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Musical Emotions Explained: Unlocking the Secrets of Musical Affect

Patrik N. Juslin


The emotional power of music has been much examined and discussed. Based on new research, this book takes a close look at how music expresses and arouses emotions, and how it becomes an object of aesthetic judgments. It asks: can music really arouse emotions? If so, which emotions? How, exactly, does music arouse such emotions? Why do listeners often respond with different emotions to the same piece of music? Are emotions to music different from other emotions? Why do we respond to fictive events in art as if they were real, even though we know they are not? What is it that makes a performance ... More

Keywords: aesthetic judgments, emotions, performance, evolutionary perspective, meanings in music, affective states, aesthetic emotions

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753421.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrik N. Juslin, author
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden

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Part I Introduction

Part II Expression and Perception of Emotion

Part III Arousal of Emotion

Part IV Aesthetic Judgment