Don't be Sad; Two out of Three Ain't Bad
October 20, 2013 5:46 PM Subscribe
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Why do we feel happy when we listen to sad music? A study from the Tokyo University of the Arts and RIKEN
says that while we expect sad feelings to result from sad music, often the emotions are more neutral or even positive.
It goes on to discuss some reasons this may be true such as the vicarious nature of the emotions or that we know the song will be sad and "listeners experience positive feelings when a future event is successfully predicted."
The Exploratorium provides some examples
of songs in both major and minor key to help illustrate the difference between happy and sad sounding music.