Influence of Pitch Height on the Perception of Submissiveness and Threat in Musical Passages

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Title: Influence of Pitch Height on the Perception of Submissiveness and Threat in Musical Passages
Creators: Huron, David; Kinney, Daryl; Precoda, Kristin
Keywords: music
prosody
pitch height
emotion
threat
aggression
timidity
politeness
Issue Date: 2006-07
Publisher: Empirical Musicology Review
Citation: Empirical Musicology Review, v1 n3 (July 2006), 170-177
Abstract: Bolinger, Ohala, Morton and others have established that vocal pitch height is perceived to be associated with social signals of dominance and submissiveness: higher vocal pitch is associated with submissiveness, whereas lower vocal pitch is associated with social dominance. An experiment was carried out to test this relationship in the perception of non-vocal melodies. Results show a parallel situation in music: higher-pitched melodies sound more submissive (less threatening) than lower-pitched melodies.
ISSN: 1559-5749
Other Identifiers: EMR000011a
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/24068
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