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Exploring the Musical MindCognition, emotion, ability, function$
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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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Psychological Structures in Music: Core Research 1980–1990

Psychological Structures in Music: Core Research 1980–1990

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(p.116) (p.117) Chapter 6 Psychological Structures in Music: Core Research 1980–1990
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Exploring the Musical Mind
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John Sloboda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530121.003.0006

The fundamental characteristic that distinguishes the psychologist of music from the music theorist or analyst is the former's concern with empirical measurement of musical behaviour or response. A secondary concern is with ‘generalisability’. Psychologists are concerned to discover commonalities of response that hold across members of a population. Problems of operationalising musical responses are not trivial ones. These problems explain, to a significant degree, why psychologists have made so little progress in exploring the higher levels of musical response, including the emotional and aesthetic aspects of the response. The selection of research topics must be guided by further considerations, and these considerations are ones that psychologists and music theorists probably share. For this reason, the central topics in psychological research have been concerned with aspects of musical structure that are common to the widest body of music for which there exists a formal literature of theory and analysis: Western tonal music, whether art, folk, or popular.

Keywords:   musical behaviour, generalisability, musical responses, musical structure, Western tonal music, psychologists, music theorists

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