The Musical Mind: The Cognitive Psychology of Music

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byJohn A. Sloboda

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What are the mental processes involved in listening to, performing, and composing music? What is involved in 'understanding' a piece of music? How are such skills acquired?Questions such as these form the basis of the cognitive psychology of music. The author addresses these questions by surveying the growing experimental literature on the subject. The topics covered will be of interest to psychologists, as windows onto a human cognitive skill of some complexity thatis only now beginning to receive the attention devoted to such skills as language. They are also relevant to musicians who are seeking to understand the psychological bases of their skills.The author does not simply review existing research, but takes a critical look at what has been achieved in the subject, introducing such topics as composition and musical skill in non-literate cultures. He draws freely on his own knowledge and experience as a practising musician, as well as apsychologist, to provide an overview that is scholarly and also accessible to the general reader.

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What are the mental processes involved in listening to, performing, and composing music? What is involved in 'understanding' a piece of music? How are such skills acquired?Questions such as these form the basis of the cognitive psychology of music. The author addresses these questions by surveying the growing experimental literature on...

John A. Sloboda is at University of Keele.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198521286

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`as a vastly influential sourcebook ... even entirely non-academic music lovers should find plenty to interest them in Sloboda's lucid surveys of research into the ways performers read, master and memorise music, the way it is improvised and composed, how we hear and grasp it, what part itplays in personal development and, more broadly, in society and culture as a whole.'Bayan Northcott, BBC Music