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The Psychology of Music

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. 

New to this Edition:

Completely revised to cover new developments including the opportunity to generate, analyze, and transform sound by computer, advances in neuroscience that influence thinking about the way music is processed in the brain, and increased collaboration between psychologists and musicians


Paperback, 786 Pages

Published: November 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-381460-9


  • "The attributes of The Psychology of Music are thoroughness, authority and clarity. That one volume can so adeptly select, draw on, arrange, assess, amplify its material and invite the reader to draw meaningful and reliable conclusions relevant to his/her love of music is a huge achievement. That the book does so with apposite and well-adduced illustrations while at the same time blending technical and specialist accuracy with accessibility is remarkable. Thoroughness and interest, a refreshing amalgam of (the authors') enthusiasm with their collective and individual command of the literature and practices in the field(s) of each make it nothing short of superb as a reference (to be consulted) and a narrative (to be read from cover to cover) by lovers of serious music of all types." - Excerpt of review by Mark Sealey for





    Chapter 1: The Perception of Musical Tones

    Andrew J. Oxenham


    Chapter 2: Musical Timbre Perception

    Stephen McAdams


    Chapter 3: Perception of Singing

    Johan Sundberg


    Chapter 4: Intervals and Scales

    William Forde Thompson


    Chapter 5: Absolute Pitch

    Diana Deutsch


    Chapter 6: Grouping Mechanisms in Music

    Diana Deutsch


    Chapter 7: The Processing of Pitch Combinations

    Diana Deutsch


    Chapter 8: Computational Models of Music Cognition

    David Temperley


    Chapter 9: Structure and Interpretation of Rhythm in Music

    Henkjan Honing


    Chapter 10: Music Performance: Movement and Coordination

    Caroline Palmer


    Chapter 11: Musical Development

    Laurel J. Trainor and Erin E. Hannon


    Chapter 12: Music and Cognitive Abilities

    Glenn Schellenberg and Michael W. Weiss


    Chapter 13: The Biological Foundations of Music: Insights from Congenital Amusia

    Isabelle Peretz


    Chapter 14: Brain Plasticity Induced by Musical Training

    Catherine Y. Wan and Gottfried Schlaug


    Chapter 15: Music and Emotion

    Patrik N. Juslin and John A. Sloboda


    Chapter 16: Comparative Music Cognition: Cross-Species and Cross-Cultural Studies

    Aniruddh D. Patel and Steven M. Demorest


    Chapter 17: Psychologists and Musicians: Then and Now

    Robert O. Gjerdingen


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