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Music, Thought, and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music [Paperback]

by William Forde Thompson
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October 27, 2008 0195377079 978-0195377071 1
Examining the intersection of music, psychology, and neuroscience, Music, Thought, and Feeling surveys the rapidly growing field of music cognition and explores its most interesting questions. Written in clear, engaging language that balances scientific and artistic perspectives, this book provides an excellent introduction to--and critical analysis of--the major issues in music cognition, making it ideal for courses in psychology of music.

Assuming minimal background in music or psychology, the book begins with an overview of the major theories on how and when music became a widespread aspect of human behavior. It also covers:

* How humans perceive music
* Links between music and emotion
* Modern neuroimaging techniques and what they tell us about music's effect on the brain
* Psychological processes involved in imagining, composing, and performing music
* Potential cognitive benefits of musical engagement

Music, Thought, and Feeling references numerous "Sound Examples" and is supplemented by a companion website (www.oup.com/us/Thompson) containing an extensive collection of music sample audio files, most created specifically for this book. In addition, the website provides a link to iTunes, where readers can access an iMix created to accompany the book.

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"Music, Thought, and Feeling is an important pedagogical contribution to the field as it not only manages to pull together the strings of the last thirty years of research from a broad range of topics within music cognition, but it performs this in a highly accessible format, and written in an enthusiastic and analytic style."--Tuomas Eerola, University of Jyv"askyl"a, Finland, from a review in Musica Scientiea, vol. XIII(2), Fall 2009"[Music, Thought, and Feeling introduces] a number of select but important questions that face music cognition researchers and then [evaluates] key contributing studies. . . . All the major topic areas are covered with the same degree of care and attention, making this the most successful 'general' textbook in the field that I have come across. . . . It is an [excellent resource] for anyone who is planning a course on music cognition, either at the undergraduate or graduate level [...] thanks to [its] accessible and engaging language, clear structure, and relevant and illustrative resources. [The book] assumes no specific artistic or scientific background: Just a desire to engage with the modern issues of music cognition."--Victoria Williamson, Goldsmiths University of London, from a review in Psychology of Music, vol. 37, July 2009"I had a chance to use this book in the classroom and was hooked. It is the best music cognition textbook on the market, is up to date, and a real joy to read. It is well-explained enough to be used as independent reading for anyone who wants to learn more about the field (not just college students enrolled in a course). The author, William Forde Thompson, is widely regarded as one of the leading researchers in the field, a world class scholar whose own research has covered a range of topics from The Mozart Effect, to the neural basis for musical behaviors, to musical memory, musical emotion, music & film, and musical structure."--Daniel Levitin, McGill University I love this book an

About the Author

William Forde Thompson is Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University, where he conducts research on music, emotion, and performance. He is President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2006-2008), Associate Editor at Music Perception, and Editor of Empirical Musicology Review.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195377079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195377071
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best music cognition textbook April 2, 2010
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For years, those of us who taught music cognition courses had to rely on books that were no longer in print and hence a bit out of date (e.g. Dowling & Harwood's excellent "Music Cognition," Music Cognition (Academic Press Series in Cognition and Perception)) or on research articles that were difficult reading for undergrads. A great deal has changed in the field of music cognition since the Dowling & Harwood book was written, with hundreds of new studies illuminating more about where in the brain music is happening, and just what those "happenings" are. Scientists have discovered more about the innate nature of musical understanding, how we recognize melodies, the role of tonal structure in music and memory, and the development of musical skills.

I had a chance to use this book in the classroom and was hooked. It is the best music cognition textbook on the market, is up to date, and a real joy to read. It is well-explained enough to be used as independent reading for anyone who wants to learn more about the field (not just college students enrolled in a course). The author, William Forde Thompson, is widely regarded as one of the leading researchers in the field, a world class scholar whose own research has covered a range of topics from The Mozart Effect, to the neural basis for musical behaviors, to musical memory, musical emotion, music & film, and musical structure.

I love this book and find myself referring to it often. I recommend it very highly. Readers who have already read my own books
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The textbook we have been waiting for November 16, 2008
Format:Paperback
In the words of my esteemed professor, `This is the textbook we have been waiting for, and used alongside the `Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology' one would be set up for years.' The best thing about this book is that it reviews everything in the field whilst managing to be layman-friendly as well. Isn't this what one wants? When an essay is due, and you just want to know what is going on in a subject without having to read loads of articles and extract the salient points, a simple but comprehensive, concise, and clear book is what you need.

Regarding topics discussed, Forde Thompson puts Music and Evolution as his first chapter, a previously less covered topic in books such as these. The chapter on Music and Emotion is right up to date, including the very latest theory on Music and Emotion by Juslin & Västfjäll and gives a great overview of such a tricky topic. The other chapters are equally special.

Anyway, I think it's great, and I hope it brings this wonderful field of study closer to more people.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Frodo
Format:Paperback
I am a music therapy student taking an undergraduate course called Psychology of Music at Sam Houston State University. I've never taken a course on cognition or physics, so for me, this text is quite a challenging read. There is a wealth of potentially interesting information presented here, and I really want to get excited about it. My excitement dries up however, when I come across the many complex terms and ideas in this text, which for me, are not clearly defined or presented. I really think you have to have some basic background information about cognition, physics, and maybe other fields, to understand the concepts presented here and really appreciate what the author is trying to say. I wish there was some kind of online student companion to go along with this text, where we could access a glossary and maybe other tools to help those of us who have no background in cognition, etc. better understand the contents presented.
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