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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 (all links via Wikipedia)

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)

• Music Perception • Musicae Scientiae • Psychology of Music


Also see Chillsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigChills

Note: This item refers to the emotionally or imaginatively triggered sensation of 'Frisson' rather than shiver reactions caused by cold or fever etc.

Chills, 'goosebumps' etc can be induced in a number of ways: musical, scenic, tactile, and even taste sensation…
Musical pitch perceptionplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMusical pitch perception

"“Pitch is a perceptual property of sounds that allows their ordering on a frequency-related scale, or more commonly, pitch is the quality that makes it possible to judge sounds as 'higher' and 'lower' in the sense associated with musical melo…
Rhythm sensingplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigRhythm perception

Humans (and some other animals) have a sense of 'rhythm', i.e. the ability to detect and react with 'beats' - normally in musical compositions. Professional drummers can 'beat time' with accuracies of just a few milliseconds per beat (ref.

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