The influence of social situations on music listening.

Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Oliver Grewe, Hauke Egermann, Frederik Nagel, Reinhard Kopiez, Eckart Altenmüller

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The aim of this study was to investigate whether listening to music in a group setting influenced the emotion felt by the listeners. We hypothesized that individuals hearing music in a group would experience more intense emotions than the same individuals hearing the same music on their own. The emotional reactions to 10 musical excerpts (previously shown to contain chill-inducing psychoacoustic parameters) were measured in a within-subjects design. We found, contrary to our hypothesis, that the participants (all musicians) did not experience more chills when listening to music in a group than when listening alone. These findings may be explained by a lesser degree of concentration on the music in the group condition.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalThe Neurosciences and Music III---Disorders and Plasticity: Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009


  • Adult,Emotions,Humans,Interpersonal Relations,Music,Music: psychology

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