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How culture informs people’s emotional reaction to music – podcast

In this episode, we speak to a musicologist who’s been finding out how much a person’s cultural background influences their emotional reaction to music – and to certain harmonies.

When George Athanasopoulos and his colleagues decided to investigate whether a person’s emotional response to music and harmony is innate or shaped by culture, they needed to go to a place with a bad internet connection.

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“We wanted to see whether the western concepts of music, which are specifically related to a major chord …

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