The Perception of Emotional Expression in Music: Evidence from Infants, Children and Adults

@article{Nawrot2003ThePO,
  title={The Perception of Emotional Expression in Music: Evidence from Infants, Children and Adults},
  author={Elizabeth Nawrot},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  year={2003},
  volume={31},
  pages={75 - 92}
}
Two studies investigated the development of the perception of emotion in music. In Study 1, preschool children and adults matched nine pieces of music to five photographed facial expressions (happy, sad, anger, fear and neutral). While children did not agree with the adult majority interpretation for most pieces, their pattern of responding to the music, both with photograph choices and spontaneous verbal labels, was similar to the adults. Important methodological differences between this and… 
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