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Strong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just music

Alf Gabrielsson


The mass media and the Internet have given us unlimited paths into the world of music. Just like music is varied and endless, so are our reactions to it. The very same piece of music can generate totally different reactions in different people, and a person can react quite differently to the same piece of music on different occasions. Individual factors — how you are feeling, how accustomed are you to listening to music, what your tastes are in music, what type of personality you are, and lots more besides — can play a major, sometimes completely decisive, role for how the reaction turns out. ... More

Keywords: media, internet, music, tastes in music, personality, human brain, art technology

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alf Gabrielsson, author
Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden

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