Sensitivity to musical emotions in congenital amusia.

  title={Sensitivity to musical emotions in congenital amusia.},
  author={N. Gosselin and S. Paquette and Isabelle Peretz},
  journal={Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior},
The emotional experience elicited by music is largely dependent on structural characteristics such as pitch, rhythm, and dynamics. We examine here to what extent amusic adults, who have experienced pitch perception difficulties all their lives, still maintain some ability to perceive emotions from music. Amusic and control participants judged the emotions expressed by unfamiliar musical clips intended to convey happiness, sadness, fear and peacefulness (Experiment 1A). Surprisingly, most amusic… CONTINUE READING