Carol L. Krumhansl

Carol L. Krumhansl is a music psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Cornell University.[1] Her work addresses the perception of musical tonality (relationships between tones, chords and keys such as C major or C# minor). Her approach is based on empirical cognitive psychology and her research established the meaning of the now common term "tonal hierarchies".

Her interdisciplinary research touches music psychology, music theory and cognitive neuroscience of music.

Her book, Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch (Krumhansl, 1990) has been reviewed by David Huron[2] and is a standard resource for teachers and students of music psychology and one of the discipline's most cited sources.

Her father was James A. Krumhansl, a Cornell physicist.[3]



  1. "Carol Lynne Krumhansl". Professor of Psychology. Cornell University. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. Huron, David (1992). "Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch. by Carol L. Krumhansl". Psychology of Music. 20 (1): 180–185. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  3. Pearce, Jeremy. James Krumhansl, 84, opponent of supercollider. The New York Times, May 22, 2004. Accessed Nov. 20, 2013.

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