Music, Mind, and Brain

The Neuropsychology of Music

  • Manfred Clynes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-xiii
  2. Concerning the Language of Music

    1. Marvin Minsky
      Pages 1-19
    2. Karl H. Pribram
      Pages 21-35
    3. Manfred Clynes, Nigel Nettheim
      Pages 47-82
    4. Ray Jackendoff, Fred Lerdahl
      Pages 83-117
    5. Diana Deutsch
      Pages 119-136
  3. Music and Neurobiologic Function

    1. Johan Sundberg
      Pages 137-149
    2. Alf Gabrielsson
      Pages 159-169
    3. Manfred Clynes, Janice Walker
      Pages 171-216
    4. Horst-Peter Hesse
      Pages 217-225
    5. Leon van Noorden
      Pages 251-269
    6. Gerhard Stoll
      Pages 271-278
    7. Joos Vos, Rudolf Rasch
      Pages 299-319
  4. Concerning Music and Computer

    1. Ernst Terhardt
      Pages 353-369
    2. William Hartmann
      Pages 371-385
    3. Richard Toop
      Pages 387-398
    4. Martin Piszczalski, Bernard A. Galler
      Pages 399-416
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 417-431

About this book


There is much music in our lives -yet we know little about its function. Music is one of man's most remarkable inventions - though possibly it may not be his invention at all: like his capacity for language his capacity for music may be a naturally evolved biologic .function. All cultures and societies have music. Music differs from the sounds of speech and from other sounds, but only now do we find ourselves at the threshold of being able to find out how our brain processes musical sounds differently from other sounds. We are going through an exciting time when these questions and the question of how music moves us are being seriously investigated for the first time from the perspective of the co-ordinated functioning of the organism: the perspective of brain function, motor function as well as perception and experience. There is so much we do not yet know. But the roads to that knowledge are being opened, and the coming years are likely to see much progress towards providing answers and raising new questions. These questions are different from those music theorists have asked themselves: they deal not with the structure of a musical score (although that knowledge is important and necessary) but with music in the flesh: music not outside of man to be looked at from written symbols, but music-man as a living entity or system.


brain cognition neurobiology perception system time

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Clynes
    • 1
  1. 1.New South Wales State Conservatorium of MusicSydneyAustralia

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