Music as affective scaffolding
Oxford University Press
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Currently under an indefinite embargo pending publication by Oxford University Press.12-month embargo to be applied on publication (due January 2018)
For 4E cognitive science, minds are embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended. Proponents observe that we regularly ‘offload’ our thinking onto body and world: we use gestures and calculators to augment mathematical reasoning, and smartphones and search engines as memory aids. I argue that music is a beyond-the-head resource that affords offloading. Via this offloading, music scaffolds access to new forms of thought, experience, and behaviour. I focus on music’s capacity to scaffold emotional consciousness, including the self-regulative processes constitutive of emotional consciousness. In developing this idea, I consider the ‘material’ and ‘worldmaking’ character music, and I apply these considerations to two case studies: music as a tool for religious worship, and music as a weapon for torture.
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In Clarke D, Herbert R, Clarke E ., (Eds.) Music and Consciousness II: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives
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