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The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety$
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Dianna Kenny

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586141.001.0001

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Conceptual framework

Conceptual framework

(p.15) Chapter 2 Conceptual framework
The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety

Dianna T. Kenny

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops a conceptual framework from which to theorize music performance anxiety. It reviews some of the philosophies, such as Cartesian dualism, and research methods such as nomothetic (study of groups or populations) and idiographic (study of the individual) approaches underpinning psychology in order to explicate the concepts and models used in this book to further the understanding of music performance anxiety. It examines definitions and biological and environmental origins of anxiety, and discusses some the key theories of anxiety, including general adaptation syndrome, the generality and specificity models of anxiety, polyvagal theory, and conditioning models derived from learning theory. Emotions, moods, and traits are distinguished along three dimensions — their temporal characteristics, level of awareness, and degree of involvement of bodily states. The discussion concludes with an analysis of the characteristics of two cognitive phenomena involved in anxiety disorders — worry and rumination.

Keywords:   music performance anxiety, Cartesian dualism, general adaptation syndrome, polyvagal theory, conditioning models, worry, rumination

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