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Exploring the Musical Mind


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Part A: Cognitive Processes 1: The psychology of music reading 2: Experimental studies of music reading: a review 3: The uses of space in music notation 4: Immediate recall of melodies 5: Cognition and real music: the psychology of music comes of age 6: Psychological structures in music: core research 1980-1990 7: Book review of Language, Music and Mind 8: Does music mean anything? Part B: Emotion and Motivation 9: Music as a language 10: Music psychology and the composer 11: Empirical studies of emotional response to music 12: Emotional responses to music: a review 13: Musical performance and emotion: issues and developments Part C: Talent and skill development 14: Musical expertise 15: Musical ability 16: The acquisition of music performance expertise 17: Are some children more gifted for music than others? Part D: Music in the real world 18: Everyday uses of music 19: Music: where cognition and emotion meet 20: Music and worship: a psychologist's perspective 21: Emotion, functionality, and the everyday experience of music 22: The sound of music versus the essence of music 23: Assessing music psychology research


It is rare to find an academic book that is emotionally and morally compelling as well as intellectually engaging. John Sloboda achieves this remarkable feat. British Journal of Music Education Throughout the book, Sloboda's writing is clear and approachable; no mean achievement across three decades and such a wide variety of topics. British Journal of Music Education

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