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At the center of her research are questions related to our response to music: How is music processed in our brain? Which cognitive processes are involved? And what is the relationship between these processes and music theory? For example, according to music theory and compositional rules, relationships between successive chords are based on acoustic similarity ("low level") and harmonic relatedness ("high level"). Granot & Hai (2009) showed that even listeners with no musical training have an exquisite sensitivity to both types of relationships. In this specific case, behavioral measures (RT) did not expose this sensitivity but brain measures (Event Related Brain potentials) clearly did. In contrast, in several other studies Granot and her colleagues (Eitan & Granot, 2008; Granot and Jacoby, 2011, 2012) showed that the association between music theory and cognition is weaker for larger scale contexts. Concepts such as coherence, thematic unity and tonal unity do not necessarily reflect cognitive percepts, even in listeners with musical training. Such disparities between music theory and music cognition may be informative of our cognitive system on the one hand, and the nature of music as an art form on the other.
Other research interests of Dr. Granot include
In 2009-2012 Granot served as chair of the Musicology Dept., at the Hebrew University. In 2012 the Dept., received the Rectro's prize for "Outstanding Department". She Chairs the Clarica and Fred Davidson Senior Lectureship in Musicology.
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