An Historical Perspective on the Study of Music Perception
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"Music has played a role in human culture since before recorded history, serving ritual, functional, and entertainment purposes. But music can also be studied as a product of human perception and cognition. It is considered both perceptual and cognitive because it involves sensory processing on two levels: the progress of sound through our auditory physiological system (perception), and the processing of that sound into higher-order conceptual thinking about music (cognition). The study of music perception and cognition is traced from its roots in the 17th c., through late–19th-c. work in physiology, psychology and neurology, and into the 20th c. During the late 20th c. the study of music sensation and cognition developed into a fairly unified field of intellectual inquiry, one in which psychologists, neuroscientists, music theorists, and musicologists participate. This field is generally referred to as 'music perception' and today is part of mainstream scholarly and educational institutions, with a large and growing literature of scientific research."
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Music, Psychological aspects, Ethnomusicology, perception, perception as discipline, history and development
Cognition and Perception | Ethnomusicology | Music | Psychology
Graziano, Amy B. "An Historical Perspective on the Study of Music Perception." In Music, Sensation, and Sensuality edited by Linda Austern, 335-42. New York: Routledge, 2002.