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On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis


Repetition is stunningly pervasive in music from all over the world. People often place their music players “on repeat”—relistening to the same recordings again and again. The prevalence of this practice suggests the existence of some sort of underlying psychological principle; however, people have been slow to acknowledge and study music’s repetitiveness, finding it an embarrassing or suspicious practice. This book argues that repetitiveness lies at the core of musical experience, and adopts the perspective of cognitive science to examine the puzzle of this human appetite for musical repetiti ... More

Keywords: Repetition, Music, Cognitive Science, Aesthetics, Psychology, Communication, Brain, Hearing, Music Theory, Music Cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199990825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199990825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, author
University of Arkansas