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A skeptical position on “musical emotions” and an alternative proposal

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 October 2008

Vladimir J. Konečni
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of California–San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0109. vkonecni@ucsd.eduhttp://psy.ucsd.edu/pages/people/faculty/vkonecni.html

Abstract

Key premises of the target article by Juslin & Västfjäll (J&V) are challenged. It is also shown that most of the six “psychological mechanisms” proposed by the authors as underlying the induction of emotion by music involve nonmusical proximal causes. As a replacement for “musical emotions,” the state of being-moved – from the recently developed Aesthetic Trinity Theory – is proposed.

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