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The emotions we perceive in music: agreement and language

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In this study, we address the relation between the emotions perceived in pop and rock music and people that speak different languages. We use pop/rock music (in English and Spanish) since these musical styles can be considered  as neutral and homogeneous even if sung in different languages. The musical fragments are rated with emotion tags of the Geneva Emotion Music Scale (GEMS). We also aim at characterizing perceived emotion with respect to mother tongue, demographic data, musical knowledge and taste, and familiarity with the examples.

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At the end of this survey and as a small thank you for your time, we will provide your Music Sophistication Index, which measures your ability to engage with music, as it was defined in Müllensiefen, D., Gingras, B., Stewart, L. & Musil, J. (2014). The Musicality of Non-Musicians: An Index for Measuring Musical Sophistication in the General Population. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89642. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089642.

This experiment takes part of the context of the TROMPA project (PI: Emilia Gómez), where we use citizen science as a key component of our research. If you want more information about the project, you can check our website or contact the main author of this study at

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Juan Sebastian Gómez Cañón
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Music Technology Group - Music Information Research Lab

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Name of the research

TROMPA: Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives

Funded by

EU - HORIZON 2020, Grant Agreement 770376


May 1st 2018 - 30 April 2020

Researcher details


Juan Sebastián Gómez Cañón


Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Music Technology Group


Carrer de Tànger, 122-140, 08018, Barcelona, Spain


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