Music and The Psychology Of Expectation
Mit / Bradford, Psychology
Paperback, 2008, 9780262582780
AUD $31.77 ex, AUD $34.95 inc
Out of stock at: 18 May 2013 18:00
The psychological theory of expectation that David Huron proposes in Sweet Anticipation grew out of the author's experimental efforts to understand how music evokes emotions. These efforts evolved into a general theory of expectation informative to readers interested in cognitive science & evolutionary psychology as well as those interested in music. Huron proposes that emotions evoked by expectation involve 5 functionally distinct response systems. For real-world events, these 5 response systems typically produce a complex mixture of feelings. Huron identifies some of the aesthetic possibilities afforded by expectation & shows how common musical devices (such as syncopation, cadence, meter, tonality & climax) exploit the psychological opportunities. All examples of notated music can be heard on the Web.
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