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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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How Does Music Evoke Emotions?

How Does Music Evoke Emotions?

Exploring the Underlying Mechanisms

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(p.605) Chapter 22 How Does Music Evoke Emotions?
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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications
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Patrik N. Juslin

Simon Liljeström

Daniel Västfjäll

Lars-Olov Lundqvist

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.003.0022

This chapter presents a research project devoted specifically to studying the underlying mechanisms responsible for induction of emotion through music listening. It describes a research strategy, a novel theoretical framework, and preliminary findings from ongoing studies that explore underlying mechanisms. It discusses the implications of this work for other issues in the field of musical emotions. The early parts of the chapter review findings about the prevalence of musical emotions, because a first step in developing a framework is to know what phenomena the framework is supposed to explain. The latter parts present a unified theoretical framework that can explain these prevalence findings in terms of seven distinct mechanisms, besides cognitive appraisal. This will illustrate the role of psychological theory in telling researchers where to look for ‘clues’ in their quest to unravel the mystery of emotional responses to music.

Keywords:   music, emotions, emotional response, musical emotions, psychological theory

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