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Does anyone know of any studies or experiments carried out regarding the relationship between art/music and the emotions?

Asked by nebule (16439points) April 12th, 2010

I’m trying to find some evidence for an essay I’m writing on Emotions and I’d like to incorporate some information on how music and art affects the emotions.

I’m particularly thinking about how they can evoke different emotions by listening to or looking at different types of art and music respectively, in correlation with us having any beliefs or judgements about it.

If, for example I looked at a piece of abstract art and I could say it made me feel happy…whether there would be a reason for that…embedded in belief, knowledge or judgement etc. or whether the emotion just existed separate from any cognitive function. And then perhaps whether the same piece of art evoked the same emotions in different people…not sure entirely but some kind of experiment like this…

Does anyone know of any research projects, information, theories, tests etc. that could help me?

Hey actually maybe I could create my own experiment…with my own art…. hmmmm interesting…

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jeanmay's avatar

Unfortunately not, sorry! This book looks interesting, but I’m not sure if it’s exactly what you’re looking for. Good luck!

nebule's avatar

That’s superb!! And one of our own OU professors too…excellent!! thank you

jeanmay's avatar

You’re welcome, hope it proves to be of help.

marinelife's avatar

This person is conducting an experiment now. perhaps they would share their results with you.

Here is a paper on providing tools for determining what emotions music evokes.

Music and the Brain is the name of this paper.

DarkScribe's avatar

That’s why they call it the “Blues”.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I don’t know of any specific studies,but from my personal experience as an artist,I have been told by people who have purchased my work that it makes them happy,which in turn makes me happy ;))

Ame_Evil's avatar

Useful site for finding studies. Just try typing some key words what you are looking for.

nebule's avatar

thanks guys xx excellent stuff!

anartist's avatar

There should be a lot of information in the arts therapy fields. Psychodrama, dance therapy, art therapy, bibliotherapy and there must also be music therapy.
You might find reading suggestions by following links here
Music therapy and depression article here

anartist's avatar

and another music therapy article here
PubMed search for art therapy here
(Art and music therapy articles listed at PubMed link above along with some other therapies)

Check NIMH for ongoing research projects

anartist's avatar

@zophu you’re talking psy ops ——pretty negative stuff but definitely relevant.

nebule's avatar

Thank you all sooo much…I’m slowly working my way through all the articles and entries…xxx

LostInParadise's avatar

A thought I had. One aspect of art is to distill experience, so it makes good sense to look to art for its emotional impact. I was wondering though if it could be possible to study the emotional impact of scenes in the real world. What emotions are associated with entering a shopping mall or a school building or seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time?

anartist's avatar

This quote is hilarious—-
Mark Hadsell on PsyOps in Iraq “These people haven’t heard heavy metal. They can’t take it. If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That’s when we come in and talk to them.”

Aster's avatar

The only thing I’ve heard is that people who kill themselves are often listening to C&W music when they do it.

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