Nature or nurture? Does a persons sound biography determine what music they find to be happy or sad? Is it just our experience that makes matches and associations or are we programmed to react to music as an emotional trigger? Here is indication that even babies – with no associations saved in their memory will perceive the difference between happy and sad music.
As recent studies indicate babies at the age of nine months can distinguish between a happy and a sad song. This tells us that music in itself is emotionally communicative as the babies are not old enough to have learned cultural or idiosyncratic differences in interpreting music. Music is the universal language when it comes to mood. The main power of music isn’t really in its lyrics, music is an emotional medium.
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