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Cross-modal interactions in the experience of musical performances: physiological correlates.
Cognition. 2008 Sep; 108(3):639-51.C

Abstract

This experiment was conducted to investigate cross-modal interactions in the emotional experience of music listeners. Previous research showed that visual information present in a musical performance is rich in expressive content, and moderates the subjective emotional experience of a participant listening and/or observing musical stimuli [Vines, B. W., Krumhansl, C. L., Wanderley, M. M., & Levitin, D. J. (2006). Cross-modal interactions in the perception of musical performance. Cognition, 101, 80--113.]. The goal of this follow-up experiment was to replicate this cross-modal interaction by investigating the objective, physiological aspect of emotional response to music measuring electrodermal activity. The scaled average of electrodermal amplitude for visual-auditory presentation was found to be significantly higher than the sum of the reactions when the music was presented in visual only (VO) and auditory only (AO) conditions, suggesting the presence of an emergent property created by bimodal interaction. Functional data analysis revealed that electrodermal activity generally followed the same contour across modalities of presentation, except during rests (silent parts of the performance) when the visual information took on particular salience. Finally, electrodermal activity and subjective tension judgments were found to be most highly correlated in the audio-visual (AV) condition than in the unimodal conditions. The present study provides converging evidence for the importance of seeing musical performances, and preliminary evidence for the utility of electrodermal activity as an objective measure in studies of continuous music-elicited emotions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Que., Canada H3A 1B1.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18603233

Citation

Chapados, Catherine, and Daniel J. Levitin. "Cross-modal Interactions in the Experience of Musical Performances: Physiological Correlates." Cognition, vol. 108, no. 3, 2008, pp. 639-51.
Chapados C, Levitin DJ. Cross-modal interactions in the experience of musical performances: physiological correlates. Cognition. 2008;108(3):639-51.
Chapados, C., & Levitin, D. J. (2008). Cross-modal interactions in the experience of musical performances: physiological correlates. Cognition, 108(3), 639-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2008.05.008
Chapados C, Levitin DJ. Cross-modal Interactions in the Experience of Musical Performances: Physiological Correlates. Cognition. 2008;108(3):639-51. PubMed PMID: 18603233.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cross-modal interactions in the experience of musical performances: physiological correlates. AU - Chapados,Catherine, AU - Levitin,Daniel J, Y1 - 2008/07/07/ PY - 2007/09/05/received PY - 2008/04/03/revised PY - 2008/05/02/accepted PY - 2008/7/8/pubmed PY - 2008/11/19/medline PY - 2008/7/8/entrez SP - 639 EP - 51 JF - Cognition JO - Cognition VL - 108 IS - 3 N2 - This experiment was conducted to investigate cross-modal interactions in the emotional experience of music listeners. Previous research showed that visual information present in a musical performance is rich in expressive content, and moderates the subjective emotional experience of a participant listening and/or observing musical stimuli [Vines, B. W., Krumhansl, C. L., Wanderley, M. M., & Levitin, D. J. (2006). Cross-modal interactions in the perception of musical performance. Cognition, 101, 80--113.]. The goal of this follow-up experiment was to replicate this cross-modal interaction by investigating the objective, physiological aspect of emotional response to music measuring electrodermal activity. The scaled average of electrodermal amplitude for visual-auditory presentation was found to be significantly higher than the sum of the reactions when the music was presented in visual only (VO) and auditory only (AO) conditions, suggesting the presence of an emergent property created by bimodal interaction. Functional data analysis revealed that electrodermal activity generally followed the same contour across modalities of presentation, except during rests (silent parts of the performance) when the visual information took on particular salience. Finally, electrodermal activity and subjective tension judgments were found to be most highly correlated in the audio-visual (AV) condition than in the unimodal conditions. The present study provides converging evidence for the importance of seeing musical performances, and preliminary evidence for the utility of electrodermal activity as an objective measure in studies of continuous music-elicited emotions. SN - 0010-0277 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18603233/Cross_modal_interactions_in_the_experience_of_musical_performances:_physiological_correlates_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0010-0277(08)00110-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -