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Emotional response to musical repetition.
Emotion. 2012 Jun; 12(3):552-67.E

Abstract

Two experiments examined the effects of repetition on listeners' emotional response to music. Listeners heard recordings of orchestral music that contained a large section repeated twice. The music had a symmetric phrase structure (same-length phrases) in Experiment 1 and an asymmetric phrase structure (different-length phrases) in Experiment 2, hypothesized to alter the predictability of sensitivity to musical repetition. Continuous measures of arousal and valence were compared across music that contained identical repetition, variation (related), or contrasting (unrelated) structure. Listeners' emotional arousal ratings differed most for contrasting music, moderately for variations, and least for repeating musical segments. A computational model for the detection of repeated musical segments was applied to the listeners' emotional responses. The model detected the locations of phrase boundaries from the emotional responses better than from performed tempo or physical intensity in both experiments. These findings indicate the importance of repetition in listeners' emotional response to music and in the perceptual segmentation of musical structure.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada. steven.livingstone@mcgill.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21707165

Citation

Livingstone, Steven R., et al. "Emotional Response to Musical Repetition." Emotion (Washington, D.C.), vol. 12, no. 3, 2012, pp. 552-67.
Livingstone SR, Palmer C, Schubert E. Emotional response to musical repetition. Emotion. 2012;12(3):552-67.
Livingstone, S. R., Palmer, C., & Schubert, E. (2012). Emotional response to musical repetition. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 12(3), 552-67. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023747
Livingstone SR, Palmer C, Schubert E. Emotional Response to Musical Repetition. Emotion. 2012;12(3):552-67. PubMed PMID: 21707165.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Emotional response to musical repetition. AU - Livingstone,Steven R, AU - Palmer,Caroline, AU - Schubert,Emery, Y1 - 2011/06/27/ PY - 2011/6/29/entrez PY - 2011/6/29/pubmed PY - 2012/10/16/medline SP - 552 EP - 67 JF - Emotion (Washington, D.C.) JO - Emotion VL - 12 IS - 3 N2 - Two experiments examined the effects of repetition on listeners' emotional response to music. Listeners heard recordings of orchestral music that contained a large section repeated twice. The music had a symmetric phrase structure (same-length phrases) in Experiment 1 and an asymmetric phrase structure (different-length phrases) in Experiment 2, hypothesized to alter the predictability of sensitivity to musical repetition. Continuous measures of arousal and valence were compared across music that contained identical repetition, variation (related), or contrasting (unrelated) structure. Listeners' emotional arousal ratings differed most for contrasting music, moderately for variations, and least for repeating musical segments. A computational model for the detection of repeated musical segments was applied to the listeners' emotional responses. The model detected the locations of phrase boundaries from the emotional responses better than from performed tempo or physical intensity in both experiments. These findings indicate the importance of repetition in listeners' emotional response to music and in the perceptual segmentation of musical structure. SN - 1931-1516 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21707165/Emotional_response_to_musical_repetition_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/emo/12/3/552 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -