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Henkjan Honing

Henkjan Honing
Born (1959-05-15) May 15, 1959
Hilversum, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Fields Music cognition
Institutions University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam Brain and Cognition, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
Alma mater City University, London, UK
Thesis  (1991)
Academic advisors Eric F. Clarke, Christopher Longuet-Higgins
Known for Rhythm perception, timing and tempo; Mechanisms underlying musicality
Notable awards Distinguished Lorentz Fellow 2013/14, a prize granted by the Lorentz Center for the Sciences and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Henkjan Honing (born 1959 in Hilversum) is a Dutch researcher. He is professor of Music Cognition at both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He conducts his research under the auspices of the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and the University of Amsterdam’s Brain and Cognition (ABC) center.

Honing obtained his PhD at City University (London) in 1991 with research into the representation of time and temporal structure in music. During the period between 1992 and 1997, he worked as a KNAW Research Fellow (Academieonderzoeker) at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), where he conducted a study on the formalization of musical knowledge. Up until 2003, he worked as a research coordinator at the Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information (NICI) where he specialized in the computational modeling of music cognition. In 2007, he was appointed Associate Professor in Music Cognition at the University of Amsterdam’s Musicology capacity group. In 2010 he was awarded the KNAW-Hendrik Muller chair, designated on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2012 he was appointed strategic Professor of Cognitive and Computational Musicology, and in 2014 he became full professor in Music Cognition at both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam.

Henkjan is the older brother of the saxophonist Yuri Honing.

Selected studies

  • Honing, H.; ten Cate, C.; Peretz, I.; Trehub, S. (2015). "Without it no music: Cognition, biology, and evolution of musicality". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 370: 1664.  
  • Henkjan Honing (2011/2013): Musical Cognition. A Science of Listening. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers[1]
  • Honing, H.; Ploeger, A. (2012). "Cognition and the Evolution of Music: Pitfalls and Prospects". Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS) 4: 513–524.  
  • Honing, H. (2013). The structure and interpretation of rhythm in music. In Deutsch, D. (ed.), Psychology of Music, 3rd edition (pp. 369-404). London: Academic Press. doi 10.1016/B978-0-12-381460-9.00009-2
  • Winkler, I.; Haden, G.; Ladinig, O.; Sziller, I.; Honing, H. (2009). "Newborn infants detect the beat in music". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 2468–2471.  
  • Honing, H.; Merchant, H.; Háden, G.P.; Prado, L.; Bartolo, R. (2012). "Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) detect rhythmic groups in music, but not the beat". PLoS ONE 7 (12): e51369.  
  • Complete list of publications[2]


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External links

  • Related research at UvA
  • Additional information to "Newborn infants detect the beat in music"
  • Additional information to "Rhesus monkeys do not sense the beat"
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