Doctoral thesis

Entrainment as a psychological mechanism of emotion induction in music listening

Defense date2015-09-14

Music is known to induce strong affective reactions in listeners both in the form of pleasure and emotional responses. However, the psychological mechanisms that drive these processes are still poorly understood. Entrainment is the physical principle whereby temporally organized systems, or oscillators, tend to become synchronized as they interact with each other. Given the ubiquity of rhythmical patterns in both music and humans, rhythmic entrainment has been proposed as a potential emotion induction mechanism during music listening. This thesis investigates rhythmic entrainment through the lens of Trost and Vuilleumier's framework (2013), which proposes at least four different levels at which entrainment may occur, namely: the perceptual, the physiological, the motor, and the social level. To this end, five studies were designed to test the links between the first three levels and self-reported ratings of entrainment with felt emotion ratings in different music listening paradigms.

  • Emotion
  • Entrainment
  • Music
  • Rhythm
  • Self-report
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - P1GEP1_148551
Citation (ISO format)
LABBE RODRIGUEZ, Carolina. Entrainment as a psychological mechanism of emotion induction in music listening. 2015. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:76771
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