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John Sloboda

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530121.001.0001

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Assessing Music Psychology Research: Values, Priorities, and Outcomes

Assessing Music Psychology Research: Values, Priorities, and Outcomes

(p.395) Chapter 23 Assessing Music Psychology Research: Values, Priorities, and Outcomes
Exploring the Musical Mind

John Sloboda

Oxford University Press

This chapter poses several questions regarding useful criteria to evaluate research in music psychology, deciding what to research, and whether to carry out research at all. In exploring them it is necessary to address broader questions, to do with the social responsibilities of scientists, academics, and educated citizens. Attitudes towards values and priorities are so intimately connected to a person's social context and background that removing them from the discourse can hide key assumptions that motivate the argument. The chapter further discusses that the lack of attention to social benefit may also be a consequence of employment culture. The chapter then presents some characterisation of what different levels of socially responsible academic engagement might look like. The template postulates four successive social engagement levels, which involve increasingly prominent roles for considerations impacting on academic activity ‘from the outside’.

Keywords:   music psychology, social responsibilities, values, priorities, social benefit, employment culture, social engagement levels, academic activity

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