Spatial representations common to music and bodily experience

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Abstract

This chapter discusses evidence that musical pitch is conceived and represented spatially, and that bodily experience provides a rich source for conceptualizing music metaphorically. It also describes how bodily gestures may be combined with perceptual representations of music, focusing on music-related movements of performers, such as facial expressions and gestures. Such expressive bodily movements help to shape listeners’ perception of music structure and link perception to action. Furthermore, it describes the function of spatial representations of music, and discusses evidence that musical expertise affects the stability and reliability of these spatial representations. Finally, a cognitive-motor framework for understanding spatial representations of music is proposed, which makes predictions about how this representation is manifested, differentially relied on, and sometimes disrupted in individuals with varying levels of expertise.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of music and the body
EditorsYoun Kim, Sander L. Gilman
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter21
Pages367-382
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780190636234
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameOxford handbooks

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Music
Spatial Representation
Bodily Experience
Gesture
Expertise
Performer
Prediction
Expressive
Listener Perception
Perceptual Representation
Facial Expression

Keywords

  • musical pitch
  • spatial representation
  • bodily movement
  • facial expression
  • gesture

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Lu, X., & Thompson, W. F. (2019). Spatial representations common to music and bodily experience. In Y. Kim, & S. L. Gilman (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of music and the body (pp. 367-382). (Oxford handbooks). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190636234.013.20
Lu, Xuejing ; Thompson, William Forde. / Spatial representations common to music and bodily experience. The Oxford handbook of music and the body. editor / Youn Kim ; Sander L. Gilman. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019. pp. 367-382 (Oxford handbooks).
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Lu, X & Thompson, WF 2019, Spatial representations common to music and bodily experience. in Y Kim & SL Gilman (eds), The Oxford handbook of music and the body. Oxford handbooks, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, pp. 367-382. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190636234.013.20

Spatial representations common to music and bodily experience. / Lu, Xuejing; Thompson, William Forde.

The Oxford handbook of music and the body. ed. / Youn Kim; Sander L. Gilman. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019. p. 367-382 (Oxford handbooks).

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