Subject Interfaces: Measuring Bodily Activation During an Emotional Experience of Music
This paper focuses on the relationship between emotions induced by musical stimuli and movement. A pilot experiment has been realized with the aim to verify whether there are correlations between the emotional characterization of music excerpts and human movement. Subjects were asked to move a laser pointer on a white wall in front of them while listening to musical excerpts classified with respect to the type of emotions they can induce.
Trajectories obtained moving the laser pointer have been recorded with a video camera and have been analyzed in a static and global way by using the EyesWeb platform. Results highlight a difference between trajectories associated to music stimuli classified as “fast” and “slow”, in term of smoothness/angularity, suggesting the existence of a strong link between the emotional characterization of the musical excerpts listened to and the movement performed.
Subfield: expressive gesture and music.
Keywordssubject interfaces emotion expressive gesture motor activation
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 2.Blood, A.J., Zatorre, R.J., Bermudez, P., Evans, A.C.: Emotional responses to pleasant and unpleasant music correlate with activity in paralimbic brain regions. Nature Neuroscience 2(4) (1999)Google Scholar
- 3.Blood, A.J., Zatorre, R.J.: Intensely pleasurable responses to music correlate with activity in brain regions implicated in reward and emotion. PNAS 98(20) (2001)Google Scholar
- 5.Camurri, A., Coletta, P., Peri, M., Ricchetti, M., Ricci, A., Trocca, R., Volpe, G.: A real time platform for interactive dance and music systems (2000b)Google Scholar
- 8.Cowie, R., Douglas-Cowie, E., Tsapatsoulis, N., Votsis, G., Kollias, S., Fellenz, W., Taylor, J.G.: Emotion recognition in human-computer interaction. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (January 2001)Google Scholar
- 11.Krumhansl, C.L.: Psychophysiology of musical emotions. In: Proceedings ICMC (1997b)Google Scholar
- 14.Scherer, K.R.: On the nature and function of emotion: a component process approach. In: Scherer, K.R., Ekman, P. (eds.) Approaches to emotion, pp. 293–317. Erlbaum, Hillsdale (1984)Google Scholar
- 16.Scherer, K.R., Zentner, M.R.: Emotional effects of music: production rules. In: Juslin, P.N., Sloboda, J.A. (eds.) Music and emotion: Theory and research, pp. 361–392. Oxford University Press, Oxford (2001)Google Scholar
- 17.Scherer, K.R., Zentner, M.R., Schacht, A.: Emotional states generated by music: an exploratory study of music experts. Musicae Scientiae (Special Issue 2001-2002), 149–171 (2002)Google Scholar
- 18.Scherer, K.R.: Why music does not produce basic emotions: pleading for a new approach to measuring the emotional effects of music. In: Proceedings of the Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference (SMAC 2003), Stockholm, Sweden, August 6-9 (2003)Google Scholar
- 19.Schubert, E.: Continuous measurement of self-report emotional response to music. In: Juslin, P., Sloboda, J. (eds.) Music and emotion: theory and research, pp. 393–414. Oxford University Press, Oxford (2001)Google Scholar
- 21.Schubert, E.: EmotionFace: prototype facial expression display of emotion in music. In: Proceedings of ICAD 2004-Tenth Meeting of the International Conference on Auditory Display, Sydney, Australia, July 6-9 (2004b)Google Scholar