Volume 12 · Number 3 · Pages 352–355
Towards a Neuropsychological Semiotics of Music

Peter Cariani

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Open peer commentary on the article “Music as Semiotic Eigenbehavior” by Douglas Walter Scott. Upshot: An alternative semiotics of music grounded in a neuropsychological framework is outlined. The purposes and effects of music listening are to modulate internal psychological states rather than to support externalized actions. Von Foerster’s eigenbehaviors are discussed in the context of self-constructing purposive percept-coordination-action systems and Piaget’s theory of equilibration.


Cariani P. (2017) Towards a neuropsychological semiotics of music. Constructivist Foundations 12(3): 352–355. http://constructivist.info/12/3/352

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