The Psychology of Music

The Psychology of Music A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions

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Music has been examined from multiple perspectives: as a product of human history, for example, or a product of human culture. But there is also a long tradition, intensified in recent decades, of thinking about music as a product of the human mind. Whether considering composition, performance, listening, or appreciation, the constraints and capabilities of the human mind play a formative role. The field that has emerged around this approach is known as the psychology of music. Written in a lively and accessible manner, this volume connects the science to larger questions about music that are of interest to practicing musicians, music therapists, musicologists, and the general public alike. For example: Why can one musical performance move an audience to tears, and another compel them to dance, clap, or snap along? How does a "pump up" playlist motivate someone at the gym? And why is that top-40 song stuck in everyone's head?

Book information

ISBN: 9780190640156
Publisher: OUP USA
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 781.11
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 4746
Number of pages: xix, 138
Weight: 148g
Height: 111mm
Width: 173mm
Spine width: 6mm