Please use this persistent identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.24405/14257
Title: Beyond demand: Investigating spontaneous evaluation of chord progressions with the affective priming paradigm
Authors: Müller, Mira
Klein, Julian
Jacobsen, Thomas 
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Language: eng
Keywords: Affective priming;Expertise;Music aesthetics;Music induced emotions;Spontaneous evaluation
Subject (DDC): 100 Philosophie & Psychologie
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Publisher: Univ. of California Press
Document Type: Article
Source: Mira Müller, Julian Klein, Thomas Jacobsen; Beyond Demand: Investigating Spontaneous Evaluation of Chord Progressions with the Affective Priming Paradigm. Music Perception 1 September 2011; 29 (1): 93–108. doi:
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): Music perception : an interdisciplinary journal
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
Page Start: 93
Page End: 108
Publisher Place: Berkeley, CA
WE ASSUME THAT EVALUATIVE PROCESSES IN RESPONSE TO musical stimuli can occur spontaneously without explicit demand, and that these responses are important for the emergence of emotions evoked by music. Two versions of the affective priming paradigm served to study spontaneous evaluation of music. In Experiment 1, a lexical decision task (LDT) and in Experiments 2 and 3, an evaluative decision task (EDT) was employed. A total of 20 original four-part, five-chord piano sequences with no specified harmonic resolution were used as primes. During the LDT, congruency in valence of prime-target pairs did not affect response times to the targets. However, for the EDT, significant effects of priming were obtained, indicating that spontaneous evaluations of primes must have occurred. No moderating influences of music expertise or any other person variable on spontaneous evaluation were observed. The diverging results of LDT and EDT point to the possibility that spontaneous evaluative processes are sensitive to context manipulations. Results are discussed with reference to harmonic and semantic priming studies. © 2011 by the Regents of the University of California All Rights Reserved.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Insitut für Psychologie, Universität Leipzig
ISSN: 07307829
Publisher DOI: 10.1525/mp.2011.29.1.93
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