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At the root of the paradox: Comment on “An integrative review of the enjoyment of sadness associated with music” by Tuomas Eerola et al.

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Wassiliwizky,  Eugen
Department of Language and Literature, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society;

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Wassiliwizky, E. (2018). At the root of the paradox: Comment on “An integrative review of the enjoyment of sadness associated with music” by Tuomas Eerola et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 25, 136-138. doi:10.1016/j.plrev.2017.12.008.


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Abstract
Eerola et al.'s multi-layered model for the pleasure taken in music-elicited sadness is an important step in integrating explanatory accounts from different disciplines. Here, I would like to point out two theoretical inconsistencies that lie at the very root of the paradox and can have a major impact on future studies: first, the conflation of the transformation hypothesis and the co-activation hypothesis of sadness and pleasure, and second, the conflation of sadness that is elicited by musical instruments and that which is elicited by lyrics.