The Functions of Music in Everyday Life: Redefining the Social in Music Psychology

  title={The Functions of Music in Everyday Life: Redefining the Social in Music Psychology},
  author={David J. Hargreaves and Adrian C. North},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  pages={71 - 83}
What psychological functions does music serve in everyday life? In this paper we argue that the answer to this question is changing as a result of current social and technological changes in music itself, and that these changes force us to re-evaluate the role of the social context in music psychology. After describing the changes we go on to outline the psychological functions of music in everyday life in terms of the cognitive, emotional and social domains. We next attempt a detailed… 

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