History and research

Michael Thaut

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 History and research

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This article provides an introductory synopsis of the history of research developments and research themes in music psychology from its inception in the nineteenth century until the early twenty-first century. Psychology of music as a new and independent scientific discipline started its development in the middle of the nineteenth century. It was a component part of the arrival of psychology as a new discipline studying human behaviour through observation, measurement, and testing using scientific methods. In the last 25 years of the twentieth century, music psychology underwent its most fundamental change with the advent of brain imaging as an entirely new technology of studying the human in vivo, involved in complex cognitive operations.

Keywords: music psychology; brain imaging; human behaviour

Article.  5861 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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