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Anticipation is the key to understanding music and the effects of music on emotion

  • Peter Vuust (a1) (a2) and Chris D. Frith (a1) (a3)
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There is certainly a need for a framework to guide the study of the physiological mechanisms underlying the experience of music and the emotions that music evokes. However, this framework should be organised hierarchically, with musical anticipation as its fundamental mechanism.

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