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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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Self-Report Measures and Models

Self-Report Measures and Models

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(p.187) Chapter 8 Self-Report Measures and Models
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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications
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Marcel Zentner

Tuomas Eerola

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.003.0008

Science strives for objectivity. However, by their very nature, experienced emotions are subjective phenomena. This could give the impression that the topic of the current chapter – subjectively felt or perceived musical emotions – is not suited for scientific study. Undoubtedly, this is how many people feel about emotional responses to music. They are seen as diffuse reactions that differ from individual to individual, from moment to moment, and which therefore elude scientific examination. This chapter shows that psychology provides an armamentarium of self-report methods and instruments, by means of which subjectively experienced states such as emotions and moods can be assessed with some reliability. These well-established self-report instruments have been consistently applied to the study of musical emotions over the last 25 years.

Keywords:   science, music, emotions, musical emotions, psychology, self-report methods

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