Emotional responses to music: the need to consider underlying mechanisms.

  title={Emotional responses to music: the need to consider underlying mechanisms.},
  author={Patrik N. Juslin and Daniel V{\"a}stfj{\"a}ll},
  journal={The Behavioral and brain sciences},
  volume={31 5},
          559-75; discussion 575-621
Research indicates that people value music primarily because of the emotions it evokes. Yet, the notion of musical emotions remains controversial, and researchers have so far been unable to offer a satisfactory account of such emotions. We argue that the study of musical emotions has suffered from a neglect of underlying mechanisms. Specifically, researchers have studied musical emotions without regard to how they were evoked, or have assumed that the emotions must be based on the "default… 

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