Effects of harmonics on aesthetic judgments of music: an ERP study involving laypersons and experts

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Advertisement Effects of harmonics on aesthetic judgments of music: an ERP study involving laypersons and experts

Marta Jaśkiewicz / Piotr Francuz * / Emilia Zabielska-Mendyk / Dariusz Zapała / Paweł Augustynowicz

Keywords : event-related potentials, late positive potential, early right anterior negativity, music processing, expertise, music aesthetics

Citation Information : Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. Volume 76, Issue 2, Pages 142-151, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/ane-2017-013

License : (CC BY 4.0)

Received Date : 28-July-2015 / Accepted: 03-June-2016 / Published Online: 25-July-2017

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The purpose of the study was to test whether aesthetic judgments of music are affected by expertise or harmonic violation of musical sequences. The participants were 14 musical experts and 13 laypersons; they were asked to judge the beauty and correctness of extracts from J.S. Bach’s chorales. Experts and laypersons showed different late positive potential (LPP) responses to the appraisal of correctness. LPP also proved to be sensitive to the extent to which the extracts violated harmonic expectations. The relationship between the early right anterior negativity potential (ERAN) and the harmonic correctness of chords was similar in laypersons and experts.

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