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IV. Music, Emotion, and Meaning


Krumhansl, Carol (2002). Music: A Link between Cognition and EmotionCurrent Directions in Psychological Science 11/2, 45-50.

Balkwill, L., & Thompson, W.F. (1999). A Cross-Cultural Investigation of the Perception of Emotion in Music: Psychophysical and Cultural Cues Music Perception 17/1: 43-64.

REVIEW (from Unit 1): Panksepp, J. (1995). The Emotional Sources of “Chills” Induced by Music. Music Perception 13/2, 171-207.

Main discussion:

Eerola, T., and Vuoskoski J. K. (2013). A Review of Music and Emotion Studies: Approaches, Emotion Models, and Stimuli. Music Perception 30/3, 307-340.

Livingstone, S. R., & Thompson W. F. (2006). Multimodal Affective Interaction. Music Perception 24/1. 89-94.

(For context: Review BC’s notes on Justus & Hutsler (2005) Fundamental Issues in the Evolutionary Psychology of Music: Assessing Innateness and Domain Specificity. Music Perception 32/1: 1-27.)


Leman, M., Desmet, F., Styns, F., Van Noorden, L., & Moelants, D. (2009). Sharing Musical Expression Through Embodied Listening: A Case Study Based on Chinese Guqin Music. Music Perception 26/3, 263-278.

Schäfer, T., Sedlmeier, P. (2011). Does the Body Move the Soul? The Impact of Arousal on Music Preference. Music Perception 29/1, 37-50.


Additional Reading:
Smith, Kenneth (2010). ‘A Science of Tonal Love’? Drive and Desire in Twentieth-Century Harmony: the Erotics of Skryabin. Music Analysis 29:1/3, 234-263.
Koelsch, S. et al. (2004). Music, language, and meaning: Brain signatures of semantic 
processing. Nature Neuroscience 7, 302-307.
Grewe, O., Nagel, F., Kopiez, R., Altenmüller, E. (2007). Listening To Music As A Re-Creative Process: Physiological, Psychological, and Psychoacoustical Correlates Of Chills And Strong Emotions. Music Perception 24/3, 297-314.
Brower, Candace (2000). A Cognitive Theory of Musical Meaning. Journal of Music Theory 44/2, 323-379.
Schellenberg, E. G., Krysciak, A. M., Campbell, R. J. (2000). Perceiving Emotion in Melody: Interactive Effects of Pitch and Rhythm. Music Perception 18/2, 155-171.
REVIEW (see Unit I): Patel, A. (2006). Musical rhythm, linguistic rhythm, and human evolution. Music Perception 24, 99-104.
REVIEW (see Unit I): Patel, A. D., Gibson, E., Ratner, J., Besson, M., & Holcomb, P. J. (1998). Processing syntactic relations in language and music: An event-related potential study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 10, 717-733.

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