I am pleased to announce the publication of an up-to-date textbook for the field of music cognition:
Thompson, W.F. (2009). Music, Thought, and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music. New York: Oxford University Press. 320 pages. ISBN10: 0195377079
The book surveys the field of music cognition and includes chapters that cover topics such as:
- theories of the evolution of music
- psychoacoustic foundations of music
- music and the brain (includes research using EEG, MEG, fMRI, PET etc.)
- music and emotion
- developmental approaches to music cognition
- music performance
- composition and creativity
- effects of music training on other cognitive capacities
- perceiving pitch and rhythmic structure
and many other topics. The book would be ideal as an undergraduate textbook, or for anyone who wants a review of current issues in the various subdisciplines of music cognition. It includes sound examples, sidebars, and other features.
Additional information may be found at the Oxford University Press websites, and of course Amazon and other e-commerce sites, as follows:
If you are teaching a psychology of music course and would like an evaluation copy of my book, please simply send an e-mail to Adam Tyrrell at OUP (adam.tyrrell@xxxxxxx) or use the Request examination copy" link from the first Oxford University Press website listed above (The “Request examination copy” function on the companion website is being reprogrammed at the moment).