Music has an undeniable power to evoke emotion. Music is present at every important social gathering such as- weddings, funerals, birthdays, and more. Every ‘normal’ person responds to music’s ability to tap into people’s emotions.. Music brings up questions such as… Why does music evoke emotion? How does music affect emotion? Is music a basic human need like shelter and food Such questions cut to the very core of human nature.
Answers to these questions would help to clarify the unique role of music in our lives If emotions and music can influence our senses and how we perceive objects around us, do they also influence how we view other people? They do. Music seems to prime our minds to perceive people in a similar emotional light. In a study, people looked at the extent to which music influences how participants read the facial expression of emotions of others. Studies have demonstrated that normal people are quite good at correctly identifying the emotion on a person’s face (without music).
Yet listening to music can lead one to believe that an individual’s face looks more happy or sad than it really is. For example, a slow tempo song can influence participants to believe that a person looks sad even when they are expressing no emotion at all. On the other hand, when participants listen to faster tempo, upbeat music, they believe a neutral face is more or less happy. Music has a big effect on how we perceive the world. Although it’s not clear why music has such an influence on our emotions, mood and behaviors, it seems clear that music does alter how we perceive the world around us. Power of music By dado-k