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Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology)

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ISBN-13: 978-0199298457
ISBN-10: 0199298459
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The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology is broad in conception, clear in purpose, thorough in coverage of all relevant areas, and excellent in style and presentation...[it] is to be recommended without hesitation. Classical Net Review

About the Author

Susan Hallam is Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and currently Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Society. She pursued careers as both a professional musician and a music educator before completing her psychology studies and becoming an academic in 1991 in the department of Educational Psychology at the Institute. Her research interests include disaffection from school, ability grouping and homework and issues relating to learning in music, practising, performing, musical ability, musical understanding and the effects of music on behaviour and studying. She is past editor of Psychology of Music, Psychology of Education Review and Learning Matters. She has twice been Chair of the Education Section of the British Psychological Society, and is currently treasurer of the British Educational Research Association, an auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency and an Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.
Ian Cross teaches at the University of Cambridge where he is Reader in Music & Science, Director of the Centre for Music & Science and a Fellow of Wolfson College. He has published widely in the field of music cognition. His principal research focus at present is on music as a biocultural phenomenon, involving collaboration with psychologists, anthropologists, archaeologists and computational neuroscientists. His research explores the biological and cultural bases for human musicality, in particular, the mechanisms underlying the capacity for achievement and maintenance of inter-individual synchrony of behaviour, those underlying the experience of meaning in engagement with music, and those involved in the cognition and perception of multi-levelled structure in both music and language. Michael H Thaut received his masters and PhD in music from Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the Mozarteum Music Conservatory in Salzburg/Austria. At Colorado State University he is a Professor of Music and a Professor of Neuroscience and serves as Executive Director of the School of the Arts and Chairman of the Dept of Music, Theater, and Dance. He has also directed the Center for Biomedical Research in Music for 12 years. Dr Thaut's internationally recognized research focuses on brain function in music, especially time information processing in the brain related to rhythmicity and biomedical applications of music to neurologic rehabilitation of cognitive and motor function. He has received both the National Research Award and the National Service Award from the American Music Therapy Association. He is an elected member of the World Academy of Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology and in 2007 he was elected President of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology.


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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Library of Psychology
  • Hardcover: 585 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199298459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199298457
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joseph S. O'brian on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book when it was released in February 2009 with great anticipation. After reading "The Social Psychology of Music" by Hargreaves & North, I couldn't wait to start another music psychology text by esteemed authors. Right away though, I noticed the cheapness of the book. Every aspect, from the warping hardcover to the small, double column text, demonstrated the publishing companies capacity for cutting corners and subsidizing production costs. Personally, when I pay over one hundred dollars for a book, regardless of when it was released, I expect it to be of better quality. The other issue with this book pertains to the studies involved in the text. Regardless of the book being one of the most recently published texts on music psychology, most of the studies--at least in the first one hundred pages--were not even from this century. I understand that some studies from the later half of the 20th century will remain landmark studies for years to come, but is asking for a few words about what and where music psychology is going today really so much to ask for? I think not. If you're new to the field of music psychology as I was, do yourself a favor: spend the money on more (but less expensive) books released over the last two decades. Honestly, the content of this book brings nothing new to the table besides a few minute cases, usually supporting older research.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Wolf on December 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is written by a very large number of authors and edited by a number of editors. A few chapters are almost unreadable and useless. Some chapters are great. Most are good and very informative, although the reading isn't exactly fun. Overall, it is probably the best broad view of the entire scope of music psychology leading up through today. The content could have been more integrated, but it is still a valuable collection. I would not recommend it to casual readers. The chapters on pitch perception and memory are excellent. The chapters on practicing are good. It all adds up to a mixed value. I recommend getting it from the library instead of buying a copy unless you're a serious academic in the field (in which case you don't need my review here).
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By Pedro Santos on September 18, 2014
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Excellent reading, specially the Musical Time Article!
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