What's so special about music? We experience it internally, yet
at the same time it is highly social. Music engages our
cognitive/affective and sensory systems. We use music to
communicate with one another--and even with other species--the
things that we cannot express through language. Music is both
ancient and ever evolving. Without music, our world is missing
In Reflections on the Musical Mind, Jay Schulkin offers
a social and behavioral neuroscientific explanation of why music
matters. His aim is not to provide a grand, unifying theory.
Instead the book guides the reader through the relevant scientific
evidence that links neuroscience, music, and meaning. Schulkin
considers how music evolved in humans and birds, how music is
experienced in relation to aesthetics and mathematics, the role of
memory in musical expression, the role of music in child and social
development, and the embodied experience of music through dance. He
concludes with reflections on music and well-being. Reflections
on the Musical Mind is a unique and valuable tour through the
current research on the neuroscience of music.
Subjects: Biological Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Music
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