Music, Heart Rate, and Emotions in the Context of Stimulating Technologies

  • Jenni Anttonen
  • Veikko Surakka
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4738)


The present aim was to explore heart rate responses when stimulating participants with technology primarily aimed at the rehabilitation of older adults. Heart rate responses were measured from 31 participants while they listened to emotionally provoking negative, neutral, and positive musical clips. Ratings of emotional experiences were also collected. The results showed that heart rate responses to negative musical stimuli differed significantly from responses to neutral stimuli. The use of emotion-related physiological responses evoked by stimulating devices offers a possibility to enhance, for example, emotionally stimulating or otherwise therapeutic sessions.


Emotions music heart rate physiology stimulating technologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenni Anttonen
    • 1
  • Veikko Surakka
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction (TAUCHI), Department of Computer Sciences, University of Tampere, FIN-33014 TampereFinland
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Tampere University Hospital, P.O. Box 2000, FIN-33521 TampereFinland

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