The Psychology of Music

The Psychology of Music

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The aim of the psychology of music is to understand musical phenomena in terms of mental functions--to characterize the ways in which one perceives, remembers, creates, and performs music. Since the First Edition of The Psychology of Music was published the field has emerged from an interdisciplinary curiosity into a fully ramified subdiscipline of psychology due to several factors. The opportunity to generate, analyze, and transform sounds by computer is no longer limited to a few researchers with access to large multi-user facilities, but rather is available to individual investigators on a widespread basis. Second, dramatic advances in the field of neuroscience have profoundly influenced thinking about the way that music is processed in the brain. Third, collaborations between psychologists and musicians, which were evolving at the time the First Edition was written, are now quite common; to a large extent now speaking a common language and agreeing on basic philosophical issues.
The Psychology of Music, Second Edition has been completely revised to bring the reader the most up-to-date information, additional subject matter, and new contributors to incorporate all of these important variables.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 807 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 45.72mm | 1,088.62g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0122135652
  • 9780122135651
  • 1,794,482

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"Chapter titles show continuing interest in many of the traditional topics--rhythm, melody, scales, musical ability, the nature of sound--and also in newer areas of inquiry, e.g., the neuropsychological study of musical perception. The editor has succeeded admirably in making this edition a valuable and timely resource for musicians and psychologists at the upper-division undergraduate level and above."
--CHOICE, reviewed by W. M. Bigham, Emeritus, Morehead State University, March 1999
"I have on the shelf next to my desk several dozen excellent books about music perception and cognition, but none is more dog-eared or more used than The Psychology of Music, first edition. With that 1982 text, Deutsch accomplished for our field what Neisser did for cognitive psychology in 1967. By her choice of topics and authors, Deutsch made a bold claim to define those problems that ought to interest us (and in fact did). The Second Edition includes five excellent new chapters (worth the price of the book on their own) and substantially updated versions of the remaining 13 chapters. The first edition's influence on the field makes a compelling argument for the purchase of this updated and revised version, certain to be a blueprint for new research and a leading resource for many years to come."
--Daniel J. Levitin, Stanford University and The University of California at Berkeley in MUSIC PERCEPTION, Vol. 16, #4, 1999
"This Second Edition is a significant update of the First Edition and is sure to maintain its position as one of the most useful collections of literature about the psychology of music."
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Table of contents

J.R. Pierce, The Nature of Musical Sound.
M.R. Schroeder, Concert Halls: From Magic to Number Theory.
N.M. Weinberger, Music and the Auditory System.
R. Rasch and R. Plomp, The Perception of Musical Tones.
J-C. Risset and D.L. Wessel, Exploration of Timbre by Analysis and Synthesis.
J. Sundberg, The Perception of Singing.
E.M. Burns, Intervals, Scales, and Tuning.
W.D. Ward, Absolute Pitch.
D. Deutsch, Grouping Mechanisms in Music.
D. Deutsch, The Processing of Pitch Combinations.
J.J. Bharucha, Neural Nets, Temporal Composites, and Tonality.
E. Narmour, Hierarchical Expectation and Musical Style.
E.F. Clarke, Rhythm and Timing in Music.
A. Gabrielsson, The Performance of Music.
W.J. Dowling, The Development of Music Perception and Cognition.
R. Shuter-Dyson, Musical Ability.
O.S.M. Marin and D.W. Perry, Neurological Aspects of Music Perception and Performance.
E.C. Carterette and R.A. Kendall, Comparative Music Perception and Cognition.
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