What is it about?

When listening to music, people sometimes experience strong emotional responses such as chills (shivers down the spine). We show that listeners experience chills even when listening to music of other cultures they are not familiar with, and that similar acoustic events in the music (e.g. a peak in loudness) may lead to chills cross-culturally.

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Why is it important?

Out findings suggest that some of the ways music induces emotion in listeners are shared across cultures and are not bound to a culture's tonal system and societal norms.

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This page is a summary of: Do you chill when I chill? A cross-cultural study of strong emotional responses to music., Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, February 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/aca0000310.
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