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; now F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging) 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. In 2013 he received a Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship, 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 authored over 150 international publications in the area of music cognition and music technology. He recently published a book for the general public entitled Iedereen is muzikaal. Wat we weten over het luisteren naar muziek (Nieuw Amsterdam, 2009/2012), published in English as Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening (Transaction Publishers, 2011/2013), and introduced at the 2011 edition of TEDxAmsterdam.
Henkjan is the older brother of the saxophonist Yuri Honing.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. doi:10.1098/rstb.2014.0088.
Henkjan Honing (2011/2013): Musical Cognition. A Science of Listening. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers
Honing, H.; Ploeger, A. (2012). "Cognition and the Evolution of Music: Pitfalls and Prospects". Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS). 4: 513–524. doi:10.1111/j.1756-8765.2012.01210.x.
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. PMC 2631079 . PMID 19171894. doi:10.1073/pnas.0809035106.
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. PMC 3520841 . PMID 23251509. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051369.
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