Survey of all reactions

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI:
Survey of all reactions

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The analysis of the content in all the 1,350 accounts has been a long and arduous process. It reveals a total of about 150 different reactions (aspects). These have been arranged in a scheme — a descriptive system —with three levels. The top, fundamental level (level 1) comprises seven categories: (i) general characteristics, (ii) physical reactions and behaviours, (iii) perception, (iv) cognition, (v) feelings, emotion, (vi) existential and transcendental aspects, and (vii) personal and social aspects. Each of these comprises two to eight sub-categories (level 2), which in turn comprise a varying number of reactions (level 3). This chapter contains a description and examples of the various categories and reactions. Quite a lot may be familiar from the comments accompanying the accounts in the previous chapters.

Keywords: strong experiences with music; physical reactions; perception; cognition; feelings

Chapter.  13074 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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