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The Emotional Power of MusicMultidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control$
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Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, and Klaus R. Scherer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.001.0001

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Empathy, enaction, and shared musical experience

Empathy, enaction, and shared musical experience

evidence from infant cognition

(p.177) Chapter 14Empathy, enaction, and shared musical experience
The Emotional Power of Music

Joel Krueger

Oxford University Press

I consider the relation between shared musical experience and basic forms of empathy. I draw upon studies from developmental psychology to show that music motivates early infant-caregiver interactions and supports rudimentary forms of interpersonal understanding. I stress the enactive character of this process and argue that shared musical experiences depend crucially on sensorimotor features of the animate body. To highlight their enactive character, I characterize such experiences as dynamic processes of (1) joint sense-making, enacted via temporally-extended patterns of (2) skillful engagement with music that are (3) synchronically and diachronically scaffolded by the surrounding environment. I treat these three aspects in turn, arguing that they collectively afford the unique sort of intimacy—empathy—possible even within early shared listening experiences.

Keywords:   empathy, intersubjectivity, phenomenology, emotions, enaction, developmental psychology, entrainment, music therapy

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