Music and Emotion

Sable Smith
3 March 2011
English 201.021
Prof. Helmstetter

Music and Emotion

Everybody listens to music, and I am sure that every single person loves music also. Many people choose to listen to music to make their day better, many choose to listen to music to get relaxed, some choose a type of song that matches with their mood, and then there are the ones that listen to a certain song that brings back a certain memory.

"Music mimics such experiences by setting up anticipations, then satisfying them, often after sufficient delay, surprise, or dissonance to keep our attention. As with movement, so with emotion: music organizes our responses. [Music] idealizes emotion negative ...

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by a particular event peak at the same moment." When a group is singing or listening to music, different individuals may have different emotional responses. But "what matters is the general state of arousal and its simultaneity. Because of its capacity to intensify crowd feeling, music has a power akin to that of the orator."" (Wren 65-66).

Music has the strong ability to affect one's emotions. For example, according to The Economist Newspaper, "Music with a rapid tempo, and written in a major key, correlated [with] the induction of happiness. A slow tempo and a minor key induced sadness, and a rapid tempo combined with dissonance induced fear." So, this basically is saying that music with a constant tempo or with a constant pleasant beat makes one's emotion happy; slower music or music that sounds depressing or sad makes one sad, and the fast paced scream-o or rock out type of music is scary and unpleasant which causes fear.
As we all know the brain is what causes our ...

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