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Psychology and Music

Books on psychology and music


Psychology of Music by Carl E. Seashore
ML3830.S43 P8 1967  Check Availability
Image:Psychology_of_Music.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"Standard study by founder of Seashore test. Relationship between physical phenomena of sounds and our perception of them. Music as a medium, physical acoustics, auditory apparatus, sound perception, host of other topics. Includes 88 figures."
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The Developmental Psychology of Music by David J. Hargreaves
ML3830 .H28 1986  Check Availability
Image:Development_Psychology_Music.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"The study has two major objectives: to review the research findings, theories and methodologies relevant to the developmental study of music; and to offer a framework within which these can be organised so as to pave the way for future research."
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An Objective Psychology of Music by Robert W. Lundin
ML3830 .L86 1967  Check Availability

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This book seeks to clarify the confusion surrounding the psychological aspects of music. Lundin proposes a "general thesis that musical behavior, like other forms of psychological activity, is subject to the same laws and principles as other human activity." As seen from the title, he emphasizes the objective, rather than subjective, aspect of music.

The Psychology of Music by Diana Deutsch
Reserve ML3830 .P79 1999  Check Availability
Image:Psychology_Music.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"Chapter titles show continuing interest in many of the traditional topics--rhythm, melody, scales, musical ability, the nature of sound--and also in newer areas of inquiry, e.g., the neuropsychological study of musical perception. The editor has succeeded admirably in making this edition a valuable and timely resource for musicians and psychologists at the upper-division undergraduate level and above."
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The Musical Mind: The Cognitive Psychology of Music by John A. Sloboda
ML3830 .S56 1994  Check Availability
Image:Musical_Mind.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"Sloboda's book deserves loud applause, for its content, for its frankness in dealing with speculative issues largely ignored by other workers, and especially because it brings with it a new kind of approach."
Music, Thought, and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music by William Forde Thompson
ML3830.T46 2009  Check Availability
Image:Music_Thought_Feeling.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"Music, Thought, and Feeling references numerous 'Sound Examples' and is supplemented by a companion website ( containing an extensive collection of music sample audio files, most created specifically for this book."
Music That Works: Contributions of Biology, Neurophysiology, Psychology, Sociology, Medicine, and Musicology by Roland Haas
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Image:Music_that_works.jpg ‎ From the publisher:
Many different disciplines are analyzing the impact of music. How and why this ancient cultural asset molds, empowers and makes use of us can only become apparent in a synopsis and exchange involving scientific research. This title covers psycho-physiological, neuro-developmental and cognitive aspects associated with the experience of music.
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Musical Forces: Motion, Metaphor, Meaning in Music by Steve Larson
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Steve Larson drew on his 20 years of research in music theory, cognitive linguistics, experimental psychology, and artificial intelligence—as well as his skill as a jazz pianist—to show how the experience of physical motion can shape one’s musical experience.
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The Music Effect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications by Daniel J. Schneck
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Image:The_music_effect.jpeg  ‎ From the publisher:
Music is well known to have a significant effect on physiology and is widely used as an effective therapeutic tool in stress and pain management, rehabilitation, and behavior modification, but its effects are not well understood. This book explains what 'music' is, how it is processed by and affects the body, and how it can be applied in a range of physiological and psychological conditions.
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Psychology for Musicians: Understanding and Acquiring the Skills by Steve Larson
ML3838 .L464 2007  Check Availability
Image:Science_psy_result.jpg From the publisher:
Psychology for Musicians provides the basis for answering this question. Examining the processes that underlie the acquisition of musical skills, Lehmann, Sloboda, and Woody provide a concise, accessible, and up-to-date introduction to psychological research for musicians.
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The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning by Richard Parncutt
ML3838 .S385 2002  Check Availability
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Scientific and psychological research can offer answers to these and other questions that musicians face every day. In The Science and Psychology of Music Performance, Richard Parncutt and Gary McPherson assemble relevant current research findings and make them accessible to musicians and music educators. This book describes new approaches to teaching music, learning music, and making music at all educational and skill levels.
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Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Ability, Function by John Sloboda
ML3830 .S56 2005  Check Availability
Image:Exploring_musical_1.jpg From the publisher:
This new book brings together 24 selected essays and reviews written by an internationally acclaimed authority on music and the mind. Chapters are grouped into four main areas of study. These are, cognitive processes (including music reading, memory and performance), emotion and motivation, talent and skill development, and music in the real world (including functions of music in everyday life and culture).
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