Thesis / Dissertation

Music, Meaning and the Embodied Mind: Towards an Enactive Approach to Music Cognition

Dylan van der Schyff, Nicola Dibben (ed.)

Published : 2013

Abstract

The study of music cognition has been dominated by a largely disembodied conception of the mind. This so-called ‘cognitivist’ perspective treats mental activity in terms of abstract information-processing––where the world is represented in the mind via the computation of ‘sub-personal’ symbols; and where the mind-brain relationship is explained in terms of a collection of cognitive modules shaped by natural selection. Recent decades have seen an ecological-embodied paradigm emerge in cognitive science, as well as more plastic and interactive conceptions of the mind-brain and organism-environment relationships. These new perspectives offer a much broader understanding of meaning-making and th..

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