Brain and Music

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2012 - Psychology - 308 pages
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A comprehensive survey of the latest neuroscientific research into the effects of music on the brain

  • Covers a variety of topics fundamental for music perception, including musical syntax, musical semantics, music and action, music and emotion
  • Includes general introductory chapters to engage a broad readership, as well as a wealth of detailed research material for experts
  • Offers the most empirical (and most systematic) work on the topics of neural correlates of musical syntax and musical semantics
  • Integrates research from different domains (such as music, language, action and emotion both theoretically and empirically, to create a comprehensive theory of music psychology
  

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Contents

Musictheoretical Background
17
Perception of Pitch and Harmony
23
ERP Components
51
A Brief Historical Account of ERP Studies of Music Processing
70
fMRI and PET
79
Towards a New Theory of Music Psychology
87
Musical Syntax
98
Musical Semantics
156
Music and Action
186
Concluding Remarks and Summary
241
References
267
Index 303
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About the author (2012)

Stefan Koelsch is Professor of Music Psychology at the Freie University Berlin. He is a former post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School, and led an independent Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. His main areas of research are neurocognition of music, music and emotion, and music therapy.

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