Music and emotion

‘The power of music’, The Psychologist, December 2009, Vol 22, No 12
Adrian C North and David J Hargreaves look at how music psychology is changing in the digital era

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“Music is the shorthand of emotion”
Leo Tolstoy


Riganello, F., Quinteri, M., Candelieri, A., Conforti, D., & Dolce G. (2008). Heart Rate Response to Music; An Artificial Intelligence Study on Healthy and Traumatic Brain-Injured Subjects. Federation of European Psychophysiology Societies, 22(4), 166-174.

Barrett, F, S., Grimm, K, J., Robins, R, W., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Janata, P. (2010). Music-Evoked Nostalgia: Affect, Memory, and Personality. American Psychological Association, 10, 309-403.

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Gomez, P., & Danuser, B. (2007). Relationships Between Musical Structure and Psychophysiological Measures of Emotion. American Psychological Association, 7, 377-387.

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Relevant Articles

Sammler, D., Geigutsch, M., Fritz, T., & Koelsch, S. (2007) Music and Emotion: Electrophysiological correlates of the processing and unpleasant music. Society for Psychophysiological Research, 44, 293-304.

Deutsch, S. (2010) Psycho and the Orchestration of Anxiety.

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