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Music cognition

By: Honing, Henkjan

Part of the The basics series
0367745003 / 9780367745004
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184 pages : illustrations (black and white).
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Why do people attach importance to the wordless language we call music?

Music Cognition: The Basics considers the role of our cognitive functions, such as perception, memory, attention, and expectation in perceiving, making, and appreciating music.

In this volume, Henkjan Honing explores the active role these functions play in how music makes us feel; exhilarated, soothed, or inspired.

Grounded in the latest research in areas of psychology, biology, and cognitive neuroscience, and with clear examples throughout, this book concentrates on underappreciated musical skills such as sense of rhythm, beat induction, and relative pitch, that make people intrinsically musical creatures-supporting the conviction that all humans have a unique, instinctive attraction to music.

The scope of the topics discussed ranges from the ability of newborns to perceive a beat, to the unexpected musical expertise of ordinary listeners.

It is a must read for anyone studying the psychology of music, auditory perception, or simply interested in why we enjoy music the way we do.


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