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Gauging intentionality in musical interaction in educational, therapeutic, and diagnostic contexts

Adam Ockelford

in Applied Musicology

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199607631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191747687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607631.003.0003
Gauging intentionality in musical interaction in educational, therapeutic, and diagnostic contexts

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An algorithm is developed using zygonic theory for gauging the intentionality with which children and young people with severe or profound disabilities engage in musical interaction: I = R • (1– P), where ‘I’ is intentionality, ‘R’ is repetition and ‘P’ is the probability of this occurring by chance. It is shown to be of value to practitioners and researchers in a range of educational, therapeutic and diagnostic scenarios—both musical and extra-musical. For example, medical practitioners seeking to ascertain whether a patient who has experienced severe brain trauma is in a vegetative or low-awareness state, whose apparently random tapping with the fingers of his right hand seem to change in response to tapping made by another, the I = R • (1– P) formula may indicate whether intentionality—a key indicator of the capacity for self-reflective thought—is present.

Keywords: zygonic; intentionality; repetition; imitation; music education; music therapy; music psychology; vegetative state; low-awareness state

Chapter.  13292 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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