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Examining the intersection of music, psychology, and neuroscience, Music, Thought, and Feeling, Second Edition, surveys the rapidly growing field of music cognition and explores its most interesting questions. Assuming minimal background in music or psychology, the book begins with an overview of the major theories on how and when music became a widespread aspect of human behavior.
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 Preface 1. Introduction Overview of Book Contents Abiding Controversies Recent Areas of Research Growth 2. Origins of Music Prehistoric Music Adaptationist Accounts Theories Based on Reproductive Benefits Theories Based on Survival Benefits Nonadaptationist Accounts Precursors to Music 3. Musical Building Blocks The Elements of Sound Periodic Motion The Discovery of Music Within Sound Sensory Consonance and Dissonance Tuning Systems Sensitivity to Pitch Models of Pitch Perception Absolute Pitch Timbre Reconstructing Music 4. Perceiving Music Structure Arrangements of Sounds Relative Pitch Melodic Contour Scale Structure Large-Scale Structure Melodic Expectancies Implicit Memory for Music Implied Harmony Musical Key Implied Key Rhythm 5. Music Acquisition Musical Infants Music in the Womb Investigating Music Perception Among Infants Melodic Contour Consonance and Dissonance Pitch Relations Scale Structure Phrase Structure Harmony Key Rhythm Memory for Music Learning and Enculturation 6. Music and the Brain What's in a Brain? The Search for Music Inside the Brain Neurological Disorders Techniques of Neuroimaging Neuroimaging and Music A Rapidly Evolving Field 7. Music and Emotion Emotion Work Emotion and Cognition Theories of Music and Emotion Empirical Studies 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 Dementia Parkinson's Disease Negative Effects of Music on Wellbeing 9. Performing Music Playing Music Acquiring Performance Skill Communicating Musical Structure Communicating Emotional Meaning Singing Improvising Gestures and Facial Expressions Evaluating Performance The Craft of the Performer 10. Composing Music 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 Educational Implications Glossary References Author Index Subject Index