Physically experienced reactions while listening to music: a questionnaire survey using czech sample

Roman Mlejnek


The relationship between emotion and music is an up-to-date topic of psychology of music. Studying physicaly experienced responses such as chills, tears and racing heart represents an important aproach. A questionaire survey methodologicaly based on two foreign studies (Sloboda, 1991; Schönberger, 2006) partly confirmed their results but disagrees with them in some findings. More frequent physical responses when listening to music in women, which was reported by previous studies, was confirmed only for respondents older that 30 in this survey and an interaction with age was found. Further, more frequent physical responses in professional musicans than in amateur musicans and non-musicans were found. In accordance with previous studies, goose-pimples and chills appeared to be the two most frequent responses. Relations between particular types of responses are discussed, as well as sources of experiencing chills and possible relationships with personality factors.

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music, emotion, physicaly experienced reactions, chills


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