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It also covers:
* How humans perceive music
* Links between music and emotion
* Modern neuroimaging techniques and what they tell us about music's effect on the brain
* Psychological processes involved in imagining, composing, and performing music
* Potential cognitive benefits of musical engagement
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William Forde Thompson is Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University, where he conducts research on music, emotion, and performance. He has served as President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2006-2008), Associate Editor at Music Perception, and Editor of Empirical Musicology Review.
Table of Contents
* Every chapter begins with learning outcomes and ends with Additional Readings
Overview of Book Contents
Recent Areas of Research Growth
2. Origins of Music
Theories Based on Reproductive Benefits
Theories Based on Survival Benefits
Precursors to Music
3. Musical Building Blocks
The Elements of Sound
The Discovery of Music Within Sound
Sensory Consonance and Dissonance
Sensitivity to Pitch
Models of Pitch Perception
4. Perceiving Music Structure
Arrangements of Sounds
Implicit Memory for Music
5. Music Acquisition
Music in the Womb
Investigating Music Perception Among Infants
Consonance and Dissonance
Memory for Music
Learning and Enculturation
6. Music and the Brain
What's in a Brain?
The Search for Music Inside the Brain
Techniques of Neuroimaging
Neuroimaging and Music
A Rapidly Evolving Field
7. Music and Emotion
Emotion and Cognition
Theories of Music and Emotion
Do Listeners Agree on the Emotional Meaning of Music?
How Do Listeners Respond Emotionally to Music?
Compositional and Expressive Signals of Emotion
What Properties of Music Lead to an Emotional Response?
Is There a Universal Link Between Music and Emotion?
Sources of Emotion in Music
8. Music and Wellbeing
Music as Therapy
Infants and Children
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Music and Pain
Anxiety and Depression
Impairment Following Stroke
Melodic Intonation Therapy
Diseases of the Elderly
Negative Effects of Music on Wellbeing
9. Performing Music
Acquiring Performance Skill
Communicating Musical Structure
Communicating Emotional Meaning
Gestures and Facial Expressions
The Craft of the Performer
The Radius of Creativity
Composers and Listeners
Cognitive Constraints on Composition
Composing with Multiple Voices
Where Do New Ideas Come From?
The Craft of Music Composition
11. Music and Other Abilities
Is Music Unique?
Short-Term Effects of Music
Long-Term Benefits of Music