Why does music affect our feelings and moods, and sometimes even move us to tears?
This talk will explain how music is able to convey emotional meaning to listeners, and explore the psychological mechanisms through which music stirs up our emotions. In particular, the talk will discuss the intriguing case of sad music: Why do we sometimes enjoy listening to music that actually makes us feel sad, and what has empathy got to do with it?
Dr. Jonna Vuoskoski is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Music, where she carries out research on the psychology and cognition of music. She received her doctorate in 2012 from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, where she was affiliated with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research.