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Study shows exactly why we love listening to sad music

Study shows exactly why we love listening to sad music

Love listening to sad music? A new Japanese study finds that mournful songs might actually evoke positive emotions -- because experiencing sadness through art actually feels pleasant. Lead researcher Ai Kawakami and colleagues at Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan, asked 44 volunteers, including both musicians and non-musicians, to listen to two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music. Subjects then were required to use a set of keywords to rate both their perception of the music and their own emotional state. The sad pieces of music included Glinka's "La Séparation" in F minor and Blumenfeld's Etude "Sur Mer" in G minor. The happy music piece was Granados's Allegro de Concierto in G major. To control for the "happy" effect of a major key, they also played the minor-key pieces in major key, and vice versa. Findings showed tha...

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