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The Artful MindCognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity$
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Mark Turner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.001.0001

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Dynamics of Completion

Dynamics of Completion

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(p.133) 7 Dynamics of Completion
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The Artful Mind
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Shirley Brice Heath

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.003.0007

This chapter explores how three basic cognitive capacities—categorization, cross-domain mapping, and the use of conceptual models—operate at the specific level of understanding music. This exploration reveals the intimate dance that takes place between music, mind, and brain. How is it that human beings can make sense of music—a complex, multidimensional sequence of patterned sound—on our first encounter with it? And, more than just make sense of such sequences, how can we have them invade our very being, leading to changes in our affective disposition and reorientations of our bodily programs (causing us to tap our toes, imagine physical gestures in response to the music, or get up and dance)? There are a number of ways to answer this question. One approach that developed out of the pioneering work of Hermann von Helmholtz in the 19th century started with physiology and led ultimately to psychology.

Keywords:   Hermann von Helmholtz, cognitive capacities, categorization, cross-domain mapping, conceptual models, music, mind, brain, physiology, psychology

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