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Music and the Mind: Essays in honour of John Sloboda

Irène Deliège and Jane Davidson


The Musical Mind, published in 1985, was written by the relatively unknown John Sloboda. It made ground-breaking inroads in raising crucial questions relating to music's status as a form of human expression and has become the seminal text in the field of music psychology. The scope of that book was impressive: from music perception to production, embracing topics as diverse as music's origin and the circumstances that encourage its skill acquisition. Musical structure, grouping, and perceptual processing, including memory, were key areas where John Sloboda had made early empirical investigatio ... More

Keywords: music psychology, The Musical Mind, John Sloboda, human expression, music perception, musical structure, perceptual processing, memory

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199581566
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199581566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irène Deliège, editor
University of Liège, Belgium

Jane Davidson, editor
University of Western Australia, Australia

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Part 1 John Sloboda and his contribution

Part 2 Motivating musical lives

Part 3 Music and emotion

Part 4 Sloboda’s recall paradigm

Part 5 Musical achievement and expertise

Part 6 Examining musical performance

Part 7 Music and cultural integration


Irène Deliège, and Jane Davidson

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