Music, Passion, and Cognitive Function (Paperback)Leonid Perlovsky (author)
Paperback 202 Pages / Published: 06/03/2017
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Music, Passion, and Cognitive Function examines contemporary cognitive theories of music, why they cannot explain music's power over us, and the origin and evolution of music. The book presents experimental confirmations of the theory in psychological and neuroimaging research, discussing the parallel evolution of consciousness, musical styles, and cultures since Homer and King David. In addition, it explains that 'in much wisdom is much grief' due to cognitive dissonances created by language that splits the inner world. Music enables us to survive in this sea of grief, overcomes discomforts and stresses of acquiring new knowledge, and unifies the soul, hence the power of music.
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"In laying out a theory with such explanatory power, one should be expected to meticulously detail the previous literature, discussing in depth why previous theories should be discounted. Surprisingly, Perlovsky dismisses many of the theories rather offhandedly." --PsycCritiques Vol 62 No. 43 "This excellent book offers unique cognitive explanations confirmed in experiments...Professor Perlovsky demonstrates that music helps overcome cognitive dissonances, unify the inner world, survive in a sea of grief, and continue cultural evolution." --Professor Michel Cabanac de Lafregeyre, Laval University, Psychiatry and Neuroscience "The only theory explaining power of music, its cognitive mechanisms, and making predictions confirmed by experiments is described in this book. Cognitive musicology becomes a "hard" science." --Professor Nobuo Masataka, Kyoto University
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