Shared acoustic properties allow people to discern the emotional meaning of music from other cultures

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A study published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts suggests that different cultures rely on similar acoustic elements to convey emotion within music. When study participants were presented with excerpts of both familiar and unfamiliar musical styles, they showed a similar emotional response to both styles, as measured by the number of “chills” they experienced when hearing the music. While musical styles vary greatly from culture to culture, there has been much research interest in unearthing musical features that tend to be shared across cultures. By exploring these common…

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