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25 April 2013 @ 06:02 pm
 
Hey orchestra lover,

I'm doing research on musical emotion and I can offer you an online psychological quiz that will tell you what you like about music and will help me to find out how similar we people are.


A Facebook version where you can invite your friends to participate:
http://apps.facebook.com/emotify/
A non-facebook version of it:
http://emotify.org/

Here is how it goes:
1. Select the genre that you like.
2. Listen to fragments of songs (whole pieces also available) and tell me how you felt (you just need to select from a list).
3. Get feedback on how your musical taste is different from that of other people and which emotional content you prefer in music.
4. Help me researchers to collect research data!

You might spend as much time as you like on it, from 1 minute to half an hour. In any case, thank you a lot!
 
 
 
James Camien: On a treefelephant on April 25th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Hi! I did the quiz and I was a bit confused by it. What's the point? I mean, what's the psychology-research point?
vieni: fire_flowervieni on April 25th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Well, the question is about inter-rater agreement - will people reach agreement on that this piece was primarily nostalgic and those induced power. So far the results are promising! Though it's very hard to obtain consistent results with that detailed a model of emotion.
James Camien: On a treefelephant on April 25th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
I found that the fine-grainedness of emotion makes a list of only nine choices such that I was having to choose almost arbitrarily which I would select. The other problem of course is that the emotional content of a piece of music is hard to redescribe. I mean - if you had to pick one word for 'sad', without using the word 'sad' you'd have a tough task ahead of you. 'Unhappy' is pretty close, perhaps; but most other words have slightly different shades of meaning. You can imagine how much harder the job is going to be with an entire song or symphony!

Which brings me to another difficulty: the emotional content of a piece is not always going to be the same as the emotional content of a one-minute extract of that piece. Beethoven's Fifth is triumphant, say, but even the bit at the end where the triumph really happens might not seem triumphant without the context of the rest of the symphony.
vieni: fire_flowervieni on April 26th, 2013 05:48 am (UTC)
Why what is that you had to choose almost arbitrarily? Were 9 emotions not enough or too many? I.e., if there would only be choice between "happy" and "sad", would it be easier?

Of course the content of the piece is changing in time, but in this test you were actually asked to describe what you were feeling and not what the piece was like. And person's feelings are not changing that quickly, they take some time to build up (in the end of first minute you might already have some music-induced emotion)
James Camien: On a treefelephant on April 26th, 2013 08:24 am (UTC)
It's not so much that there were too many as - what in the end is pretty similar - that you sometimes felt an emotion that was midway between a number of the options, and so which of them you picked was arbitrary.

I think I misunderstood the question - the buttons were for my emotions, not the pieces? Oops, sorry - but I don't think my emotions changed enough over the course of the extracts, or even over the course of the test as a whole - I probably would've picked a button and stuck with it!