Music and emotions

Music induces blends of emotions through a multitude of psychological mechanisms. The studies in our lab investigate the influence of empathy, visual imagery, mood and social factors in emotional responses to classical music. We are also interested in physiological (e.g., cardio-respiratory) correlates of music-induced emotions and how they change with the complexity of the music listening context. One of the major challenges of our research is to understand the way music interacts with visual and socio-emotional stimuli in emotional reactivity to opera. Our aim is to understand how music induces emotions in the real world, and this is reflected in the choice of music stimuli that we use in lab research and out ambition to replicate laboratory findings in field studies.


F. R. Balteș, & A. C. Miu (2014). Emotions during live music performance: Links with individual differences in empathy, visual imagery and mood. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain 24, 58-65.

F. R. Balteş, M. Miclea, & A. C. Miu (2012). Does everybody like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons? Affective space and a comparison of music-induced emotions between musicians and non-musicians. Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal 16, 107-119.

A.C. Miu & F. R. Baltes (2011). Empathy manipulation impacts music-induced emotions: A psychophysiological study on opera. PLoS ONE, e30618.

F. R. Baltes, J. Avram, M. Miclea, & A. C. Miu (2011). Emotions induced by operatic music: Psychophysiological effects of music, plot, and acting. A scientist's tribute to Maria Callas. Brain and Cognition 76 (1), 146-157.