception, memory, attention, and expectation in perceiving, making, and appreciating music.

    In this volume, Henkjan Honing explores the active role these functions play in how music makes us feel; exhilarated, soothed, or inspired. Grounded in the latest research in areas of psychology, biology, and cognitive neuroscience, and with clear examples throughout, this book concentrates on underappreciated musical skills such as sense of rhythm, beat induction, and relative pitch, that make people intrinsically musical creatures—supporting the conviction that all humans have a unique, instinctive attraction to music

  • ILLC Blog post on the wisdom of the crowds

    This blog post talks about work from the computational social choice group on modelling the wisdom of the crowds: Why are groups of people better at finding the truth than individuals? And how does our hyperconnected digital world threaten this collective wisdom?

  • ILLC SignLab nominated for Innovation Award, vote now!

    Deadline: Sunday 10 October 2021

    ILLC's SignLab has been nominated for the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2021. You can vote now!

    For more information, see or contact Floris Roelofsen at .
  • ILLC Blog post on meaning and ambiguity in digital communication

    This blog post talks about the research of Davide Beraldo, a scholar at the Media Studies department who joined the ILLC this summer. He combines computational and qualitative methods to investigate meaning and ambiguity in digital communication. He also explores what digital social movements such as Anonymous are all about.

    For more information, see or contact Iris Proff at .
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    'Talk That Science' podcast on 'Causation & Moral responsibility'

    The podcast 'Talk That Science' hosted by students from the Master of Logic has brought out an episode on Causation & Moral Responsibility with Dean McHugh, a Phd student at the ILLC.

    Dean studies how people use words like “because” and “cause” in order to determine how we understand the concept of causation. Different understandings of causation can have practical implications for society, especially in the law. In this podcast episode, we talk about how the outcome of a lawsuit depends on a specific understanding of causation. Thijmen Nuninga, the other guest, is finishing a Phd in law and gives many examples of how causation is crucial to determine responsibility. We talk about the Urgenda case and whether the Netherlands is responsible for climate change, about if we can understand discrimination because of sexual orientation as discrimination because of sex, and about how to determine whether a heavy smoker got lung cancer because there was asbestos in his work environment.

    For more information, see or contact Nikki Weststeijn at .
  • This month Dick de Jongh is affiliated to the UvA for 60 years

    Dick de Jongh started 60 years ago as student assistent of Beth on the EUROTOM project. He came from Leiden University after his 'kandidaatsexamen'. The following year Hans Kamp also came to Amsterdam from Leiden. This is a conference picture of an event attended by Brouwer, De Jongh and Kamp in the course of the project.

    For more information, see or contact Dick de Jongh at .
  • Interview with Robert van Rooij on ILLC Blog

    Robert van Rooij is the new director of the ILLC. In an interview on the ILLC blog, he shares his vision for the institute and his thoughts on the societal relevance of his research.

    For more information, see or contact Iris Proff at .