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  Experiencing musical beauty: Emotional subtypes and their physiological and musico-acoustic correlates

Omigie, D., Frieler, K., Bär, C., Muralikrishnan, R., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., & Fischinger, T. (2019). Experiencing musical beauty: Emotional subtypes and their physiological and musico-acoustic correlates. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. doi:10.1037/aca0000271.

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Omigie, Diana1, 2, Author              
Frieler, Klaus1, Author              
Bär, Christian1, Author              
Muralikrishnan, R.3, Author              
Wald-Fuhrmann, Melanie1, Author              
Fischinger, Timo1, 4, 5, Author              
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1Department of Music, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society, ou_2421696              
2Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, ou_persistent22              
3Scientific Services, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society, ou_2421698              
4Freiburg Institute of Musicians’ Medicine, Medical Center University of Freiburg, ou_persistent22              
5University of Music Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: beautiful passages, music, emotion, physiology, aesthetic judgments
 Abstract: A listener’s aesthetic engagement with a musical piece often reaches peaks in response to passages experienced as especially beautiful. The present study examined the extent to which responses to such self-identified beautiful passages (BPs), in self-selected music, may be distinguishable in terms of their affective qualities. In an online survey, participants indicated pieces in which they considered specific passages to be outstandingly beautiful. In the lab, they listened to these pieces while physiological recordings were taken. Afterwards, they provided ratings on their experience of the BPs, where items targeted emotion response, underlying engagement mechanisms, and aesthetic evaluation. Cluster-analyses based on emotion ratings suggested three BP subtypes that we labeled Low-Tension/Low-Energy (LTLE), Low-Tension/High-Energy (LTHE), and High-Tension/High-Energy (HTHE) BPs. LTHE and HTHE BPs induced greater interest and were more liked than LTLE BPs. Further, LTHE and HTHE clusters were associated with increases in skin-conductance, in accordance with the higher arousal reported for these BPs, while LTLE BPs resulted in the increases in smiling and respiration-rate previously associated with processing fluency and positive valence. LTLE BPs were also shown to be lower in tempo and polyphony than the other BP types. Finally, while both HTHE and LTHE BPs were associated with changes in dynamics, they nevertheless also showed distinct patterns whereby HTHE BPs were associated with increases in pitch register and LTHE BPs, with a tendency towards the major mode and reductions in harmonic ambiguity. Thus, in line with our assumption that there is more than one kind of experience of musical beauty, our study reveals 3 distinct subtypes, distinguishable on a range of facets.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-09-09
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1037/aca0000271
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Title: Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
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Publ. Info: Washington, DC : American Psychological Association
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1931-3896