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  From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally

Fritz, T., Schmude, P., Jentschke, S., Friederici, A. D., & Koelsch, S. (2013). From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally. PLoS One, 8(9): e72500. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072500.

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Fritz, Tom1, 2, 3, Author              
Schmude, Paul1, Author
Jentschke, Sebastian4, Author
Friederici, Angela D.5, Author              
Koelsch, Stefan4, Author              
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1Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634549              
2Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, Ghent University, Belgium, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Department of Education and Psychology, FU Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              
5Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              

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 Abstract: It has long been debated which aspects of music perception are universal and which are developed only after exposure to a specific musical culture. Here we investigated whether “iconic” meaning in Western music, emerging from musical information resembling qualities of objects, or qualities of abstract concepts, can be recognized cross-culturally. To this end we acquired a profile of semantic associations (such as, for example, fight, river, etc.) to Western musical pieces from each participant, and then compared these profiles across cultural groups. Results show that the association profiles between Mafa, an ethnic group from northern Cameroon, and Western listeners are different, but that the Mafa have a consistent association profile, indicating that their associations are strongly informed by their enculturation. Results also show that listeners for whom Western music is novel, but whose association profile was more similar to the mean Western music association profile also had a greater appreciation of the Western music. The data thus show that, to some degree, iconic meaning transcends cultural boundaries, with a high inter-individual variance, probably because meaning in music is prone to be overwritten by individual and cultural experience.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2012-10-242013-07-162013-09-04
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072500
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PMC: PMC3762814
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