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Music, Thought, and Feeling


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* Every chapter begins with learning outcomes and ends with Additional Readings: Preface:1. Introduction Overview of Book Contents Abiding Controversies Recent Areas of Research Growth2. Origins of Music Prehistoric Music Adaptationist Accounts Theories Based on Reproductive Benefits Theories Based on Survival Benefits Nonadaptationist Accounts Precursors to Music3. 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 Music4. 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 Rhythm5. 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 Enculturation6. 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 Field7. 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 Music8. 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 Wellbeing9. 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 Performer10.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 Composition11. 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:

About the Author

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.


"A fascinating, accessible, and comprehensive examination of the rapidly expanding field of music psychology by a leading researcher who has participated in its development for the past thirty years. From discussions that span the evolutionary basis of music, examinations of musical disorders, uses of music in therapy, and frank assessments of the potential benefits of music training for nonmusical skills such as reading and mathematics, Music, Thought, and Feeling is certain to inspire renewed passion about this exciting field."--Daniel Levitin, McGill University, author of This Is Your Brain on Music"This exploration of music and emotion is the most extensive I have ever read"--Barbara J. Crowe, Arizona State University"Music, Thought, and Feeling is easy to read. I like the "learning outcomes" at the beginning of each chapter."--Elizabeth W. Marvin, Eastman School of Music

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