Film music influences how viewers relate to movie characters.

  title={Film music influences how viewers relate to movie characters.},
  author={Berthold Hoeckner and Emma W. Wyatt and Jean Decety and Howard C. Nusbaum},
  journal={Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts},
Film music has powerful aesthetic effects on the perception and understanding of screen content, but does it also influence viewers’ sense of connection with movie characters thereby creating antecedents for an experience of empathy? Participants viewed clips showing characters’ neutral or ambiguous reaction to an event, person, or object. Viewers rated character likability and their certainty about characters’ thoughts in three conditions: thriller music, melodrama music, and no music. The… 

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