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The Emotional Power of MusicMultidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control$
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Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, and Klaus R. Scherer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.001.0001

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Three theories of emotion—three routes for musical arousal

Three theories of emotion—three routes for musical arousal

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(p.154) (p.155) Chapter 12Three theories of emotion—three routes for musical arousal
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The Emotional Power of Music
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Jenefer Robinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.003.0012

Different theories of emotion underwrite different mechanisms of emotional arousal, including emotional arousal by music. This paper explores three different theories of emotion, the cognitive appraisal theory, the action tendency theory and the feeling theory, and shows how each of them explains a different way or ways in which music can arouse emotions. There is considerable evidence that all three theories identify genuine mechanisms of emotional arousal. This seems to show that all three theories are correct, yet the theories make inconsistent claims about what emotions are. It is suggested that instead of thinking of these theories as rival theories of emotion, we should think of them as explaining different components in the total emotion process.

Keywords:   Music, theories of emotion, appraisal theory, action tendency, emotional feelings, emotion as process

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