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Musical appreciation

Music psychologists seek to understand the processes that support musical behaviours - including perception, comprehension, memory, attention, emotional effects, and performance.

Many decades of extensive research has investigated :

• The emotional effects
• Cognitive neuroscience
• Psychoacoustics
• Evolutionary musicology
• Sociomusicology

A very substantial body of experimental and observational work documents the effects that music has and the way it's perceived - but there is no generally accepted theory that explains why music can instigate the profound psychological effects that it does. 1)

Further reading (example music journals)

• Music Perception
• Musicae Scientiae
• Psychology of Music

Also see:
Chills
Musical pitch perception
Rhythm sensing

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1) Note: Some animals have been shown to respond to music - notably parrots.

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