Are Musical Emotions Chimerical? Lessons From the Paradoxical Potency of Music Therapy
Allen, R. (2013). Are Musical Emotions Chimerical? Lessons From the Paradoxical Potency of Music Therapy. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Music & Emotion (ICME3), Jyväskylä, Finland, 11th - 15th June 2013. Geoff Luck & Olivier Brabant (Eds.). University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music.
The dominant psychological model of emotion posits that a cognitive process (the appraisal) precedes, and results in, the corresponding emotion, including any induced state of physiological arousal: the cognitive com-ponent of emotion mediates the effect of the external cause on the internal arousal component. If emotions in music were naturalistic, the same mechanism should apply. However, a study in which a group of people with autism were compared with matched controls showed a normal level of physiological responsiveness to music in the autism group, coupled with a reduced capacity to verbalize their responses to it. It is hard to account for these results in terms of the standard mechanism for emotion induction; I suggest that musical emotions are in fact chimerical, consisting of components of separate naturalistic emotions combined in non-natural ways. This fact can not only explain the ability of music to generate a response in individuals with impaired emotion-al understanding, but can also suggest ways to exploit this effect in order to teach such individuals about natu-ralistic emotions by pairing musically induced states of autonomic arousal with the kind of naturalistic context provided in, for example, opera. ...
PublisherUniversity of Jyväskylä, Department of Music
ConferenceThe 3rd International Conference on Music & Emotion, Jyväskylä, Finland, June 11-15, 2013
Is part of publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Music & Emotion (ICME3), Jyväskylä, Finland, 11th - 15th June 2013. Geoff Luck & Olivier Brabant (Eds.). ISBN 978-951-39-5250-1
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