Lab Publication of the Week: Broze, Paul, Allen, and Guarna (2014)


Median emotion ratings for negatively and positively valenced emotion pairs from Experiment 1.

For this week’s publication of the week, we’re looking at the work Yuri Broze, Brandon Paul, Erin Allen, and Kate Guarna did on the the role of voice multiplicity on the perception of emotion in music. They conducted three experiments, and found that listeners rated passages with more voices as sounding more happy, less sad, less lonely, and more proud.

It’s a really fascinating study with fascinating implications.



Broze, Y., Paul, B. T., Allen, E. T., & Guarna, K. M. (2014). Polyphonic Voice Multiplicity, Numerosity, and Musical Emotion Perception. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 32(2), 143–159.