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The Musical Mind: The Cognitive Psychology of Music

John A. Sloboda


This book describes and analyses the cognitive processes that take place in the perception, performance, and creation of music. It proposes that underlying the various musical skills is the ability to form abstract mental representations of music, which allow it to be apprehended in structural terms. In this respect, the analogy to language is paramount. The book reviews the experimental literature on music-language overlaps, performance, composition and improvization, listening, learning and development, and culture and biology. It assesses this literature and also examines areas where resear ... More

Keywords: cognition, perception, learning, mental representation, skill, psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1986 Print ISBN-13: 9780198521280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John A. Sloboda, author
University of Keele