Why Are We Attracted to Sad Music?

  • Sandra¬†Garrido

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-270

About this book


In this book, perspectives in psychology, aesthetics, history and philosophy are drawn upon to survey the value given to sad music by human societies throughout history and today. Why do we love listening to music that makes us cry? This mystery has puzzled philosophers for centuries and tends to defy traditional models of emotions. Sandra Garrido presents empirical research that illuminates the psychological and contextual variables that influence our experience of sad music, its impact on our mood and mental health, and its usefulness in coping with heartbreak and grief. By means of real-life examples, this book uses applied music psychology to demonstrate the implications of recent research for the use of music in health-care and for wellbeing in everyday life.


philosophy aesthetics emotion music art mood regulation mood management emotional contagion

Authors and affiliations

  • Sandra¬†Garrido
    • 1
  1. 1.MARCS Institute for Brain Behaviour and DevelopmentWestern Sydney UniversityMilperra, NSWAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39665-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39666-8
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