Echoes of the past reverberate in our lives today, say Richard Ashley and Vasili Byros – both faculty of the music theory and cognition program at the Bienen School of Music. Their scholarship reveals what our relationship with music says about cognition and culture. 

Learn more about this research in this article “Tonal Recall” by Matt Golosinski, from the Fall + Winter 2015 issue of Northwestern Research Magazine.

Photo credit: Eileen Molony

Northwestern Research Magazine is published by the Office for Research. Learn more and see the full Fall + Winter 2015 issue. 


  • Richard Ashley
  • Vasili Byros
  • music theory and cognition