Date of Graduation
Master of Music (MM)
Denise R. Beike
Second Committee Member
Communication and the arts; Biological sciences; Psychology; Cognition; Development; Emotion perception; Music training
Numerous studies found evidence that music training can enhance cognitive abilities both for children and adults. However, no evidence was found yet, whether music training can enhance abilities in emotion perception. I tested 8-9 year-old children on emotion perception in visual and musical contexts. The tests did not show significant difference between the musically trained and non-trained group neither in visual nor in musical context, however, when emotion scores were analyzed separately for each piece of music, musically trained children's responses reflected stereotypical modes of approaching emotional meanings in music, moreover, musically trained children's judgments were more uniform as there was less variability between their responses compared to the responses of non-trained children, which can be attributed to the common expressive rules whereby children learn to convey emotions through music during their music training.
Maroti, Emese, "The Effect of Music Training on Emotion Perception in Childhood" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 920.