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Music Perception as a Topic of Cognitive Psychology = Bilişsel Psikolojinin Bir Konusu Olarak Müzik Algısı

Author(s): Aslı ASLAN

Journal: Dogus University Journal
ISSN 1302-6739

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 117;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Music perception | Musical elements | Cognitive psychology | Müzik algısı | Müziğin elemanları | Bilişsel psikoloji

Music perception has a long and distinguished history as a topic of psychological research because music requires a mental activity in humans. As a complex human activity, music perception is naturally an area of interest especially to cognitive psychology. Cognitive studies suggest that listener’s experience of a particular musical sequence is driven and at the same time constrained by the sounds registered by auditory mechanisms but also processed by available mental resources. This assumption indicates that researchers must take into account certain inherent limitations and capabilities of the listener. The main purpose of this paper is to discuss possible cognitive processes underlying music perception. The steps taken towards this purpose will be describing the structure of music and discussing the way that this structure is perceived by human cognition.

Tango Jona
Tangokurs Rapperswil-Jona

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