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 :
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.
Note: Some animals have been shown to respond to music - notably parrots.
Further reading (example music journals)
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