Nature 454, 32-33 (3 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454032a; Published online 2 July 2008
Science and Music: The ear of the beholder
- John Sloboda is professor of psychology and an honorary research fellow at the Institute of Law, Politics and Justice, Keele University, Newcastle, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK. He is the author of Psychology for Musicians (Oxford University Press, 2007).
In the last of nine Essays on science and music, John Sloboda argues that researchers must study music as people actually experience it, if they are to understand how it affects thoughts and feelings.
Thanks to technology, we have an unprecedented choice of music to listen to, and places and times to hear it. Music has never been more accessible.