The Listener's Temperament and Perceived Tempo and Loudness of Music

Joanna Kantor-Martynuska


The relationship between the listener's temperament and perceived magnitude of tempo and loudness of music was studied using the techniques of magnitude production, magnitude estimation scaling and cross-modal matching. Four piano pieces were presented at several levels of tempo and loudness. In Study 1, participants adjusted tempo and loudness of music to their subjective level of comfort. In Study 2, participants estimated these parameters on a numerical scale and matched the length of a line segment to the estimates of these musical features. The results showed significant correlations of selected aspect of perceived tempo with perseveration and endurance as well as of selected aspects of perceived loudness with endurance and emotional reactivity. Perceived tempo and loudness, as measured by magnitude production and cross-modal matching tasks, do not seem to systematically correlate with the six formal characteristics of behavior distinguished in the most recent version of the Regulative Theory of Temperament (RTT). Additionally, there is some evidence that they are selectively associated with reactivity and activity, the dimensions of a previous version of the RTT. The study extends the methodology of research on music preferences and the stimulatory value of music.
Author Joanna Kantor-Martynuska (Wydział Psychologii)
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Journal seriesEuropean Journal of Personality, ISSN 0890-2070, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2009
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Languageen angielski
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