The Psychology of Music, Second Edition (Academic Press Series in Cognition and Perception)

The Psychology of Music, Second Edition (Academic Press Series in Cognition and Perception)

The Psychology of Music, Second Edition (Academic Press Series in Cognition and Perception)

The aim of the psychology of music is to understand musical phenomena in terms of mental functions–to characterize the ways in which one perceives, remembers, creates, and performs music. Since the First Edition of The Psychology of Music was published the field has emerged from an interdisciplinary curiosity into a fully ramified subdiscipline of psychology due to several factors. The opportunity to generate, analyze, and transform sounds by computer is no longer limited to a few researchers with access to large multi-user facilities, but rather is available to individual investigators on a widespread basis. Second, dramatic advances in the field of neuroscience have profoundly influenced thinking about the way that music is processed in the brain. Third, collaborations between psychologists and musicians, which were evolving at the time the First Edition was written, are now quite common; to a large extent now speaking a common language and agreeing on basic philosophical issues.
The Psychology of Music, Second Edition has been completely revised to bring the reader the most up-to-date information, additional subject matter, and new contributors to incorporate all of these important variables.

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  1. Daniel Levitin said,

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    The Psychology of Music, Second Edition, March 30, 2000
    Daniel Levitin (Montreal, QC Canada) –

    This review is from: The Psychology of Music, Second Edition (Academic Press Series in Cognition and Perception) (Paperback)

    This Second Edition of Deutsch’s seminal work opens with a chapter by John R. Pierce, which provides a whistle-stop tour through nearly every concept important to the perception end of music psychology, touching on major findings in the physics of sound, time resolution of the ear, theories of consonance, pitch perception, Fourier analysis and spectra, the science of singing, speech, timbre, scales and tuning.

    Schroeder’s Chapter 2 describes modern attempts to understand the mathematics of acoustical design. Weinberger’s “Music and the auditory system” is an indispensable review of auditory system anatomy, functional organization of the auditory pathway, attention and learning. In Chapter 4, Rasch and Plomp explain that the perception of complex tones can be conceived as a pattern recognition process. Risset & Wessel completely reorganized their chapter on timbre with new sections on global/non-linear synthesis, sampling, controlling musical prosody in Real Time Synthesis, and an expanded section on physical modeling. “The perception of singing” by Sundberg explains that the choice of acoustic characteristic of vowel sounds that singers learn to adopt represents deviations from typical, normal speech for specific requirements of performance and intelligibility.

    Chapter 7 by Burns comprises an essential treatment of psychophysical and perceptual studies relating to the human perception of pitch and pitch relations. The chapter has been completely reworked, and Burns employs smoothly pellucid prose, making it my favorite chapter of the book (tied with Dowling’s). “Absolute pitch” (by Dixon Ward) is an updated, comprehensive overview of 100 years of research, summarizing key theories and a host of methodological traps in the study of this poorly understood ability.

    Chapter 9 by Deutsch surveys the literature on auditory scene analysis, stream segregation, and the attempts to find auditory correlates to the Gestalt principles of visual grouping. In Chapter 10, Deutsch discusses feature abstraction and its neural substrates, local vs. global processing, hierarchical encoding, memory for music, and a thorough review of the various auditory illusions and paradoxes that Deutsch has been studying for more than 20 years.

    The third entry new to this edition is Bharucha’s “Neural nets, temporal composites, and tonality.” Neural nets have demonstrated (with varying degrees of success) learning of pitch class, chords, keys, and musical style, and provide “a framework in which aspects of cognition can be understood as the result of the neural association of patterns” (p. 413).

    In “Hierarchical expectation and musical style,” Narmour gives a cogent overview of his implication-realization model enhanced by his more recent ideas about the role in music listening of bottom-up and top-down processing, schemata, and “filling in” of missing (or implied) tonal elements. Eric Clarke’s “Rhythm and timing in music” surveys research on rhythmic grouping, meter, perception and production of timing, and the relation between musical timing and movement. Gabrielsson’s entry on “Music performance” reviews the literature on performance planning, sight-reading, improvisation, feedback, motor processes, measurements, physical, psychological, and social factors affecting performance, and performance evaluation. In “Development of music perception and cognition” Dowling concludes that there is a converging body of evidence suggesting that “memory for music typically operates in terms of more precise representations of particular stimuli than has been generally thought,” (p. 620) and with this makes an important link to current “multi-trace theories” of memory. Rosamond Shuter-Dyson’s contribution on “Musical ability” has improved in organization with reworked sections on concepts, methods, and studies of musical aptitude, achievement, and ability, as well as investigations into correlations between music and other cognitive abilities. Perry and Marin’s “Neurological aspects of music perception and performance” is the best single source of information on the topic including discussions of amusia, auditory agnosia and verbal deafness, and the current state of knowledge about functional localization of various component abilities in music perception, understanding, and production. Capping the volume is Edward Carterette and Roger Kendall’s, “Comparative music perception and cognition,” which roves across the ethnomusicological landscape with a fairly in-depth treatment of pitch systems (including structural, perceptual, and tonality issues in Indian and other Asian musics).

    On the other hand … The book does have its biases which trace their roots to the first edition, and chief among…

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