How Do Music and Poetry Become Expressive?



New research suggests the perceived intent of the artist plays an important role

Music and poetry share a capacity to make their audience feel things. How do they do it? Do the same cognitive mechanisms play a role in both art forms?

Omigie (2015) hypothesizes that empathy with an imagined human artist plays an important role. Listeners might feel sympathetically elated for the joyful events that led to writing a particular poem or song, or sympathetically saddened for the tragic ones. Full story.

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis Ph.D. (Psychology Today) / July 29, 2017

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