Musical Expectancy and Thrills
This chapter provides an overview of contemporary and historical research on music and expectation. It describes some of the functional biology involved in prospective cognition, reviews common experimental methods used in expectation research, summarizes some of the pertinent neuroanatomy and physiology, discusses some of the mechanisms by which expectations are thought to be acquired, and identifies some of the affective consequences of expectation. In addition, it summarizes some of the main theories of musical expectation, including theories by Meyer, Narmour, Margulis, and Huron. The chapter ends with an extended discussion of the phenomenon of music-induced frisson: the ‘chills’ or ‘thrills’ characterized by a sensation of the hair standing up on the back of one's neck, accompanied by sensations of coldness and pleasure.
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