Liking unfamiliar music: Effects of felt emotion and individual differences.

@article{Ladinig2012LikingUM,
  title={Liking unfamiliar music: Effects of felt emotion and individual differences.},
  author={Olivia Ladinig and E. Glenn Schellenberg},
  journal={Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts},
  year={2012},
  volume={6},
  pages={146-154}
}
We examined liking for excerpts of unfamiliar music taken from a wide variety of genres. The excerpts varied in tempo (fast or slow) and mode (major or minor). Listeners provided liking ratings for each excerpt as well as ratings of their emotional responses (intensity, happiness, and sadness). We also measured personality and history of music lessons. In general, listeners tended to like music associated with stronger feelings and happy feelings, and to dislike music that evoked sad feelings… Expand

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