PSY666 - Introduction to the Psychology of Music

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Subject Title
Introduction to the Psychology of Music

Subject Description
Music is a practice found in every human culture, and society invests enormous resources in music making and music listening. Music is also one of the defining differences between humans and other species. Why can music move us to tears or to feelings of ecstasy? How can music affect our psychology, and why is it so very important to our lives? What is the relation between music, sex and cheesecake? Can music make you smarter, and what is the Mozart Effect? Why do some tunes get stuck in your head? At what age do we first hear music? These and related questions are addressed through the Introduction to the Psychology of Music. This course will provide an introduction to the major topics in music psychology. We will examine the cognitive, social, and biological basis of our ability to perceive, remember, appreciate and produce music. We will also look at the role of music as a tool for social cohesion, how music can shape our perceptions, and how companies and politicians can use this to their advantage.

Credit Status
One general education credit in the Sciences & Social Sciences category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

1. Outline current issues in the psychology of music.
2. Discuss the major concepts underlying the psychology of music
3. Explain the effects music has on human psychology and behaviour
4. Compare human musicality to that of other species, highlighting its importance to humans
5. Demonstrate a basic understanding current trends in human psychology, musicality, and critical thinking
6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic psychological and musicological concepts;
7. Critically evaluate a range of information from various sources;
8. Compare the role of music with other human faculties, such as language;
9. Discuss the manifold effects of music on everyday life

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