Sweet Anticipation

Music and the Psychology of Expectation

Recommended by Morten Kringelbach, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #67 in Sound, Ranked #81 in Music Theory

The psychological theory of expectation that David Huron proposes in Sweet Anticipation grew out of the author's experimental efforts to understand how music evokes emotions. These efforts evolved into a general theory of expectation that will prove informative to readers interested in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology as well as those interested in music. The book describes a set of psychological mechanisms and illustrates how these mechanisms work in the case of music. All examples of notated music can be heard on the Web.

Huron proposes that emotions evoked by...

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Morten Kringelbach Why is music so powerful? Why it is that music can evoke emotion within two bars as opposed to a story that takes a long time to develop? (Source)

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