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Music & arousal
> Dan Ellis:
> Dr. Al Bregman said you might be able to help me, or at least send out a
> post on your "auditory" e-mail list. I'm involved in a discussion over
> the topic of "rock music". It's being said that the syncopated beats of
> rock music create physiological desires for sex and violence which
> completely offsets any altruistic message that a rock song might
> contain. Does this reasoning have any credence whatsoever? My
> understanding is that, apart from the lyrics, music's effect on thoughts
> and moods vary greatly from person to person and culture to culture.
> What is your insight on this? Do you know of any related research?
Well, I worked on the problem of sexual arousal in music off an on for
about a decade, primarily physiological effects of the sort of high intensity
sound used in rock, rhythmic theory, etc. I think I can say two things
about this: the current level of theorization/research on these matters is
more than crude; the number of people interested in such matters is
negligible. Too bad.
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