Journal article

It’s not what you sing, it’s how you sing it: How the emotional valence of vocal timbre influences listeners’ emotional perception of words

Kristal L Spreadborough, Ines Anton-Mendez

Psychology of Music | SAGE Publications | Published : 2019


This Here we present an investigation into whether vocal timbre impacts on emotional perception of sung words, and whether this effect is intersubjective. That is, does vocal timbre influence the processing of emotion in words, and does it do so in a similar way across listeners? If so, this could help overcome the lack of appropriate analytical techniques for vocal timbre analysis in popular music by approaching such analysis from the perspective of vocal timbres emotive content and how this emotive content impacts emotional perception of sung words (lyrics), specifically in popular, lyric-based, vocal songs. The results of a reception test on emotional word perception according to timbre v..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Australian Postgraduate Award, the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, University of New England (Australia).