Department of Music

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Music and Emotions


Music has a persuasive power on our emotions, which is probably one of the most compelling reasons for the popularity of music and its essential role in TV and films. Although the research on music and emotions has gained ground in science, a great deal of emotional processes relating to music remain poorly understood. This applies, in particular, to the exact ways in which various musical features contribute to emotions, what techniques composers and performances employ to convey emotions, how music is used to regulate one's moods, and the extent of individual differences and the developmental trajectories relating to music and emotions. These questions require a combination of computational, behavioural, developmental, and clinical approaches and will have direct applications in music therapy and music information retrieval.





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