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Music, Thought, and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music 1st Edition
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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 ...Read more ›
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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