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The Improvising MindCognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment$
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Aaron Berkowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
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The Improvising Mind
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Aaron L. Berkowitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.003.0001

This introductory chapter defines terminology and concepts that will be drawn upon throughout the succeeding chapters. First, two definitions of improvisation are explored — one from the 19th century and one from the present day — highlighting their common core concept: spontaneous creativity within constraints. Following a discussion of the relevance of these aspects of improvisation to the present study of cognition in improvisation, some important concepts from the cognitive psychology of learning and memory are presented that serve as useful tools in understanding the material of the chapters that follow. Finally, the notion of comparisons between music and language cognition is introduced.

Keywords:   improvisation, creativity, learning, memory, music cognition, language cognition

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