Courtney Hilton's research spans across cognitive science, musicology, and the learning sciences. His PhD work explores how we process structure in music and language, emphasising the parallels in how the human brain solves the various cognitive challenges posed by these uniquely human inventions. This fascinating topic is explored through a combination of experimental (behavioural and electrophysiological) and computational methods. Courtney also has active interest in how this basic cognitive research can inform our understanding of the human brain and mind, how we can teach and learn music, and in how learning music may have beneficial transfer effects to langauge development in children and in clinical populations.
Courtney also has a strong research agenda in how people learn and in improving our educational systems and technologies. Current projects engage in areas of: music & mathematics education, novel technologies, medical education, and in supporting more effective learning strategies and attitudes in higher-education.