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date: 24 May 2020

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This chapter provides an introductory synopsis of the history of research developments and research themes in music psychology from its inception in the nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. The review begins when psychology of music as a new and independent scientific discipline started its development in the mid nineteenth century. It was a component part of the arrival of psychology as a new discipline studying human behavior through observation, measurement, and testing using scientific methods (experiments, hypotheses, statistics). Previously, the scholarly discourse about music as an artistic and human phenomenon had been mostly dominated by philosophy and the discourses of the early natural sciences. The review creates a historical arc all the way to the modern developments of new research technologies creating an emerging cognitive neuroscience of music, and how those developments have influenced new directions in the study of music psychology.

Keywords: music, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, scientific methods

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