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Cue utilization in communication of emotion in music performance: Relating performance to perception
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2000 (English)In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, ISSN 0096-1523, E-ISSN 1939-1277, Vol. 26, no 6, 1797-1813 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The goal of this study was to describe the utilization of acoustic cues in communication of emotions in music performance. Three professional guitarists were asked to perform 3 short melodies so as to communicate anger, sadness, happiness, and fear to listeners. The resulting performances were analyzed with respect to five acoustic cues and judged by 30 listeners on adjective scales. Multiple regression analysis was applied to the relationships between (a) the performer’s intention and the cues, and (b) the listeners’ judgments and the cues. The analyses of performers and listeners were related using Hursch, Hammond, and Hursch’s (1964) lens model equation. The results indicated that (a) performers were successful at communicating emotions to listeners, (b) performers’ cue utilization was well ”matched” to listeners’ cue utilization, and (c) cue utilization was more consistent across different melodies than across different performers. Due to the redundancy of the cues, two performers could communicate equally well despite differences in cue utilization.

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2000. Vol. 26, no 6, 1797-1813 p.
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music performance, emotion, communication, lens model, acoustic cues
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-36325OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-36325DiVA: diva2:64224
Available from: 2006-12-13 Created: 2006-12-13 Last updated: 2010-12-10Bibliographically approved

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