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date: 20 July 2019

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This chapter draws together the themes which have emerged throughout the book capturing the broad trends, ideas, issues, and questions which have resonance across the whole of music psychology. The key emergent themes are those relating to the power of music in people’s lives; the influence of modern technology which has increased access and enabled individuals to listen to the music of their choice at any time or place; current understandings of basic perceptual and cognitive processes; music as language, communication, and interaction; and the interface between the biological and cultural. The chapter concludes stressing the need for research to take greater account of culture and context with much more research taking place in non-Western contexts, making use of methodological advances and drawing on discplines other than psychology.

Keywords: power of music, psychology, music, language, culture

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