Stimulus 5: Wavin’ Flag by Young Artists For Haiti

These graphs report per stimulus the time course of responses across the 24 listening sessions. Some report the general patterns of responses, other show how the listener’s responses changed over successive exposures

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The continuous ratings of Felt Emotional Valence and Arousal, plotted three different ways. First as individual lines with the cross listening average, then layered per session with colour marking the scale values, and finally the activity-level times series reporting the proportion of listenings showing rating changes up or down per 2 s interval.

These responses were collected Wavin’ Flag, a song by K’naan and performed by a large collection of Canadian pop musicians as a fundraiser for Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. It was included because the music made the listener cry the first time they heard it on the radio, around the time of the earthquake. The following video is close but not exactly the radio cut used in the experiment.

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Stimulus 4: The Littlest Birds by The Be Good Tanyas

These graphs report per stimulus the time course of responses across the 24 listening sessions. Some report the general patterns of responses, other show how the listener’s responses changed over successive exposures

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The continuous ratings of Felt Emotional Valence and Arousal, plotted three different ways. First as individual lines with the cross listening average, then layered per session with colour marking the scale values, and finally the activity-level times series reporting the proportion of listenings showing rating changes up or down per 2 s interval.

These responses were collected The Littlest Birds, a bluegrass tune by The Be Good Tanyas. This song and all the harmonies were very familiar to the listener. It’s an extremely effective earworm.

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Stimulus 3: Visiting Hours by Shane Koyczan

These graphs report per stimulus the time course of responses across the 24 listening sessions. Some report the general patterns of responses, other show how the listener’s responses changed over successive exposures

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The continuous ratings of Felt Emotional Valence and Arousal, plotted three different ways. First as individual lines with the cross listening average, then layered per session with colour marking the scale values, and finally the activity-level times series reporting the proportion of listenings showing rating changes up or down per 2 s interval.

These responses were collected Visiting Hours, a studio recording of spoken word poetry by Shane Koyczan. The recording had been in the listener’s library for a few years, but it was not regularily heard. The following is a different performance of the same piece.

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Stimulus 2: Bizness by tUnE-yArDs

These graphs report per stimulus the time course of responses across the 24 listening sessions. Some report the general patterns of responses, other show how the listener’s responses changed over successive exposures

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The continuous ratings of Felt Emotional Valence and Arousal, plotted three different ways. First as individual lines with the cross listening average, then layered per session with colour marking the scale values, and finally the activity-level times series reporting the proportion of listenings showing rating changes up or down per 2 s interval.

The music these responses were collected to was Tune-Yards’s Bizness, from the Whokill album. The listener was familiar with this piece and album when they started the experiment.

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Stimulus 1: Varúò by Sigur Rós

These graphs report per stimulus the time course of responses across the 24 listening sessions. Some report the general patterns of responses, other show how the listener’s responses changed over successive exposures

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The continuous ratings of Felt Emotional Valence and Arousal, plotted three different ways. First as individual lines with the cross listening average, then layered per session with colour marking the scale values, and finally the activity-level times series reporting the proportion of listenings showing rating changes up or down per 2 s interval.

The music these responses were collected to was Sigur Ros’s Varuo, from the Valtari album, release in 2011. These responses are of the listeners first 24 hearings of this particular piece of epic post-rock.

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Felt emotion ratings to Stimulus 1

Felt emotion ratings to Stimulus 1

Continuous ratings of felt emotion, valence and arousal dimensions. The top graph shows the average rating against the related reports for felt emotional arousal, the second shows the ratings in heat values, each horizonal a single session’s response. The bottom pair are the same for the felt emotional valence ratings.

While arousal is very consistent across sessions, with perhaps an incremental intensification of response, valence shows striking variation in felt valence over the successive listenings. Though not a simple break, the later listenings show a greater proportion of time reporting felt negative valence. The intensity of valence seems similar, whether high or low, as visible in the symmetry around the Valence midpoint in the third plot.