Fundamental Factors of Music Comprehension
The dominant theory of perception and comprehension assumes that the mind works as a self-organizing system. Perceivers are active explorers of their environment and, hence, pick up information from it. But that information is not the only source of perception. Perception is linked to action which produces information. Environment and perceiving organism have a dialectical relationship which can be described by a paradoxical statement: Information processing is either the consequence of information or the source of that information. There is no direct mediating of environmental information. Inasmuch as perception implies the interpretation and completion of incoming stimuli, this is called comprehension.
KeywordsSound Location Tonal Music Continuous Tone Pitch Information Music Cognition
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