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The aim of The Psychology of Music is to understand musical phenomena in terms of mental functions, to characterize the ways in which one perceives, remembers, creates and performs music.  Since publication of the first edition of The Psychology of Music, the field has emerged from an interdisciplinary curiosity into a fully-fledged sub-discipline of psychology as a result of several factors. First, the opportunity to generate, analyze and transform sounds by computer is no longer limited to a few researchers with access to large multi-user facilities, but is now available to individual investigators on a widespread basis.  Second, dramatic advances in the field of neuroscience have profoundly influenced thinking about the way the brain processes music. Third, collaborations between psychologists and musicians are now quite common and to a large extent these two groups speak a common language and agree on basic philosophical issues.