Richard Randall (Principal Investigator) is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Music Cognition Lab. He holds a faculty appointment at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) and is a researcher at CMU's Scientific Imaging and Brain Research Center and University of Pittsburgh's Brain Mapping Center. A native of Washington, DC, Randall received his PhD in Music Theory from The Eastman School of Music in 2006. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Tufts University, and was a Fellow at the Mannes Institute's 2009 Music and the Mind Workshop. He has presented his research at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the Society for Music Theory. His research is supported by a UPMC MEG Seed-Fund Grant, a Rothberg Award in Human Brain Imaging, and a Berkman Faculty Grant. He is the recipient of a three-year Media Initiative Grant from the Center for the Arts in Society. This grant supports the project Listening Spaces, which seeks to understand the overwhelming impact technology has had on our social and personal interactions with music.

The goal of the CMU Music Cognition Lab is to investigate through various means the relationship between music and human cognition. Topics we explore include music and language, musician versus non-musician cognitive processing, expectation, memory, learning and plasticity, and musical preference. If you are interested in proposing a project or would like more information about what we are working on, please contact us.