Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Evidence from young children regarding emotional responses to music

Steven John Holochwosta1 and Carroll E. Izarda1

a1 Department of Psychology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19711.


Juslin & Västfjäll (J&V) propose a theoretical framework of how music may evoke an emotional response. This commentary presents results from a pilot study that employed young children as participants, and measured musically induced emotions through facial expressions. Preliminary findings support certain aspects of the proposed theoretical framework. The implications of these findings on future research employing the proposed framework are discussed.

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