Mystery and Music

by Craig Rusbult, Ph.D.

This page will be developed (and the pages below will be reviewed more critically) later, maybe by the end of 2010, but for now here are a few things you may find interesting:

Emotion and Meaning in Music, by Leonard Meyer (1956): publisher's description & recent customer reviews.
Meyerfest at Northwestern — David Huron's abstract & slide presentation & scholarly outline & other talks and
• David Huron's book (Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation) is reviewed for Nature by Petr Janata (Hitting the Right Note) and (for Empirical Musicology Review) by Rita Aiello (musician) and William Thompson (cognitive psychologist) — and a free podcast book review that is a bit bombastically scholarly, but is interesting if you're in the mood for it.

There will be more here later, including explorations of recent books about the psychology of music, such as those cited by Amazon and other essays by Meyer plus his 1989 book.

Musical Improvisation — Music Theory plus Artistic Creativity

The Science, Math, and Art of Music