Understanding emotions in music

posted by Jason Kottke Apr 17, 2009

When western music was played to members of the Mafa people from Cameroon who have never been exposed to western music, movies, or art, they were able to recognize the emotions conveyed by the music, even though the Mafa don't associate emotions with their own music.

Update: Radiolab did a thing on the universal appeal of country music. (thx, jason)