A Simulation Theory of Musical Expressivity

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2):191-207 (2010)
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Abstract

This paper examines the causal basis of our ability to attribute emotions to music, developing and synthesizing the existing arousal, resemblance and persona theories of musical expressivity to do so. The principal claim is that music hijacks the simulation mechanism of the brain, a mechanism which has evolved to detect one's own and other people's emotions.

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Tom Cochrane
Flinders University

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