Music and meaning

Ian Cross and Elizabeth Tolbert

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199298457
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Music and meaning

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This article presents an overview of theories of meaning that have been, and that may be, applicable to investigating music, particularly its cognitive dimensions. Some theories have had more impact on the scientific exploration of music's significance than others, which have been unduly neglected. Theoretical and empirical research into musical meaning is still at an early stage within the cognitive sciences; it is important that multiple perspectives on meaning in music, particularly those emerging from the study of music in non-Western contexts, are taken fully into account in future explorations of musical meaning within the cognitive sciences.

Keywords: cognitive science; musical meaning; non-Western context

Article.  7206 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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