Sweet Anticipation is a book by David Huron, published in 2006 by MIT Press. This web site provides supplementary materials to accompany the book, including sound examples, an online glossary of terms, additional book indexes, and supplementary materials.
Sweet Anticipation proposes a psychological theory of expectation that grew out of the author's experimental efforts to understand how music evokes emotions. These efforts evolved into a general theory of expectation that will prove informative to readers interested in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology as well as those interested in music. The book describes a set of psychological mechanisms and illustrates how these mechanisms work in the case of music. The notated examples given in the book can be heard at this web site.
DAVID HURON is Professor of Music and Head of the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory in the School of Music at the Ohio State University and is affiliated with OSU's Center for Cognitive Science.