It’s all in the timing: A psychologist measures how musicians communicate emotion

Dan Levitin designed a psychology experiment using a special player piano to analyze and reproduce a performance without expressive elements, and versions in between. When participants ranked their preference of versions it was found they matched the most expressive, in which a musician uses variations in timing, loudness and softness to convey emotion. In the second brief video, part 2, Levitin discusses implications for synthesized music. Hat tip: Open Culture.

Producer: McGill University Featuring: Daniel Levitin
Format: Flash Date: 24/02/11
Length: 00:04:55 and 00:03:22  
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From Psych Central's World of Psychology:
Top 10 Mental Health Videos of 2011 | World of Psychology (December 29, 2011)

    Last reviewed: 3 Apr 2011

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Kiume, S. (2011). Expressing Emotion Through Music. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 27, 2015, from


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