Music and emotion: psychological considerations

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This chapter reviews theoretical accounts of the relation between music and emotion and presents a cognitive-motor framework for understanding some of its most powerful effects. We first review selected theories and investigations of emotional responses to music. We next discuss evidence that specific attributes of music are individually associated with distinct emotional interpretations, and may be manipulated by performers and composers to convey complex and dynamic emotional messages. We also describe empirical investigations that attempt to disentangle the contributions of cross-cultural and culture-specific associations between music and emotion. Finally, we introduce a body of theory and data concerning the cognitive-motor implications of music, and argue that important emotional effects can arise because music is optimally tailored to instantiate cognitive-motor processes of synchronization. This conception focuses on the capacity of music to resonate with psychological processes that function in human synchronization, and to elicit emotional effects related to these processes.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Aesthetic Mind
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophy and Psychology
EditorsElisabeth Schellekens, Peter Goldie
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages357-375
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780191731815
ISBN (Print)9780199691517
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Thompson, W. F., & Quinto, L. (2011). Music and emotion: psychological considerations. In E. Schellekens, & P. Goldie (Eds.), The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology (pp. 357-375). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691517.003.0022
Thompson, William Forde ; Quinto, Lena. / Music and emotion : psychological considerations. The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. editor / Elisabeth Schellekens ; Peter Goldie. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011. pp. 357-375
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Thompson, WF & Quinto, L 2011, Music and emotion: psychological considerations. in E Schellekens & P Goldie (eds), The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 357-375. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691517.003.0022

Music and emotion : psychological considerations. / Thompson, William Forde; Quinto, Lena.

The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. ed. / Elisabeth Schellekens; Peter Goldie. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011. p. 357-375.

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