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The psychological perception of sound

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Neli Pérez Pérez, author of the book 'Psychology of human development: from birth to old age', states that the main areas of development are the body, mind and spirit of the human being. For this reason, multiple authors, artists, musicians, psychologists and music lovers carry out an exhaustive analysis of music, studying the capacity that melodies, rhythms and volumes have in the way of feeling and expressing emotions, as well as their perception of the world, since it is part of the processes of sensory stimulation of the psyche and the socio-emotional development of the individual. The language of music evolves by the maximum expression of art and proximity that human beings bring to its composition, being that the social environment is an influential and necessary factor for linguistic stimulation and assertive and interactive communication, promoting diversity and multiculturalism of communication, in order to relate individual sounds with complex structures to relate and integrate knowledge, emotions and music to a higher development.

The Cognitive Theory of Mary Louise Serafine

Mary Louise Serafine systematized a theoretical body that has materialized in the categorization of two fundamental processes of musical knowledge: temporal processes, in which music is something that exists in time, conceiving musical sound in two dimensions: successive and simultaneous, and non-temporal processes, which are characterized by being more abstract and formal, comprising abstraction, transformation, hierarchical structures and the end. This theory has served as a foundation to know how children know music, the nature of musical knowledge, as well as the mechanisms involved in the acquisition, evolution and development of musical thought.

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 It is the force that music exerts on people at any time of their lives, from children to adults. The psychological perception of sound is developed in two cophysiological approaches; this is the result of an excitation given by waves on the auditory system, these are transmitted by the nervous system reaching the brain and giving rise to an aural image. And the psychobiological approach focuses on the musical capacities depending on the neuronal connections, created by the stimulations.

 For this we must know that perception and cognition go hand in hand, since perception allows us to give us a mental image, to help us with the experience and needs of the human being as a result of a process of selection, organization and interpretation of sensations. And cognition is what helps the human being to recognize, through perception and the organs of the brain, images of his environment.

 Given this, it is necessary to break down the characteristics necessary to try to understand the psychological perception of sound:

 *  Pitch: people can hear several sounds at once but in different tonalities, which together would form a unique texture. The ways to adapt to our ear would be:

 - The behavioral, which is based on repetition and subconscious practice.

 - The constructive way, which consists of mental processes that require a lot of attention and concentration on the part of the listener. These learnings will allow us to relate the sounds and finally to know and differentiate them.

 *  Rhythm: on the psychological side, rhythm is part of the grouping of mental schemes that the individual has, which is from the macro to the micro, information is collected and finally rhythmic patterns are developed:

 - The basic ones are interval between the beginning, it is the distance from the beginning and the end. They can be classified into short and long.

 - Beats: it is the way the rhythm is organized, and it is based on temporal regularity.

 - The Accent: is where the attention falls, this time of the whole piece of music and not of rhythmic patterns, the accent helps us to distinguish from the start intervals.

 *  Timbre: thanks to this we can distinguish two sounds, which are presented in a similar way and with identical qualities such as gravity and duration; in psychology, the importance of timbre is based on its auditory features. Thanks to this, the categorization of sounds is conditioned to the perception of each set emitted by a group of instruments.

 *  Memory: Any musical activity or not, involves memory which consists of listening, interpreting and composing. Any activity requires memory, it is about arranged learning, as learning from experience. Memory has two basic forms:

 - Recognition, which is something we remember because we have heard it before.

 - Recollection, which is derived from the recovery of a whole sequence previously experienced.  

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We can realize that the different types of sounds, provoke mental reactions in human beings, either emotions, feelings or moods of people. The behavior of human beings in reaction to different types of sounds should be observed from their beginnings, since it gives us an idea of their preferences and personality.

The psychology of sound provides data on how and when people experience mental affects when listening to certain sounds. The individual has a biological dimension, a psychological-emotional one, and his environment or social milieu. Therefore, it has to contemplate the influence that sounds represent in their psychology.

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The psychological facts we've hear from psychologist is amazing , when I read this content it makes me amazed why we aroused out sentiment through the bit of music.

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