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Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Mark Changizi
Scientific American (15 September 2009)

“A new study demonstrates the power of music to alter our emotional perceptions of other people… The researchers found that music powerfully influenced the emotional ratings of the faces. Happy music made happy faces seem even happier while sad music exaggerated the melancholy of a frown.  A similar effect was also observed with neutral faces. The simple moral is that the emotions of music are “cross-modal,” and can easily spread from sensory system to another. Now I never sit down to my wife’s meals without first putting on a jolly Sousa march.”


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