The Psychology of Music

The Psychology of Music, 3rd Edition

The Psychology of Music, 3rd Edition,Diana Deutsch,ISBN9780123814609

D Deutsch   

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A timely update to the reference that explains musical phenomena in terms of mental functions, defining the ways in which one perceives, remembers, creates, and performs music.

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  • Encompasses the way the brain perceives, remembers, creates, and performs music
  • Contributions from the top international researchers in perception and cognition of music
  • Designed for use as a textbook for advanced courses in psychology of music


The Psychology of Music serves as an introduction to an interdisciplinary field in psychology, which focuses on the interpretation of music through mental function. This interpretation leads to the characterization of music through perceiving, remembering, creating, performing, and responding to music. In particular, the book provides an overview of the perception of musical tones by discussing different sound characteristics, like loudness, pitch and timbre, together with interaction between these attributes. It also discusses the effect of computer resources on the psychological study of music through computational modeling. In this way, models of pitch perception, grouping and voice separation, and harmonic analysis were developed. The book further discusses musical development in social and emotional contexts, and it presents ways that music training can enhance the singing ability of an individual. The book can be used as a reference source for perceptual and cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, and musicians. It can also serve as a textbook for advanced courses in the psychological study of music.


Musicians; psychologists; students interested in and studying the psychology of music.

Diana Deutsch

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University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.

The Psychology of Music, 3rd Edition

Ch 1: The Perception of Musical Tones
Ch 2: Musical Timbre Perception
Ch 3: Perception of Singing
Ch 4: Intervals and Scales
Ch 5: Absolute Pitch
Ch 6: Grouping Mechanisms in Music
Ch 7: The Processing of Pitch Combinations
Ch 8: Computational Models of Music Cognition
Ch 9: Structure and Interpretation of Rhythm in Music
Ch 10: Music Performance: Movement and Coordination
Ch 11: Musical Development
Ch 12: Music and Cognitive Abilities
Ch 13: The Biological Foundations of Music: Insights from Congenital Amusia
Ch 14: Brain Plasticity Induced by Musical Training
Ch 15: Music and Emotion
Ch 16: Comparative Music Cognition: Cross-species and Cross-Cultural Studies
Ch 17: Psychologists and Musicians: Then and Now

Quotes and reviews

"The editor has succeeded admirably in making…a valuable and timely resource for musicians and psychologists…" CHOICE

"I have… several dozen excellent books about music perception and cognition, but none is more dog-eared or more used than the Psychology of Music… The first edition's influence on the field makes a compelling argument for the purchase of this updated and revised version, certain to be a blueprint for new research and a leading resource for many years to come." MUSIC PERCEPTION

"The attributes of the book are thoroughness, authority and clarity. That one volume can so adeptly select, draw on, arrange, assess, amplify its material and invite the reader to draw meaningful and reliable conclusions relevant to his/her love of music is a huge achievement. That the book does so with apposite and well-adduced illustrations while at the same time blending technical and specialist accuracy with accessibility is remarkable. Thoroughness and interest, a refreshing amalgam of (the authors') enthusiasm with their collective and individual command of the literature and practices in the field(s) of each make it nothing short of superb as a reference (to be consulted) and a narrative (to be read from cover to cover) by lovers of serious music of all types." - EXCERPT BY MARK SEALEY for www.classicalnet.com


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