Can Frontal Alpha Asymmetry Predict the Perception of Emotions in Music?
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Resting frontal alpha asymmetry was measured with an electroencephalogram in 28 volunteers to predict the evaluation of emotions in music. Sixteen music excerpts either expressing happiness, sadness, anger or fear were rated by the participants with regard to conveyed mood, pleasantness and arousal. In addition, various variables of music background were collected. The experiment started with the assessment of current mood, followed by the evaluation of the music excerpts, and finished with the assessment of the participants’ approach and withdrawal behaviour. The results showed that each music excerpt was specic for the intended mood except for music of the category anger which obtained also high ratings for fear. These music excerpts were also the only ones for which a difference in ratings between relatively more left-active and right-active participants could be observed. Partly against expectations, left-dominant volunteers perceived music excerpts of the category anger to express more fear and anger than right-active participants. Results are interpreted within the behavioural inhibitionand approach model of anterior brain asymmetry.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 91 p.
alpha asymmetry, resting state, emotions in music, motivational direction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12800DiVA: diva2:954178
Subject / course
MacGregor, Oskar, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive NeuroscienceKallio, Sakari, Senior Lecturer/Head of Division
Revonsuo, Antti, Professor