Memory for music

Bob Snyder

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Memory for music

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This article focuses on musical memory: on how adult listeners form mental representations of music, and on how those representations affect music listening. It is divided into three sections, which will outline general concepts of memory, address research and theory about musical expectations, and consider listeners' ability to remember various aspects of music. The study of memory in music listening is relatively recent, although the scientific study of human memory dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. The ways in which mind and brain are used in the perception and comprehension of music appear to be much in line with the way they are used in processing in other domains, although there are theories proposing that music is partly modularized in cognition and brain organization.

Keywords: musical memory; listeners; mental representations; music listening

Article.  7901 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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