Music, Thought, and Feeling Understanding the Psychology of Music

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-10-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Examining the intersection of music, psychology, and neuroscience, Music, Thought, and Feeling surveys the rapidly growing field of music cognition and explores its most interesting questions. Written in clear, engaging language that balances scientific and artistic perspectives, this book provides an excellent introduction to--and critical analysis of--the major issues in music cognition, making it ideal for courses in psychology of music. 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 Music, Thought, and Feeling references numerous "Sound Examples" and is supplemented by a companion web site (www.oup.com/us/Thompson) containing an extensive collection of music sample audio files, most created specifically for this book. In addition, the website provides a link to iTunes, where readers can access an iMix created to accompany the book.

Author Biography

William Forde Thompson is Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University, where he conducts research on music, emotion, and performance. He is 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

Learning Outcomes
Overview of Book Contents
Abiding Controversies
Recent Areas of Research Growth Additional Readings
Origins of Music
Learning Outcomes
Prehistoric Music Adaptationist
Accounts Theories Based on Reproductive Benefits
Theories Based on Survival Benefits Nonadaptationist
Accounts Precursors to Music Additional Readings
Musical Building Blocks
Learning Outcomes
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 Additional Readings
Music Acquisition
Learning Outcomes
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 Additional Readings
Perceiving Music Structure
Learning Outcomes
Arrangements of Sound Relative Pitch Melodic Contour Scale
Structure Large-Scale
Structure Melodic Expectancies
Implicit Memory for Music Implied
Harmony Musical Key Implied
Key Rhythm Additional Readings
Music and Emotion
Learning Outcomes
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 Additional Readings
Music and the Brain
Learning Outcomes
What's in a Brain?
The Search for Music Inside the Brain
Neurological Disorders
Techniques of Neuroimaging Neuroimaging and Music
A Rapidly Evolving Field Additional Readings
Performing Music
Learning Outcomes
Playing Music Acquiring Performance
Skill Communicating Musical
Structure Communicating Emotional Meaning
Singing Improvising Gestures and Facial Expressions
Evaluating Performance
The Craft of the Performer Additional Readings
Composing Music
Learning Outcomes
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
Music and Other Abilities
Learning Outcomes
Is Music Unique?
Short-Term Effects of Music
Long-Term Benefits of Music Educational Implications
Additional Readings
Author Index
Subject Index
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