how is music tied to emotions?
Why is it that when we hear a song in a minor key our mind associates it with sadness? Or when we hear a song in a major key we associate it with happiness? Is there some biological connection between the sounds and our brain or is it all environmental? If I took a baby and taught it that minor songs were happy and major songs were sad would it work?
- Anonymous1 month ago
It's mostly biological, part cultural (related to language). Chinese tonal mother-tongue do perceive some music differently than Westerners.
- ExpatLv 61 month ago
This has long been a topic of study and research. There's a lot on this - how the modes and keys affect us both physically and emotionally. It is part of the field of musicology.
- Pearl LLv 71 month ago
thats just the way music is
- RWPossumLv 71 month ago
Anybody who says he knows is a liar. There have been experiments in which different kinds of music were played to hunter-gatherer tribesmen, and the findings are not conclusive. They had a slight inkling that some songs were sadder than others.
For those who don't understand the question, here's Girls Just Want To Have Fun in a minor key. It will bring tears to your eyes. Then the original.