Emotional lingering: facial expressions of musical closure

William Forde Thompson, Rachel Bennetts, Bojan Neskovic, Caroline Palmer

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Abstract

We report evidence that singers maintain emotional facial expressions after vocalization has terminated, introducing a form of emotional lingering. Emotional lingering extends and complements acoustic signals of emotion, providing a visual signal of musical closure. We first describe evidence from production studies that emotional facial expressions continue beyond the acoustic dimension of music. We next describe evidence that perceivers are sensitive to facial expressions that occur beyond the production of sound, and that such signals carry reliable emotional information. We note that audiovisual experiences of music are compatible with current understandings of multisensory integration in the central nervous system. As such, investigations of performance should include consideration of facial expressions and other performance gestures.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Interntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009
EditorsAaron Williamon, Sharman Pretty, Ralph Buck
Place of PublicationUtrecht, The Netherlands
PublisherAEC (European Association of Conservatories)
Pages359-364
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789490306014
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInterntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009 - Auckland
Duration: 15 Dec 200918 Dec 2009

Conference

ConferenceInterntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009
CityAuckland
Period15/12/0918/12/09

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Facial Expression
Music
Acoustics
Singing
Gestures
Emotions
Central Nervous System

Keywords

  • music cognition
  • emotion
  • singing
  • closure
  • facial expression

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Thompson, W. F., Bennetts, R., Neskovic, B., & Palmer, C. (2009). Emotional lingering: facial expressions of musical closure. In A. Williamon, S. Pretty, & R. Buck (Eds.), Proceedings of the Interntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009 (pp. 359-364). Utrecht, The Netherlands: AEC (European Association of Conservatories).
Thompson, William Forde ; Bennetts, Rachel ; Neskovic, Bojan ; Palmer, Caroline. / Emotional lingering : facial expressions of musical closure. Proceedings of the Interntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009. editor / Aaron Williamon ; Sharman Pretty ; Ralph Buck. Utrecht, The Netherlands : AEC (European Association of Conservatories), 2009. pp. 359-364
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Thompson, WF, Bennetts, R, Neskovic, B & Palmer, C 2009, Emotional lingering: facial expressions of musical closure. in A Williamon, S Pretty & R Buck (eds), Proceedings of the Interntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009. AEC (European Association of Conservatories), Utrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 359-364, Interntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009, Auckland, 15/12/09.

Emotional lingering : facial expressions of musical closure. / Thompson, William Forde; Bennetts, Rachel; Neskovic, Bojan; Palmer, Caroline.

Proceedings of the Interntional Symposium on Performance Science 2009. ed. / Aaron Williamon; Sharman Pretty; Ralph Buck. Utrecht, The Netherlands : AEC (European Association of Conservatories), 2009. p. 359-364.

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