Emotional Priming

effects of consonant and dissonant chords on emotion word judgments





Primig, Emotional Priming, Chords


In the present experiment, participants (32 college students with a mean age of 26.7; ± 4.2) were instructed to make judgments regarding the emotional valence of words with positive, negative, and neutral valence presented immediately after a chord, dissonant or consonant to be played In the initial analysis, the negative valence words were most often considered as positive when preceded by dissonant chords. While in the second analysis, we considered the chord classification assigned by participants. This result showed that treble chords were perceived as more positive, while bass chords as more negative. Most importantly, this analysis revealed that neutral valence words when preceded by treble chords were also more often perceived as positive.


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Author Biographies

Raquel Aline Ramos Motta, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Master in Neurosciences with emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2017). Specialist in Neurosciences and its Interfaces (UFMG/ 2015). Graduated in Occupational Therapy (UFMG/ 2014) with additional training in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience in Clinical Practice and in Psychogeriatrics from the Medical School of UFMG (2015).  She was a fellow of the Postgraduate Program in Neurosciences working in the Memory Laboratory (FAFICH/UFMG/ 2016), where she developed research related to memory, emotion, sound and chords.

Maurílio Nunes Vieira, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Graduated in Electrical Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (1987), Master in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1989) and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (1997). He was a professor at the Physics Department of UFMG from Jan 1991-Feb 2012, transferring to the Electronics Department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, where he is currently a full professor.

Antonio Jaeger, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Psychology: Cognition and Behavior (UFMG). Leader of the Memory and Cognition Research Group (UFMG), registered in the CNPQ research group directory. PhD in Psychology from UFRGS with sandwich period at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St Louis (USA) with funding from the National Institute of Health, postdoctoral fellowship at PUCRS with funding from CNPq, and postdoctoral fellowship at USP with funding from FAPESP.


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How to Cite

Motta, Raquel Aline Ramos, Maurílio Nunes Vieira, and Antonio Jaeger. 2021. “Emotional Priming: Effects of Consonant and Dissonant Chords on Emotion Word Judgments”. Per Musi, no. 41 (July):1-24. https://doi.org/10.35699/2317-6377.2021.34563.



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