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From the Publisher"Music, Thought, and Feeling is an important pedagogical contribution to the field as it not only manages to pull together the strings of the last thirty years of research from a broad range of topics within music cognition, but it performs this in a highly accessible format, and written in an enthusiastic and analytic style."—Tuomas Eerola, University of Jyv"äskyl"ä, Finland, from a review in Musica Scientiea, vol. XIII(2), Fall 2009
"[Music, Thought, and Feeling introduces] a number of select but important questions that face music cognition researchers and then [evaluates] key contributing studies. . . . All the major topic areas are covered with the same degree of care and attention, making this the most successful 'general' textbook in the field that I have come across. . . . It is an [excellent resource] for anyone who is planning a course on music cognition, either at the undergraduate or graduate level [...] thanks to [its] accessible and engaging language, clear structure, and relevant and illustrative resources. [The book] assumes no specific artistic or scientific background: Just a desire to engage with the modern issues of music cognition."—Victoria Williamson, Goldsmiths University of London, from a review in Psychology of Music, vol. 37, July 2009
"I had a chance to use this book in the classroom and was hooked. It is the best music cognition textbook on the market, is up to date, and a real joy to read. It is well-explained enough to be used as independent reading for anyone who wants to learn more about the field (not just college students enrolled in a course). The author, William Forde Thompson, is widely regarded as one of the leading researchers in the field, a world class scholar whose own research has covered a range of topics from The Mozart Effect, to the neural basis for musical behaviors, to musical memory, musical emotion, music & film, and musical structure."—Daniel Levitin, McGill University
I love this book and find myself referring to it often. I recommend it very highly. Music, Thought, and Feeling stands on its own as a first introduction to the field.