Idunno asked in Social SciencePsychology · 1 month ago

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?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It's mostly biological, part cultural (related to language). Chinese tonal mother-tongue do perceive some music differently than Westerners.

  • Expat
    Lv 6
    1 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. 


  • 1 month ago

    thats just the way music is

  • 1 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.

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