Psy100 Textbook note chapter1 pt2 - Study of Music -...

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Study of Music - Western : major mode positive moods, minor mode/slow tempo sad moods - Emotional response learned rather than innate, since very young children do not discriminate between modes - Neurochemical level of analysis o Pleasant music associated with increased serotonin, which is known to be relevant to mood. - Brain-systems level analysis: o Processing of musical info is similar to general auditory processing, but uses different brain mechanisms. Amusia : brain injury that causes patients to lose the ability to recognized even familiar tunes Some lost the ability to hear tones/melody but not speech or environmental sounds There are specific brain regions responsible for processing of music - Anecdotal reports of musical expertise running in families, like Bach Might be due to inborn ability to develop absolute pitch, also called perfect pitch. Depends on both genes and musical experience during childhood Wilhelm Wundt - Established first psychology lab and institute in Leipzig. - Regarded as founder of experimental psychology as an academic discipline - Experimental psychology begins with structuralism - To study the mind, gave subjects two psychological tasks: one simple, one complex o Measure speed at which they completed tasks o Infer how much time a particular mental event took to occur - wanted to measure conscious experiences, developed method of introspection o A systematic examination of subject mental experiences that require people to inspect and report on the content of their thoughts e.g. describe “blueness” of sky, contemplate objects Edward Titchener - Trained by Wundt, used introspection to make new school of thought: structuralism
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- Idea that conscious experience can be broken down into its basic underlying components or elements. o
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course PSYCHOLOGY PSY100H1 taught by Professor Dolderman during the Spring '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Psy100 Textbook note chapter1 pt2 - Study of Music -...

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