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Siu-Lan Tan, Peter Q Pfordresher, and Rom Harré (2010)

Psychology of music: From sound to significance

Psychology Press, New York, 1 ed. (ISBN: 1841698687).

Why are some disturbances of air molecules heard as 'noise' while others are perceived as music? What happens at the level of the sound wave, the ear, and the brain when we perform or listen to music? How do musical abilities emerge and develop, and become refined as one acquires musical expertise? And what gives music its deep emotional significance and its power to influence social behavior, across vastly different cultural contexts? These are some of the primary questions defining the field called 'the psychology of music' and driving the present volume.

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